An overflow audience of more than 70 aficionados South End history tried to find seating or standing room in the branch library’s upstairs community space on October 8 for Alison Barnet’s talk about her latest book, Once Upon a Neighborhood: A Timeline and Anecdotal History of the South End of Boston. Some could not even make it out of the stairwell leading to the community room. This was despite the night’s event being the holiday of Yom Kippur, which had limited attendance to some extent. But a repeat event has been scheduled.
As luck would have it, a cancellation by a local organization for the upstairs room came in, making it possible for Barnet to return for an encore on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 PM. She hopes additional copies of the book, very hot off the presses, will be available. Those she brought on October 8 were all sold.
Longtime South End resident Ann Hershfang, founder and board member of WalkBoston and a member of the South End History Collective, will introduce the speaker. Urban historian Russ Lopez, also part of the Collective, had done the honors for Barnet’s talk on October 8.
Seating is limited.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.