WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 keri Claiborne Boyle of Wellesley pub- lished her first picture book, Teddy the Dog, this past May. It is the first of a three-book series from esteemed children's book pub- lisher, HarperCollins. While many writers dream of being a children's book author from a young age, Keri took a bit of an unconventional path. But she was always an avid reader. "Beverly Cleary was hands-down my favorite as a kid," she said. "Ramona was a character I could really relate to—both her spiritedness and her temper—she was defi- nitely not boring. I also loved Madeleine L'Engle and Jonathan Bellairs." Born in California, Keri, 43, moved rough - ly every two years with her family due to her father's career in major league baseball. "I probably attended seven different schools before reaching high school, and sometimes we'd have to pack up and move within weeks," she said. But as a result, Keri became an expert at adapting to change and reinventing herself. While she and her family were able to stay put through her high school years at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Massachusetts, she then jumped around again for several years—first to college at the University of Rochester in New York, and then off to the Midwest for a master's degree in communications at Northwestern University. Between college and grad school, Keri worked for several advertising agencies where she wrote ad copy. "I've always been drawn to humor—the ads most people remember are usually the ones that make them laugh. I loved coming up with one-liners and Keri Claiborne Boyle K A T N E W L A N D library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors Wellesley Writer Gives a Dog a Tone PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer books

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