Next Salon: Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kickstand Café

The Arlington Author Salon is a free reading series with a twist: each author’s presentation includes something special to tickle the senses. Music, paintings, photographs, tasty treats, fabrics, even smells! Let yourself be transported with an immersive, literary experience.

For those of you on Facebook, you can join the event (and invite others) here. Anyone else, just come on over on October 1!

October's theme: "Writing Science: From Real Skeletons to Theoretical Strings" with local authors Deborah HalberCB Anderson and Robin Shoenthaler.

Deborah Halber started out as a daily newspaper reporter, then turned to the dark side to do public relations. She worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and as a science writer for MIT, where she chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that's the technical term) to snail slime. A freelance journalist since 2004, her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Technology Review, Symbolia, Inked magazine, and many university publications. Her narrative nonfiction book, THE SKELETON CREW: HOW AMATEUR SLEUTHS ARE SOLVING AMERICA'S COLDEST CASES, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014 and released in paperback in July 2015. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the National Association of Science Writers, and PEN America, she lives in Lexington with a lot of former pets buried out back.
CB Anderson is a cross-genre writer whose work has appeared in Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), The Christian Science Monitor,, Redbook, Boston Magazine, Down East, The Iowa ReviewNorth American Review and elsewhere. Her collection of stories, River Talk, issued by C&R Press, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and received the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Short Stories. She lives with her family in Maine and Massachusetts and teaches writing at Boston University.



Arlington resident, doctor and writer Robin Shoenthaler will be replacing Tasneem Zehra Husain who had an unexpected need to travel out of the country.

We are excited to host Robin, an active community member in Arlington whose writing often draws from her work in the medical field.Robin Schoenthaler is a radiation oncologist at the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. She has spent most of her career working with women with breast cancer. She received her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine and did her residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of California at San Francisco and a fellowship in Charged Particles at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, CA.  

She has been working at MGH since 1992 and living in Arlington since 1995 where she has been active in Town Meeting, cancer support organizations, school politics, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist church.  

She is also a writer.  She has published numerous essays on medicine in the Boston Globe, Readers Digest, the New England Journal of Medicine, and others.  She has also written about parenting and the general craziness of life for the Globe, Brain, Child, Full Grown People, etc.  She has a website at

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This announcement was published Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, and updated Sept. 30.