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Boston, MA 02116 United States
617-536-5400 http://www.bpl.org/

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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

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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October 2018

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

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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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

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