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December 2017

JESSICA KEENER, author of Strangers in Budapest, in conversation with RISA MILLER

December 7, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States

In JESSICA KEENER’s atmospheric and intricately woven novel, a young American couple and their infant son move to the mysterious city of Budapest. Eight months into their stay, they receive a secretive request from friends in the United States to check in on a Jewish American World War II veteran JESSICA KEENER is the author of the national bestselling novel Night Swim and a collection of award-winning short stories, Women in Bed. Her work has appeared in O, Redbook, and…

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BRIAN CLEMENTS, ALEXANDRA TEAGUE, and DEAN RADER, editors of Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

December 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Focused on the crisis of gun violence in America, Bullets into Bells brings together poems by dozens of the country’s best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Martín Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ocean Vuong, and Juan Felipe Herrera. Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, including Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Senator Chris Murphy, and Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, or from gun violence survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emanuel…

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