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March 2018

KELLY BARNHILL, author of “Dreadful Young Ladies: And Other Stories” at the Boston Public Library

March 6, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author KELLY BARNHILL’s short fiction collection teems with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. The stories in Dreadful Young Ladies feature bold, reality-bending fantasy underscored by rich universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope. Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal for…

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PAUL-GORDON CHANDLER, Author of “In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran” at the Boston Public Library

March 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Search of a Prophet is a journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. PAUL-GORDON CHANDLER explores this beloved writer, poet-artist, mystic, and unparalleled guide in the midst of today’s global challenges. CHANDLER is an author, interfaith advocate, art curator, Episcopal priest, and social entrepreneur who has lived and worked in the Middle East and North Africa for many years. An authority on the Middle East and on Christian-Muslim relations, from 2003–2013…

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TED SCHEINMAN, Author of “Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan” at the Boston Public Library

March 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, TED SCHEINMAN spent his childhood summers eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother’s world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world…

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From Perpetual Indians to Perpetual Foreigners, a Discussion of Latina/o Migrant Identities at the Boston Public Library

March 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DAVID HERNANDEZ addresses the racial treatment of Latina/o immigrants and communities through the lens of immigration enforcement politics from 1790 to today. David Hernández is assistant professor of Latina/o studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular the US detention regime. He is completing a book on this institution entitled Alien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship for the University of California Press. He is also the coeditor of Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader, published…

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Author JOSEPH ROSENBLOOM, Author of Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours, at the Boston Public Library

March 27, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Redemption is an intimate look at the last fateful hours of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. It draws on dozens of the author’s interviews with people who were immersed in the Memphis events as well as on recently released documents from archives in Atlanta. The fresh material yields a wealth of illuminating detail, including a lapse, never before reported, by the Memphis Police Department to provide security for King. Redemption juxtaposes the narrative of King's last hours in Memphis with…

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April 2018

Actress/Director CHRISTINE LAHTI Shares From Her Book “True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness” at the Boston Public Library

April 10, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For decades, actress and director CHRISTINE LAHTIhas captivated the hearts and minds of her audience through iconic roles in Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping, Swing Shift, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, God of Carnage, and The Blacklist. Now, in her comical and boldly honest essay collection, Lahti focuses on three major periods of her life: her childhood, her early journey as an actress and activist, and the realities of her life as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood today.…

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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.