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September 2017

ROBERT MCKEE on “The Primacy of Story”

September 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States
Free

The Boston Public Library is pleased to welcome ROBERT MCKEE, a Fulbright Scholar, and the best-selling author of Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting and Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen. MCKEE's signature STORY Seminars have been held around the globe, with alumni including over 65 Academy Award winners, 250 Emmy Award winners, and 50 Directors Guild of America Award winners. McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and…

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Fashion Designer JOSEPH ABBOUD at the BPL

September 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States

The Boston Public Library is pleased to host fashion designer JOSEPH ABBOUD as part of the Druker Lecture series. ABBOUD will share from his memoir, Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion. Born in Boston, Joseph Abboud studied at the University of Massachusetts and the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1968, Abboud joined the prestigious retail store Louis Boston. Over the course of twelve years, he served as buyer, merchandiser, and coordinator of promotion and advertising. Launching…

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December 2017

BRIAN CLEMENTS, ALEXANDRA TEAGUE, and DEAN RADER, editors of Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

December 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Focused on the crisis of gun violence in America, Bullets into Bells brings together poems by dozens of the country’s best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Martín Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ocean Vuong, and Juan Felipe Herrera. Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, including Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Senator Chris Murphy, and Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, or from gun violence survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emanuel…

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February 2018

Writing Romance Today: A panel with authors KRISTAN HIGGINS and SARAH MACLEAN at the Boston Public Library

February 3, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Leading romance authors KRISTAN HIGGINS and SARAH MACLEAN explore how they write happily-ever-afters when the world can seem a dangerous and scary place. HIGGINS, author of Now That You Mention It, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the New York Journal of Books, and Library Journal. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. MACLEAN, author of The Day of the Duchess, is the bestselling writer of…

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Activist/Authors FRANCIS MOORE LAPPE and ADAM EICHEN on Anti-Democracy Crisis at the Boston Public Library

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

FRANCIS MOORE LAPPE, legendary activist and author of Diet for a Small Planet, and organizer-scholar ADAM EICHEN team up to examine the roots of our current anti-democracy crisis, the events that drove us to this moment, and how Americans are uniting in response. They explore how people from all backgrounds, committed to an array of social-justice causes, are creating what they call the “Democracy Movement”―a hopeful push for historic change. Lappé, author of the multimillion-selling Diet for a Small Planet…

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ANDREW MORTON, Author of “Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy” at the Boston Public Library

February 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Though Wallis Simpson―the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright―has been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. In his new book Wallis in Love, historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she climbed the social ladder. He reveals a complex, domineering woman who strove to…

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March 2018

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
Free

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
Free

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
Free

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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June 2018

Queer Coming of Age Stories: Pride Month at the Boston Public Library

June 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

ANDREA LAWLOR, MACKENZI LEE, and CHARLES-RICE GONZALEZ, join moderator CAROLINE LINDEN for a Pride Month Author Panel at the main branch of the Boston Public Library. ANDREA LAWLOR teaches writing, edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Their writing has appeared in various literary journals including Ploughshares, Mutha, the Millions, jubilat, the Brooklyn Rail, Faggot Dinosaur, and Encyclopedia, Vol. II. Their publications include a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016), and…

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Author RUPERT THOMSON at the Boston Public Library

June 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this pivotal time, marked by a proliferation of seemingly tipping-point phenomena, from the hundreds of thousands of women who banded together in protest for an historic Women’s March in cities around the world last January, to the staggering avalanche of voices spurring on the #MeToo & #TimesUp movements, it is now more evident than ever, the critical role women play, and have always played, in leading the resistance against oppressive forces. This June, timed with Gay Pride Month, Other…

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Evolution of Human Nature Panel at the Boston Public Library

June 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The Boston Public Library is proud to host a panel on the evolution of human nature. The panelists include: Lisa Feldman Barret, Ph.D. University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University Author of, "How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain." Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, John Jay College, the City University of New York Author of, "Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes." Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D. Professor of Biology,…

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Greater Boston Writers Resist/Greater Boston Writers Persist

June 23, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Writers in greater Boston have long addressed political and politicized issues in their work, including racism, police brutality, immigration, environmental activism, LGBTQ discrimination, US involvement in foreign wars, domestic terror, domestic violence, and mass incarceration. Readings will be interspersed with discussion of how these authors have used writing as a method of resistance, and how their work serves as an example of persistent activism. Presented by Aforementioned Productions. Co-sponsors include PEN America, The Boston Cultural Council, Brookline Booksmith, AGNI, Arrowsmith…

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July 2018

Remain Free: An Author Talk with GAUTAM NARULA

July 7, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

In 2011, Troy Anthony Davis, a black man convicted of murdering white police officer Mark MacPhail in cold blood, was the world's most famous death row inmate. In the twenty-two years since the murder, Davis had faced four execution dates. The day after one of those execution dates, a fifteen-year-old named Gautam Narula wrote Davis a letter. In his award-winning memoir Remain Free, Gautam Narula details his unlikely friendship with Troy Davis, a man wrongfully accused of killing a police…

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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

APARNA JAIN in Conversation with VIDYA SRI

September 8, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Meet APARNA JAIN, the author of 'Like A Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids' for a discussion about women and #LikeAGirl. A Leadership coach and D&I advocate, APARNA wanted to bring to the forefront stories of Indian women she saw as heroes for the current generation of children. The book features 51 stories of incredible Indian women - achievers & doers who changed and are changing the face of India. Some stories are simple, fun and easy. Some are tough…

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ERICK KLINENBERG on How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

September 17, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together; to find common purpose. But exactly how can this be done? In Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He…

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Suffolk’s ELIF ARMBRUSTER on Jo March: A “Little Woman” turns “Nasty Woman”

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

While much has been written about the domestic and subtly conformist ideals that infuse Little Women (1868), the fact remains that by deciding to get married at the end of the novel and keep her writing career, Jo March provides a timely—and timeless—model for girls and women everywhere. In her talk, Armbruster revisits Little Women from the perspective of 2018 and contemplates seeing at least one of the book's heroines—Jo March—not as a "little woman," but as a "nasty" one.…

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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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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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Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China

October 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, ShenZhen and GuangZhou. Together, they visit their family's ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather's Chinese…

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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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BEN BRADLEE JR. on “The Forgotten”

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

THE FORGOTTEN is a close look at Luzerne, a county in northeast Pennsylvania that had not voted for a Republican president since 1988. In 2008, President Obama won Luzerne County by eight percentage points; in 2012, he claimed victory by five points. In 2016, Donald Trump routed Hillary Clinton in the county by 26,237 votes—nearly twenty percentage points, and nearly 60 percent of the margin of votes that would ultimately win Trump the state. It was these citizens, Bradlee argues,…

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November 2018

Cancelled: SAACC Series: West Wingers

November 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Unfortunately, due to unforeseeable circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

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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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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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SAACC Series: West Wingers

December 8, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The South Asian Arts and Culture Council Series in partnership with the Boston Public Library presents: West Wingers. Editor Gautam Raghavan will appear together with contributors, Rumana Ahmed and Aneesh Raman. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, West Wingers tells the story of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support his vision for America. More than just a history, it is an inspiring call to…

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Letters to Doris: Author Talk

December 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join the Letters Foundation staff, board, and creative team for a conversation about their upcoming book release, Letters to Doris. The book features 24 past recipients of Doris Buffett's unique individual grantmaking, and serves to tell their stories from their perspectives. The event is free and open to the public, but please register on Eventbrite if you plan to attend.

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January 2019

Buy Me, Boston

January 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

“Buy Me, Boston” book talk and multimedia presentation with author Brian Coleman and special guests Prince Charles Alexander and David Bieber This will be a multimedia event, with a slideshow of vintage Boston advertisements, selected video clips, and a panel discussion about Boston in the late 20th century, featuring: Revere-based author Brian Coleman (also known for his Check the Technique hip-hop oral history series) And very special guests: Prince Charles Alexander, Boston-born Grammy-winning engineer, Berklee College of Music Professor and 70s-80s R & B musician; and renowned…

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Mark Lamster in conversation with William Rawn at the BPL

January 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

In conversation with William Rawn, award-winning critic Mark Lamster will lift the veil on Phillip Johnson’s contradictions to tell the story of this charming yet deeply flawed man. Johnson, a man of deep paradoxes: a Nazi sympathizer who built synagogues and supported Israel, a genius without originality, an opportunist and a romantic, a populist and a snob.  When Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was still one of the most recognizable—and influential—figures on the American cultural landscape. Johnson was…

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February 2019

Reading with Chloe Benjamin at the BPL

February 7, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with…

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Reading with Andrew Aydin at the BPL

February 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

ANDREW AYDIN is creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award. An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis. In 2008, Congressman Lewis mentioned to Andrew the 1957 comic…

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March 2019

Reading with Michael Longley at the BPL

March 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Michael Longley was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1939. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and studied Classics at Trinity College. Strongly influenced by the classics, he has alluded to his love of Homer in many of his poems. Early in his career, Longley worked as a schoolteacher in Dublin, London, and Belfast. He founded the literary program in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and in 1970 he became the assistant director of that organization. Holding…

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April 2019

Reading with Michael Dobbs at the BPL

April 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The powerfully told story of a group of German Jews desperately seeking American visas to escape Nazi Germany, and an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930's and 40's. This book complements the exhibition The Americans and the Holocaust that is now on view at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC In October 1940 the Gestapo expelled 6,504 Jews from southwest Germany, creating the first official "Jewish free zone" in the Third Reich. Interned…

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Richard Blanco in conversation with WGBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan at the BPL

April 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, Richard Blanco followed in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay person to serve in the role, he read his inaugural poem, "One Today," on January 21, 2013. Blanco and his family arrived in Miami as exiles from Cuba through Madrid, where he was born. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his…

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May 2019

Reading with John Urschel and Louisa Thomas at the BPL

May 14, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

For John Urschel, what began as an insatiable appetite for puzzles as a child quickly evolved into mastery of the elegant systems and rules of mathematics. By the time he was thirteen, Urschel was auditing college-level calculus courses. But when he joined his high school football team, a new interest began to eclipse the thrill he once felt in the classroom. Football challenged Urschel in an entirely different way, and he became addicted to the physical contact of the sport.…

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Mitchell Zuckoff presents FALL AND RISE

May 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join author Mitchell Zuckoff in conversation with NPR/WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson, co-host of “Here and Now,” to discuss Zuckoff’s new book, “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11.” As a reporter for The Boston Globe, Zuckoff wrote the lead news story on 9/11 and led a team of reporters investigating the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Now he’s written the first comprehensive, character-driven nonfiction narrative about 9/11. Already under contract to Lionsgate/3Arts for a major television event, “Fall and Rise” covers…

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Author Talk with Mitchell Zuckoff

May 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join author Mitchell Zuckoff in conversation with NPR/WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson, co-host of “Here and Now,” to discuss Zuckoff’s new book, “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11.” As a reporter for The Boston Globe, Zuckoff wrote the lead news story on 9/11 and led a team of reporters investigating the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Now he’s written the first comprehensive, character-driven nonfiction narrative about 9/11. Already under contract to Lionsgate/3Arts for a major television event, “Fall and Rise”…

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October 2019

Author Talk Series: Alexandra Horowitz in conversation with Harriet Ritvo and Craig LeMoult at Boston Public Library

October 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves, Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing. As Horowitz considers the current culture of dogdom, she reveals the odd,…

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November 2019

Zeruya Shalev in conversation with Lauren Groff at Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library

November 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Ten years after Iris was almost killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, the pain of her injuries return. She’s shocked when her doctor turns out to be the love of her teenage years, Eitan, whose rejection she’s never gotten over or forgiven. Caught in her past, and trapped in her unfulfilling life, they start a secret affair. For the first time in decades, and despite the guilt, Iris is alight with passion and love. However, her world gets more…

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André Aciman: Find Me at Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall

November 10, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever. Elio soon moves to…

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Porsha Olayiwola & guests present I SHIMMER SOMETIMES, TOO at Boston Public Library

November 18, 2019 | 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Porsha Olayiwola & Guests SHIMMER: A Boston book-release and reading City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola announces the release of "i shimmer sometimes, too", her first collection of poems, out on November 19 through Button Poetry. Porsha and guests will read from their work at the event. Readers will include: Crystal Valentine, Golden, Ashley Rose, Andrine Pierresaint, Princess Moon, Jha D, Claudia Wilson. + DJ Whysham Copies of "i shimmer sometimes, too" will be available for sale at this…

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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.