Upcoming Events

The Arlington Author Salon takes place quarterly the first week of July, October, January, and April, with some exceptions to circumvent holidays.

Next Salon: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

“Just kidding: A Humorous take on raising humans”

Where: Kickstand Café, 594 Mass Ave in Arlington Center, MA.
Just off the Minuteman bike path and steps from Spy Pond.
Accessible via the #77 bus. Some parking available in front of the café, and ample parking in the two town lots across the street.


Chris Monks has been the managing editor of the humor site McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2007. He’s also the author of the comic novel “The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life” and the editor of the humor anthologies “The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals” and “The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.” He lives in Arlington, Mass with his wife and two sons.


Back in 1998, the internet was young and wild and free. Along with listservs, pornography, and listservs dedicated to pornography, there was a website that ran all its articles in the same font and within abnormally narrow margins. This site was called McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many dozens of people read it. Now, fifteen years later, most of those readers have died, but the Tendency still exists, publishing, every day, quasi-humor writing in the same font within the same abnormally narrow margins. The site has no ads, and no revenue prospects, and thus, every year or so, we collect some of the site’s better material and attempt to trick readers into paying for a curated, glued-together version of what is available online for free. This collection is the best and most brazen of such attempts.


Jane Roper is the author of a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and a novel,Eden Lake. Her second novel is forthcoming. She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has appeared on Salon, Babble, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and has been included in the anthology Labor Day: True Birth Stories by today’s Best Women Writers. She is a freelance copywriter and brand strategist, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughters.

Becoming a mother is rarely what you expect.

Jane Roper never expected she’d have twins―or that they’d be such a spirited twosome. She didn’t expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didn’t expect she’d grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters’ toddler years. But she also didn’t anticipate just how much joy, laughter and self-discovery motherhood would bring.

Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression. It’s a memoir that will resonate countless women―especially those parenting in double time.


Amy Yelin’s essays and interviews have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, Brainchild Mag, Salon, and other publications, including two anthologies. She’s the recipient of a Pushcart nomination, a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays (2007), a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a scholarship from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony. Amy is currently assistant nonfiction editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices and is at work on a memoir.



Books will be available for sale at the event via The Book Rack.

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