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SUDBURY – The Wayside Inn Foundation and A Lifely Read are pleased to host authors Erica Bauermeister and Karen Karbo at Modern Fireside Poets on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

This virtual event will bring Bauermeister (the NYT bestselling author of four novels, including Reese’s Book Club pick The Scent Keeper and The School of Essential Ingredients) and Karbo (author of 14 award-winning books including her memoir The Stuff of Life and the novel Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, both NYT Notable Books) together around a virtual hearth to discuss food, hospitality, and travel.

The “Fireside Poets” were a group of 19th -century American poets who wrote popular verse, often with domestic themes. The Wayside Inn, the ancient hostelry, is known for its hospitality, hearty food, and ready hearths; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a “Fireside Poet,” based his poetry collection ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn’ on a group of friends sharing stories at the Inn’s tavern. During the early months of the pandemic, when The Wayside Inn was closed to
diners and overnight guests, the Inn was missing an important essence: People coming together to share stories, food, and the warmth of each other’s company. Although the historic site has opened up again in many capacities, we are offering “Modern Fireside Poets” as a way to replicate the spirited and spontaneous conversation that we will one day be able to enjoy again.

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Tickets to this event are $10/household for Zoom access to the authors discussion and an additional $25/takeout meal prepared by The Wayside Inn. Register at

The Wayside Inn is a nonprofit charitable Massachusetts corporation created in 1944 to own, operate, and maintain the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a campus of 9 historic buildings on more than 100 acres. Its mission promotes early American humanities through hospitality, education, and programming, and continues an innkeeping tradition dating back to 1716. The site provides an opportunity for visitors from near and far to gather,
engage, and find meaning, relevance, and inspiration through a place-based exploration of history.

A Lifely Read is the project of writer, editor, and communications consultant Amy Wilson Sheldon. Her mission is to connect words and people via her blog and social media accounts devoted to books and reading culture, as well as live events.


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