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September 2018

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

September 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Boston Public Library and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (“DLDF”) are pleased to present “Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret” as a part of Banned Books Week (September 23-29th), the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Together is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Fun…

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October 2018

MARK WARREN and DAVID GOODMAN, editors of Lift Us Up, in conversation with contributors and community activists CARLOS OJOS and GLORYA WORNUM

October 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Illuminating the struggles and triumphs of the emerging educational justice movement, this anthology tells the stories of how black and brown parents, students, educators, and their allies are fighting back against systemic inequities and the mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. It offers a social justice alternative to the corporate reform movement that seeks to privatize public education through expanding charter schools and voucher programs. To address the systemic racism in our education system and in the broader…

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TIM MOHR, author of Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

October 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Renowned music journalist and award-winning German-language translator Tim Mohr tells the little-known story of a group of East German kids who rebelled and helped set the world on fire. Mohr takes readers on a fascinating trip through the 1980s, as these teens defy the dictatorship, rejecting the dismal, pre-ordained futures that the state tries to impose on them by embracing the aesthetic, music, and liberating feeling of collective anarchy of punk. Banding together, they faced down surveillance, repression, beatings, and…

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Readable Feast: The Making of a Cookbook

October 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 6, 2018

Newsfeed Cafe, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Free

The Readable Feast is partnering with the Boston Public Library for a series of culinary author talks at the Newsfeed Cafe! The first event will be a panel conversation on "The Making of a Cookbook: Assembling the Right Ingredients", with Leigh Belanger, author My Chalkboard Kitchen, and Todd Heberlein and Ryan Conroy, co-authors of The Volante Farm Cookbook and Nicole Vecchiotti, publisher of Union Park Press. Both books won top awards in the June, 2018 Readable Feast festival. Leigh Belanger…

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IMANI PERRY, author of Looking for Lorraine: the Radical and Radiant Life of Lorraine Hansberry, in conversation with Tracey Heather Strain, documentary filmmaker, “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” (PBS American Masters)

October 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Lorraine Hansberry, who died at age thirty-four, was best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, but her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements. Her unflinching commitment to social justice brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work—until now. Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of…

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COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER, author of The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents

October 18, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

This is a guide to the presidential powers and limits of the Constitution, for anyone voting—or running—for our highest office. Can the president launch a nuclear attack without congressional approval? Is it ever a crime to criticize the president? Can states legally resist a president's executive order? In today's fraught political climate, it often seems as if we must become constitutional law scholars in order to simply understand the news from Washington, let alone make a responsible decision at the…

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Dr. CRYSTAL FLEMING, author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race

October 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist CRYSTAL FLEMING provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race." Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance--and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change.…

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November 2018

Dr. Max Abrahms, author of Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Military History

November 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Ever wonder why militant groups behave as they do? For instance, why does Islamic State brag over social media about its gory attacks, while Hezbollah denies responsibility or even apologizes for its carnage? This book shows that militant group behavior depends on the strategic intelligence of the leaders. The author has extensively studied the political strategies of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original…

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Thrill Me, Chill Me: Mystery Writers Panel at the Boston Public Library

November 28, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join critically acclaimed authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Peter Swanson, Kellye Garrett, and Paula Munier in conversation about the enduring thrill and lure of mysteries, and what makes them so appealing on the page and on the screen. Hank Phillipi Ryan is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 34 Emmys and dozens of additional journalism honors. The nationally bestselling author of 10 mysteries, she is also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the…

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December 2018

Discussion of THE PATS: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots at Boston Public Library

December 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

THE PATS outlines the definitive, lively, and robust history of the New England Patriots, from Billy Sullivan to Bill Belichick and everything in between. The New England Patriots have become a dynasty, though it didn't begin that way. Love them or hate them, Pats have captured this country's attention like no other franchise. From two award-winning authors, this is the first complete story of a legendary team and its five championship trophies. In the tradition of their celebrated illustrated histories…

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Celebrated author ANN HOOD Shares Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Love, Life, and Food

December 13, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Newsfeed Cafe, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Free

In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, bestselling author ANN HOOD nourishes both our bodies and our souls. From her Italian-American childhood through raising and feeding a growing family and cooking with her new husband, food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother's tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother's special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood's own…

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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.