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September 2017

LENORA CHU, author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

September 23, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Boston Public Library is pleased to host journalist LENORA CHU for a rare glimpse inside China’s insular education system. In her book, Little Soldiers, she uses her parenting journey to launch a wider investigation into whether China’s educational methods are something to which the West should aspire. Chu is an award-winning journalist and a contributing writer with CNNMoney.com. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and PRI’s The World. Chu holds degrees from Stanford…

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Dr. ANDREW BUDSON, co-author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It

September 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Boston Public Library hosts Dr. ANDREW BUDSON author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory. In this book, coauthored by MAUREEN K. O'CONNOR Psy.D, Dr. BUDSON distinguishes between normal and abnormal memory failure, how to get your memory evaluated and how treating and strengthening your memory can help you plan for your future. Educated at Haverford College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Budson is professor of neurology at Boston University, lecturer in neurology at Harvard Medical School, and chief of…

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October 2017

The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity

October 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Immigration and health care are hotly debated issues. Policies that relate to both issues—to the health of newcomers—often reflect misimpressions about immigrants and their impact on health care systems. The Boston Public Library is pleased to welcome WENDY E. PARMET and PATRICIA ILLINGWORTH, authors of The Health of Newcomers, which draws on rigorous legal and ethical arguments as well as personal stories to make the compelling case that global phenomena such as poverty, the medical brain drain, organ tourism, and climate change ought…

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Authors CLAIRE MCMILLAN (The Necklace) and DENISE KIERNAN (The Last Castle) at the Boston Public Library

October 14, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A stunning inheritance stirs up old jealousies in CLAIRE MCMILLAN’s The Necklace, which alternates between past and present to link two women—a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer— to a spectacular Indian necklace and an even more valuable secret. DENISE KIERNAN’s The Last Castle explores the true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. McMillan is the author of Gilded Age, inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.…

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Make Way for Ducklings Sculptor NANCY SCHON in conversation with ANITA DIAMANT

October 19, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

NANCY SCHON is best-known for her iconic Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in Boston’s Public Gar­den. Based on Robert McCloskey’s book and visited by thousands of children and adults every year, it has become a beloved Boston landmark. In Make Way for Nancy, Schön explores her major public projects and com­missions, what inspired them, and what goes into making a beautiful and tactile work of public art. Schön will be interviewed by ANITA DIAMANT, author of The Red Tent and…

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Dr. FREDERICK DOUGLASS OPIE, author of Southern Food and Civil Rights

October 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

From home cooks and professional chefs to local eateries and bakeries, food has helped activists continue marching for change for generations. Paschal’s Restaurant in Atlanta provided safety and comfort food for civil rights leaders; Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam operated their own farms, dairies, and bakeries in the 1960s; “The Sandwich Brigade” organized efforts to feed the thousands at the March on Washington. Dr. FREDERICK DOUGLASS OPIE details the ways southern food nourished the fight for freedom along with…

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ERICA FERENCIK, author The River at Night

October 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Boston Public Library is pleased to host ERICA FERENCIK, author of The River at Night. The River at Night is set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charts the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident. With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, ERICA FERENCIK explores creatures both friend and foe. ERICA FERENCIK has an MFA in creative writing from Boston University. Her…

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November 2017

Journalist/Author MAUREEN BOYLE on the “New Bedford Highway Serial Killer”

November 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin dealing are just a few of the many threads in the community’s diverse fabric. In Shallow Graves, investigative reporter MAUREEN BOYLE tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for forty years. Boyle, an award-winning journalist, has been a crime reporter in New England for…

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PAUL LEWIS: A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse

November 4, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Boston Public Library is pleased to host local author/Boston historian PAUL LEWIS. Paul Lewis’s fascination with gothic fiction and horror films prepared him to publish “The Funeral Game” in Crazy Magazine while he was in graduate school, coin the word “Frankenfood” at the dawn of the GMO era, and write A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies as gallows humor for a time of global threats. In the spirit of taking these threats seriously while also finding relief…

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LAURA YOUNG, author of “Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era”

November 16, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Boston Ballerina is both a memoir of LAURA YOUNG’s personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today. It is interspersed with ruminations on the history of ballet, stories from the company’s Balanchine-influenced early years under founder E. Virginia Williams, and recollections from noteworthy tours, including those featuring the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, with whom Young was frequently paired. Young was a company dancer in the Boston…

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You’re in the Wrong Bathroom! A Discussion of the Myths and Misconceptions about Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People

November 18, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Between 2010 and 2016, at least 111 transgender and gender-nonconforming Americans were murdered according to a study by Mic, especially transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color; meanwhile, TGNC youth face bullying from families, peers, and outsiders. Though there has been prolific media coverage of the lives of Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Caitlyn Jenner, harmful and inaccurate beliefs about the transgender community still permeate society. LAURA ERICKSON-SCHROTH and LAURA JACOBS bring together the medical, social, psychological, and political aspects of being transgender today and…

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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

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