This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.
Danvers: The New England Authors Expo Holiday Book Sale will consist of numerous New England authors, illustrators, publishers, associated businesses, and sponsors. The Expo is an excellent place to buy books and gifts, meet many authors and artists, and discuss book writing, illustrating, and printing with dozens of publishing professionals. Sunday, 1-7 p.m. Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St. Free admission. 978-774-8622, http://peartreepublishing.net
Gloucester: “Let Nothing Slip By: An evening of poetry, reflection and dialogue” addresses the questions: What has it meant to grow up white in American society? What does it still mean to be a person of color in America in particular times and places? The Gloucester Writers Center presents three celebrated poets, Martha Collins, Afaa M. Weaver, and Sam Cornish, recognized in Greater Boston and nationally for their engagement with communities and history and the connections they have made between poetry and the civic record. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Suggested donation $10. http://gloucesterwriters.org/
Haverhill: Les Sampou can’t be categorized. Rock, blues, country, folk; her music is a sum of them all and a genre all her own. But her themes are universal; love, heartbreak, hellos and goodbyes. And her vocal work adds emotional depth and layers of understanding to her songs. Saturday, 8 p.m. New Moon Coffeehouse, 16 Ashland St. $20.
Rockport: A few years ago, Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault sat down to record a collection of murder ballads. The result — two nights, two chairs, a dozen stories, and a handful of old guitars — matched an elemental approach to the elemental subjects, love and death. They perform on Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church. $14, $12 in advance, age 65 or over: $9, under 18: $5, family: $28. 978-546-3551, http://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org