The Back to the Basics panel discussion at BEA explored “the world of self-sufficient living from small or large-scale gardening, food preservation to crafts and knitting.”

The inspiring authors and librarians on the panel transported this GalleyCat editor far beyond the┬ácarpeted glass and steel confines of the conference center. Below, we’ve collected three free ways you can escape to this crafty side of the literary world.

Start or join craft groups at your local library. New York Public Library librarian Jessica Pigza shared some of her crafternoon events, ranging from zine making to paper doll making to vintage-inspired Valentines.

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