An Evening with the Authors

Tuesday, Mar. 15 | 6:30–8:00pm | All ages | WSEC, Board Room | 500 Washington St., Chelsea

Once again, CDL is pleased to host award-winning authors for children! The general public is invited to An Evening with the Authors, our community event where you will hear from all three nationally-known Authors in Chelsea, have a chance to ask questions, and purchase books to be signed (courtesy of Serendipity Books). Have you ever wondered what the writing process is like for a published author? How do they develop characters and setting? What’s it like writing for young children, versus tweens and adults? An Evening with the Authors is your chance to find out! Come ready with your questions about reading and writing for this very special community event! Read on to learn about this year's lineup.

FREE BOOKS for the first 20 families at An Evening with the Authors! Be one of the first families to arrive at this community event, and receive a coupon to select one free book from Serendipity Book's table. One per household; valid only at An Evening with the Authors.

Read the books!

Find Authors in Chelsea books and audiobooks in the library catalog!
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Meet the 2022 lineup!

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Our goal is to encourage children to explore the art and craft of writing in order to better read and appreciate literature and explore the “power of writing.” Through close personal contact with award-winning authors, students work to improve their creative writing and reading skills and be inspired to excellence.

Theanne Griffith

Theanne Griffith is a neuroscientist and the author of the STEM-themed chapter books series The Magnificent Makers, which the 1st and 2nd graders at North Creek Elementary will be reading. Since she was a little girl, Dr. Griffith has loved both storytelling and science. Her books blend these two passions, taking young readers on out-of-this-world adventures they'll never forget. She also co-writes the new nonfiction series Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files. Dr. Griffith earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California Davis. Learn more about The Magnificent Makers books, including fun science activities to try, here.

James Buckley, Jr.

James Buckley, Jr. is the author of hundreds of nonfiction and sports books for kids of all ages. South Meadows students will be excited to see he has written for beloved series such as the New York Times' bestselling Who Was biography series and DK Life Stories, and is the producer of Scholastic's annual publication Year in Sports. JB's most recent work involves the new graphic novel biography series Show Me History. His career began with Sports Illustrated and NFL Publishing, where he wrote numerous kids books about the league before starting his own book-production company. JB is traveling to Chelsea from Santa Barbara, CA. Check out his full publication list on his website.

Katherine Arden

Sixth graders at Beach Middle School will be reading Katherine Arden‘s first book in her middle grade horror quartet, Small Spaces, in preparation for her visit. The fourth book, Empty Smiles, will be released later this year. Ms. Arden is also the critically acclaimed author of the Winternight trilogy series for adults, which was nominated multiple times for Hugo and Locus Awards. Her works focus on the fine line between fairy tale and real life, storytelling and downright scary. She lives in Vermont with a dog named Moose. Learn more about Ms. Arden on her website.

2022 Events

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Authors in Chelsea – An Evening with the Authors

The whole community is invited to meet our 2022 Authors in Chelsea as they chat about writing, finding inspiration and new ideas, and so much more, followed by a book signing session. Come ready with questions! Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Serendipity Books.

6:30–8:00pm | All ages | WSEC Center, Board Room | 500 Washington St., Chelsea

March 15-16, 2022

Photo of Dori Hillestad Butler at North Creek Elementary

In the Classroom

During the school day, Chelsea students in grades 1-6 will attend presentations and workshops led by their school's author.

Click on each author's name to visit their websites for teacher resources and more information.

North Creek ElementaryTheanne Griffith
South Meadows Elementary and Beach Middle SchoolJames Buckley, Jr.; Who Was series curriculum guides
Beach Middle SchoolKatherine Arden

Learn about the History of Authors in Chelsea

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Over the years, a wide variety of writers have been invited to Chelsea, including award-winning authors Jennifer Holm, Kenneth Oppel, Gary Schmidt, Nancy Shaw, and many others! Click here to discover more about past Authors in Chelsea.

Special Thanks to the following organizations for their support of this program.