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August 2018

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

August 16, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Musician, journalist, and Boston native RYAN WALSH will read from and discuss his book ASTRAL WEEKS: A Secret History of 1968 (Penguin Press), a mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more. Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. Walsh unearths…

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September 2018

ANNE BOYD RIOUX: Author of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

September 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

On its 150th anniversary, discover the story of the beloved classic that has captured the imaginations of generations. Soon after publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women became an enormous bestseller and one of America’s favorite novels. Its popularity quickly spread throughout the world, and the book has become an international classic. When Anne Boyd Rioux read the novel in her twenties, she had a powerful reaction to the story. Through teaching the book, she has seen the same effect on many…

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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.