For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012
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BPL Communications Office
The Boston Public Library will host authors and speakers throughout March at the Central Library and in branches across the city.
Harvard University will send scholars to several branches to discuss everything from healthcare reform to family dinnertime conversations. Authors will speak about their works of fiction, and researchers will cover landmark Boston people, places, and things – including a Revolutionary War figure, the Old Corner Bookstore, and the Boston Tea Party.
Author appearances and lectures during March are as follows:
- Catherine Snow will speak on "The Value of Debate: Why We Should Be Talking about Politics and Religion at Dinner." Catherine Snow is the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m., at the Parker Hill Branch, 1497 Tremont Street, 617.427.3820.
- Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp will speak about their revised version of The Book Club Cookbook. Whether it's Roman punch for The Age of Innocence or sabzi challow with lamb for The Kite Runner, Swedish meatballs and glogg for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, nothing spices up a book club meeting like great eats. Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick Street, 617.524.2053; part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Abby Stokes, author of ”Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming has dedicated herself to demystifying computers and gadgets for more than seventeen years. Monday, March 5, 6 p. m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Essayist, critic, editor, and professor Sven Birkerts will read from his new book, The Other Walk. Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street, 617.523.8241.
- Brian Miller and Mike Lapham, authors of Self-Made Myth: the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed, will talk about the myth that business success is the result of heroic individual effort with little or no outside help. Some of the business leaders profiled in their book will also speak. Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square.
- Samuel Forman will provide an illustrated lecture on Revolutionary-era Bostonian Joseph Warren, the man who dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride, and the hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Forman’s book, Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty, shows that Dr. Warren was also a humanist, devoting his career to improving health care for all, while making real the concepts of liberty and representative government. Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
- James M. McPherson is the author of fifteen books and editor of another ten, focusing primarily on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His books have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era and two Lincoln Prizes for For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Lowell Lecture Series.
- John McDonough will provide a presentation titled "The Future of National Health Reform." McDonough is the Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health. Monday, March 12, 6 p.m., East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian Street, 617.569.0217.
- Author Treasa O’Driscoll will read from, sing from, and discuss her book, Celtic Woman: A Memoir of Life's Poetic Journey. Her reading will include the recital of poetry and songs in Irish. She will visit two BPL locations. Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Adams Street Branch, 690 Adams Street, Dorchester and Saturday, March 17, 1 p.m., at the South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway.
- Kathryn Harrison will discuss Enchantments, an exquisite, mesmerizing novel about the fall of Russia’s Romanov Empire as seen through the eyes of Rasputin’s daughter. Written in Harrison’s signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart. Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Peter Cameron and Margot Livesey will discuss their latest novels, Coral Glynn and The Flight of Gemma Hardy, respectively. Monday, March 19, 6 p.m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
- Lawrence Lessig will provide a presentation titled “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress − and a Plan to Stop It.” Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Monday, March 19, 6 p.m., at the Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Avenue, 617.361.2524.
- In 1965, long-time activist and Connolly Branch children’s librarian Laura Foner spent a year working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Southeast Arkansas. An article by Laura Foner is included in the book, ARSNICK: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, which will be available for purchase. Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Connolly Branch, 433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, 617.522.1960.
- The Kirstein Business Library has planned Fiscal Fitness for 2012: Planning for the Cost of Education to provide advice on how one can save money to pay for higher education. Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m., Conference Room 06 at the Central Library in Copley Square. For more information, call the Kirstein Business Library at 617.859.2142.
- Marta Crilly, assistant archivist at the City of Boston Archives, will offer tips on using this resource to research family and local history. Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
- Vicki Jacobs will provide a presentation titled "Stages of Reading: How differences between Better and Poorer Readers Develop." Vicki Jacobs is the Associate Director of the Teacher Education Program and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m., Jamaica Plain Branch, 12 Sedgwick Street, 617.524.2053.
- Join Boston Lyric Opera’s music director, David Angus, for "Opera Night: Preparing for The Inspector." The talk will also include musical excerpts from this new work. Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library at Copley Square.
- Steven Pinker will provide a presentation titled "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined." Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and a Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Honan-Allston Branch, 300 North Harvard Street, Allston, 617.787.6313.
- Author Matthew Pearl will speak on "The Old Corner: How a Modest Bookstore Defined a Boston Literary Epoch. " Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m. Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. This program is presented as part of the festivities celebrating the March 29 opening of Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History, an exhibition running through July 30 at the Central Library in Copley Square.
- Harlow Giles Unger, a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, historian, and author of eighteen books including six biographies of America’s founding fathers, will speak on his latest book, American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution. Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
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