Articles by Alyssa Vaughn

Porter Square Books Writer in Residence to Pen YA Queer Romance Novel

Like many other Cambridge residents, Kathryn Amato often finds herself getting lost in the shelves at Porter Square Books. Come this February, however, Amato will be spending even more time at the beloved bookstore—the romance-novelist-turned-young-adult-author was just selected as one of Porter Square Books’ first two Writers in Residence. “Along with being a place that […]


Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


The Sister Act Behind Kendall Square’s Vester and Dumpling Daughter

It’s 2 p.m., but from the looks of the crowd surrounding the counter at Kendall Square’s Dumpling Daughter, you’d think it was high noon. The room is energetic, full of chattering researchers, college kids, and families, digging into pork buns and slurping noodles. Between the conversations, the colorful photos on the walls, and the pop […]


Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]