MetroWest Readers Fest Announces Community-Wide Read and Kick-Off Event with Wayside Inn Foundation & Hygge House Books

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SUDBURY – MetroWest Readers Fest announces a regional community-wide read called ONE.

The signature title for this initiative is White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing by Jennifer De Leon.

Published in March 2021 and the recipient of the Juniper Prize for Creative Nonfiction, White Space takes readers from Guatemala, to Connecticut College, to the Bay Area, to MetroWest: Framingham, where De Leon was raised and now teaches at Framingham State University.

De Leon is also the author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, which Celeste Ng calls “A funny, perceptive, and much-needed book telling a much-needed story.”

Events with De Leon are planned for September 28 in Ashland and September 30 at Goodnow Library in Sudbury.

Resources including discussion questions, articles, and activities as well as information about a book giveaway and how to acquire De Leon’s books, will soon be available at

To kick off ONE, MetroWest Readers Fest — in collaboration with The Wayside Inn Foundation — is planning a pop-up bookshop at The Wayside Inn on Tuesday, July 13 from 7 to 9 pm.

People are invited to come and meet up with friends, order a beverage at The Inn’s Old Bar, and browse a curated selection of bestsellers, current releases, and book-club-perfect titles with Hygge House Books, a pop-up book shop. Hygge House Books, a traveling pop-up book
store operated by middle school ELA teacher Beth Orsini, uses all net profits to donate books to children in need. Both White Space and Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From will be available.


MetroWest Readers Fest was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2020. Its mission is to celebrate the joy of reading, to inspire lovers of literature, and to build community by connecting authors with the people who purchase, share, and engage with their work: Readers.


email: call or text at 508-315-7176

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