An Evening with the Authors

Tuesday, Mar. 19 | 6:30–8:30pm | All ages | WSEC, Board Room | 500 Washington St., Chelsea

CDL is pleased to host award-winning authors for children for the 15th year! 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.

Meet the 2024 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.

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author and interfaith activist who writes books for readers of all ages. Her most popular series, Yasmin, has twenty titles and follows the life of a second-grade Pakistani American girl named Yasmin as she works through everyday problems. First and second grade students at North Creek Elementary School will have the opportunity to read several Yasmin titles including Yasmin the Librarian, Yasmin the Chef, and Yasmin the Builder, as well as books from Saadia's newest series Ali the Great. Saadia will be traveling to Chelsea from her home state of Texas, where she lives with her family. Learn more about Saadia's work for all ages on her website.

Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel is the author of more than a dozen books for middle grade readers. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at South Meadows Elementary will have the opportunity to read her award-winning books including The Newspaper Club, A Blind Guide to Stinkville, and To Tell You the Truth. Beth’s realistic fiction focuses on friendships, family, and kids who learn to stand tall and solve problems in their everyday lives. She is traveling to Chelsea from Connecticut, where she lives with her family. Visit Beth's website to learn more about her work.

K.A. Holt

Kari Anne (K.A.) Holt is an award-winning author of several middle grade novels-in-verse including Ben Bee and the Teacher Griefer, Redwood & PonytailKnockoutHouse Arrest, and Rhyme Schemer. Dedicated to showing kids that anyone can be the main character of a book, she writes a variety of books in and about poetry. She also occasionally writes for adults, and is a founding member of the Typewriter Rodeo, where poets write custom poems on vintage typewriters. Kari Anne comes to Chelsea from Texas, where she lives with her wife, kids, and two dogs, Bea and Arthur. Learn more about Kari Anne's books on her site!

2024 Events

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Authors in Chelsea – An Evening with the Authors

The whole community is invited to meet our 2024 Authors in Chelsea as they chat about writing, finding inspiration and new ideas, and so much more, followed by a book signing session. Each author will speak for 15-20 minutes. Come ready with questions! Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Serendipity Books– arrive early to grab copies of your favorites.

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

March 19-20, 2024

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 ElementarySaadia Faruqi
South Meadows ElementaryBeth Vrabel
Beach Middle SchoolK.A. Holt

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.