2018 Scribbles to Novels – Boston

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May 9, 2018|6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Royal Sonesta Boston

40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

Join Jumpstart on Wednesday, May 9th, at our Scribbles to Novels gala, which will once again be held at the Royal Sonesta. This unique, literature-focused event unites prominent authors, civic and corporate leaders, and Jumpstart supporters to underscore the importance of literature in young children’s lives and reinforce Jumpstart’s vision — to ensure every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to hear inspiring, impactful stories from Jumpstart volunteers and leaders.

Please contact Nick Culik regarding sponsorships or questions at nick.culik@jstart.org.

I cannot attend, but would like to support Jumpstart’s programs.

Author Panel

Ace Atkins is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Quinn Colson novels, two of which were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In addition, he is the author of seven New York Times bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi. Visit his website here.

Major Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company and Hoops, both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and Leaving Saturn, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Visit his website here.

Karen McManus is the author of New York Times bestseller One of Us is Lying, her debut novel. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. Visit her website here and follower @writerkmc.

Jane O’Connor is the author of New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, which is comprised of over 70 titles. O’Connor is the editor at a major publishing house and has written more than seventy books for children. This summer, Disney Jr. will be airing a half-hour animated TV series on Fancy Nancy. She resides in Manhattan with her husband, Jim. Her two grown sons have fled New York, however, and are both living in Los Angeles. Visit her website here.

Sandra Lim is the author of two poetry collections: The Wilderness, selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Loveliest Grotesque. Lim earned her BA in English at Stanford University, her PhD in English at UC Berkeley, and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and lives in Cambridge, MA.

Panel Moderator

Pam Y. Eddinger, PhD, is president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), the largest of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. Dr. Eddinger began her tenure at BHCC in 2013, and has served community colleges for almost 25 years in Massachusetts and California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College in New York City and her master’s and doctorate in Japanese Literature from Columbia University.

Dr. Eddinger serves on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She also serves BHCC and the community college movement by engaging in leadership work at the national level.  She is a Board Member of the following:  Achieving the Dream (ATD); WGBH Boston; the Special Commission on Leadership of American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); the National Asian and Pacific Islander Council (NAPIC); the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE); and the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA).

Dr. Eddinger resides in Chestnut Hill, MA with her son Nicholas.

Event Benefit Auctioneer

CHAD CARVEY, “The Principal Auctioneer,” will be the evening’s auctioneer! Chad served as a school principal for 29 years, and has been a professional auctioneer for nearly two decades. Chad has been the benefit auctioneer specialist for The San Francisco 49ers, The US Olympics, Richard Branson and Jackson Browne’s OceanElders, Twitter, Pixar, Sharon Stone, YMCA, Marin Humane Society, Latino Community Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma, and many schools, hospitals, symphonies, and other great causes. As one of only 20 auctioneers in the State of California (and only 120 in the USA) who currently holds the designation of “Benefit Auctioneer Specialist” from the National Auctioneers Association, Chad has the most up-to-date knowledge and experience that’s specific to the unique challenges of gala fundraisers. Chad’s very specialized training, in combination with his relentless passion to assist vital causes, such as ours, is evident in all he does! For more information please visit: www.principalauctioneer.com.

Host Committee

Ian & Caitlin Blasco
David Humphrey & Markella Zanni
Hiren Mankodi & Devika Kapoor
Lisa Miao & Richard Carona
Mark Polebaum & Diane Buhl
Joseph & Deborah Robbins



May 9, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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