Boston Public Library to Host Authors in November and December
Writers visit library and share stories with readers
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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011
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BOSTON – October 17, 2011 – During November and December, authors will visit the Central Library in Copley Square and the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library in order to talk about their books. Subjects range from the Civil War to civilization and from George Washington to the Wizard of Oz. The complete schedule of upcoming author talks at the Boston Public Library is available on the library’s calendar and at www.bpl.org/authors. Author appearances during November and December are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 1, 6pm. Peter Bebergal, author of Too Much to Dream: a Psychedelic American Boyhood, relates the story of his drug addiction inside the larger history of psychedelics, spirituality, and popular culture. Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Thursday, November 3, 6pm. Award-winning author Ha Jin’s latest novel, Nanjing Requiem, unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century: the Rape of Nanjing.  Jin re-creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation. He will be interviewed by Jennifer Haigh, author of Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Saturday, November 5, 3pm. A talk by Tiger's Curse series author Colleen Houck. Mezzanine Conference Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 6pm. In Civilization: The West and the Rest, bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that while the Rest relied on ancient techniques to maintain their outwardly superior empires, the West developed six powerful new ideas that the others lacked: competition, science, democracy, consumerism, medicine, and work ethic. Boston Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Monday, November 14, 6pm. Caroline Preston and Marisa de los Santos will discuss their latest works. Preston’s The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is visually stunning, full-color novel told in the form of a scrapbook. Marisa de los Santos, the author of the popular fan and reading group favorite Love Walked In and Belong to Me, returns with Falling Together, an emotionally resonant novel about friendship, family, and love. Boston Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 6pm. The Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was a unit of Irish Bostonians who chose to bear arms for the Union. Christian G. Samito, who will speak on the "Fighting Ninth," wrote Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship During the Civil War Era. He teaches at Boston College and Boston University School of Law and practices law. Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Thursday, November 17, 6pm. In Charles Dickens: A Life, the tumultuous life of England’s greatest novelist is beautifully rendered by an unparalleled literary biographer, Claire Tomalin, the author of eight highly acclaimed biographies including Thomas Hardy and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self. Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2pm. Sonia Rowe shares her inspiring story in How God Delivered Me from What the Doctor Diagnosed as Depression. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 6pm. Gregory Maguire will talk about Out of Oz, the stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with Wicked. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Thursday, December 1, 6pm. Tony Horwitz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and worked as a staff writer for the New Yorker before becoming a full-time author. Four of his books have been national bestsellers. He will discuss his newest work, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 6pm. Barnet Schechter, an independent historian, has compiled George Washington’s America, a unique biography inspired by the maps Washington used throughout his life. Beautifully illustrated in color, the book allows readers to visualize history through Washington’s eyes. Abbey Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.
  • Thursday, December 15, 6pm. Nell Irvin Painter is the author of seven books and countless articles relating to the history of the American South. Her most recent book, The History of White People, guides readers through more than 2000 years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but the frequent praise of “whiteness.” Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.


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