Maureen Callahan Smith

Upcoming Events


On March 6th I’ll be participating in “How to Have Supportive Conversations with Older Adults,” a panel hosted by the Department of Mental Health Western Mass Division and the Pioneer Valley Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

This Community Conversation is an in-person event at the Senior Center in Hadley, MA. 

 And on Saturday, March 16, at 1 pm, I’ll be doing a reading with Dr. Sarah Epstein, poet and author of Bar of Rest,  at the oldest independent bookstore in the US — the Andover Bookstore, located at 74 Main St., Andover, MA.  Hope you can join us for a conversation about our shared themes of love and loss, hope and community. 

For more info, go to the bookstore’s website here




Our next Grace Street Event is coming up on 11/30 from 6–7:45, at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA. The reading will be cosponsored with the Cancer Connection, with some of the proceeds going to support their work. Books are available at Broadside Books in Northampton, or by ordering through Andover Bookstore, Belmont Books, or through our website.

I hope to see some of you there! More info can be found here.

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On November 10, 2023, I’ll be presenting a talk at my professional organization, the Private Practice Colloquium, called “The Therapist as Mourner.”  I’ll talk about the myriad and deeply individual ways we find, each in our particular human body, to downshift or to uplift.


On Thursday, October 20th, I’ll be at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA (79 Leonard St.) from 7-8 pm. for a conversation with Maryanne O’Hara, author of Little Matches: A Memoir of Finding Light in the Dark

Her memoir celebrates the short life of her daughter Caitlyn, who had cystic fibrosis. I’m looking forward to having a wonderful conversation with her and with attendees about how we can indeed find light in dark times.

I hope some of you can join us!

  On Thursday, June 16th, I’ll be reading an excerpt of the book at the Roasted Granola Cafe from 7-9 pm.  (1346 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA).

And on Wednesday, June 29th, I’ll be reading at the North Adams Public Library, from 6:00-7:30 pm. I am so very excited about the opportunity to celebrate Grace Street with old and new friends and family in a place I cherish.

I hope to see some of you there!


Turtle Studios Writers Night, Saturday May 21, from 5-7 pm

I will be reading an excerpt from Grace Street, joining other TS writers for a writer’s night event as part of their Open Studios, held May 21 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Come for the afternoon to enjoy the work of the visual artists and stay for the readings! (Due to rising covid numbers, masks are warmly encouraged.)

The Velvet Goose in Gardner, Mass., will be hosting my next Book launch event!

Please join us for a reading and book signing event on Wednesday, January 26 at 4 pm at

The Velvet Goose, 24 Main Street, Gardner, MA

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Cancer Support Fund of Central Mass.

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 8th Annual Straw Dog Writers Author Showcase!

Online event:  January 19, 2022, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

To register, go to

This reading benefits Pop Cares, a Northern Berkshires based group “providing acts of kindness to cancer patients and their families.”

Book Launch Event Wednesday, January 26 @ 4 pm!

Please join us for a book launch celebration at Turtle Studios, 213 California Street., Newton MA on Saturday December 4th, 2021, from 4-5 pm! 

Maureen Callahan Smith will be reading excerpts from her new book Grace Street: A Sister’s Memoir of Grief and Gratitude, published by Gray Dove Press, as part of the Turtle Studios Holiday Show and Winter Open Studios weekend, December 4th and 5th, 2021, from 11 am — 5 pm.

All are welcome!