The Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
6:00 PM–7:00 PM, followed by book signing
$19.50 includes guaranteed seat signed paperback book ($18, retail)
$12.50 general admission
Boston native George Howe Colt, the author of The Big House, comes to town with the just-released paperback edition The Game, the story of our country, our college city, and several young men in the turbulent sixties, a transformative time in American culture. Amidst the sweeping currents of a prevalent anti-war sentiment, racial tensions between white and black Americans, and a growing class divide, a Harvard-Yale football game of 1968 became one of the most legendary events in sports history. Colt’s story is told the perspective of several players: one had recently returned from eight months under fire in Vietnam; two were members of the radical antiwar group SDS; a third was an all-American football hero whose nickname was “God”. There was a guard named Tommy Lee Jones, and a fullback who dated a young Meryl Streep. They came from every class and background, but played side by side and together forged a moment of startling grace in the midst of the storm.
George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide and Brothers: What the van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs–& Colts–Tell Us About How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.
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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.