Books

We’re Off to Harvard Square: Local Artist’s Illustrations Get a Second Life

The first time Sage Stossel sat down to pen We’re Off to Harvard Square, she gave up. Stossel wanted to write and illustrate a children’s book, and figured the easiest way to go about doing so was to write a story and then sketch out the drawings to accompany it. The longtime Harvard Square resident had recently moved away from Cambridge, […]


Last-Minute Holiday Recipes from the Brass Sisters

No holiday season is complete without delicious, homemade baked goods. The way the oven warms the kitchen, the smells wafting through the rooms of the house—we’re getting homesick just thinking about it. Still, you can only down so many chocolate chip cookies before getting baked goods burnout. So we asked two of the best bakers in […]


A Q&A With Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson

You know that episode of Bob’s Burgers where Louise says it’s creepy that her dad’s role model, pitcher Torpedo Jones, is the same age as he is? Tavi Gevinson is my Torpedo Jones. (Actually, since I’m 24 and she’s 19, I guess I’m even creepier than Bob.) Gevinson founded Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls that covers everything from […]


Dead in Good Company at Mount Auburn Cemetery

“Anybody who recommends meeting in a cemetery has gotta be a really interesting character.” Kim Nagy is reflecting on the first time she met John Harrison, with whom she worked as a co-editor on the recently published essay collection Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It was 2011, and Nagy was going […]


Keeping Up Shop: Grolier Poetry and Raven Used Books

The local and the literary, two of Cambridge’s top values, meet in independent bookstores around the city. Our big names—Harvard Book Store and Porter Square Books—come from our neighborhoods rather than national chains. They seem to be thriving, with celebrity author events, cafe? menus and warehouse sales. But what about the niche bookstores, the even […]


From Artist to Author to Publisher: Merrimack Media’s Jenny Hudson

Jenny Hudson has been a visual artist her whole life. She taught art at both the high school and college level, and she’s worked as a graphic designer and web designer for most of her career. But several years ago, she found a new outlet for her creativity: writing fiction. Hudson would get up at 6 in the morning, write for […]


Cambridge Bookstores Celebrate Their Independence

On April 18, scores of rabid vinyl collectors began lining up in the wee hours of the morning for Record Store Day, the annual music celebration that lures shoppers into area record stores with limited-edition pressings and in-store performances. Literature lovers now have a similar day of festivities all their own: Independent Bookstore Day, which will be commemorated by […]


SCOUT OUT: Tips from Cambridge Authors

The blank page and relentless flashing of Word’s cursor can be a writer’s worst enemies. Gathering inspiration, dealing with writer’s block and finding the perfect place to write are common challenges for many writers. But thankfully, Cambridge is home to impressive historic and contemporary writers, some of whom are willing to share their trade secrets […]