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November 14, 2013

The Lookout: ‘The Mother Load’ comes to Jabberwocky

Former Daily News columnist Nancy Crochiere will debut her new book, “The Mother Load,” at Jabberwocky Bookshop on Saturday night.

In her collection of the most popular columns that ran over a 15-year period, Crochiere takes a humorous look at family life in the 21st century.

Running from 1997 to 2011, “The Mother Load” explored such topics as spousal temperature battles, GPS woes, Thanksgiving turkey troubles and trying to keep up in Zumba class.

Crochiere is an editor and writer who has published everything from magazine and newspaper articles to children’s detective stories. She lives in Amesbury.

The book launch and signing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Explore manga with Tannery Series

The Tannery Series returns to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem next Thursday with a program on Japanese graphic novels.

“Manga Nation: Japanese Design and American Pop Culture” will feature writers Roland Kelt and Robin Brenner, who will discuss what the popularity of manga and anime reveals about the changes in American identity. Brenner is the teen librarian at the Brookline Public Library and author of “Understanding Manga and Anime,” which was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award. Kelt is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and co-editor of the New York literary journal “A Public Space.”

The evening will also include musician VJ Beyonder Domela, hands-on instruction in drawing manga and the opportunity to visit the new exhibit “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion.” Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters. Food and drinks will be available.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the museum, located in East India Square on Essex Street. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students.

For more information about The Tannery Series, visit www.tanneryseries.com or call 617-794-0995.

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