Lecturers, Authors, and Poets at Boston Public Library Locations in April
Topics will intrigue history buffs, poetry-lovers, sports fans, and more
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March 26, 2012
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Writers and lecturers will visit the Central Library in Copley Square and other neighborhood library locations in April in order to speak on a wide variety of topics. Several 100th anniversaries will be celebrated including Hyde Park’s annexation to Boston, the opening of Fenway Park, and the sinking of the Titanic. April is National Poetry Month and poets will read from their works in a poetry marathon at the Central Library as well as at readings scheduled at two library branches.

Author appearances, lectures, and poetry events during April are as follows:

  • Boston Globe staffers John Powers, Ron Driscoll, Janice Page, and Dan Shaughnessy will participate in a discussion with Bill Littlefield of WBUR's Only a Game about the book, Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America. Tuesday, April 3, 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series. The Central Library is located at 700 Boylston Street, 617.536.5400.
  • Maria Tatar offers a presentation titled "From the Hearth to Kindles and Nooks: Fairy Tales in an Age of Electronic Entertainments." She is the Department Chair of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617.442.6186. Part of the John Harvard Book Celebration.
  • Bob Field, the owner of the Jamaica Plain’s dodecagonal house, speaks on what he has learned about his 12-sided house with 6-sided rooms. Presented by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. at the Connolly Branch, 433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, 617.522.1960.
  • Richard Johnson wrote Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park to celebrate the legacies of those who have played and performed in the shadow of the Green Monster over the years, making Fenway what it is today. Monday, April 9, 6 p.m., at the South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway, 617.268.0180, as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
  • Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, looks at the impact of the Civil War’s enormous death toll on the lives of 19th-century Americans. Tuesday, April 10, 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Lowell Lecture Series and the John Harvard Book Celebration.
  • Glenn Stout speaks on his latest book, Fenway 1912: The Birth of Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, which tells the incredible stories of Fenway’s start. Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square; co-presented by the BPL’s Author Talk and the Local & Family History Lecture series.
  • Veronique-Anne Epiter reads from her new book of poetry, Moon Fever. Epiter is a singer, poet, and self-taught visual artist. Saturday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, 617.427.3337.
  • Anne Perry, author of the bestselling Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, speaks on the latest addition Dorchester Terrace. Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
  • David Lemon and the Adobe Type design team speak on “Changing Traditions: Adobe's Work to Preserve, Revive, and Enhance the Legacy of Type” at the 39th Annual Dwiggins Lecture, Wednesday, April 18, 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Hugh Brewster discusses his latest book, Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, the story of the Titanic as told through the lives of its most fascinating passengers. Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m., in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
  • Local historian Anthony Sammarco will speak on the history and development of Allston-Brighton. The evening will also include the announcement of the Bonifazio and Angela Cedrone Fund for the Brighton Branch. Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., Brighton Branch, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton Branch, 617.782.6032.
  • Linda Schlossberg speaks on "Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?" Linda Schlossberg is the Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University. Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., Charlestown Branch, 179 Main Street, 617.242.1248. Part of the John Harvard Book Celebration.
  • The BPL’s Kirstein Business Library has planned “Fiscal Fitness for 2012: Forging Your Financial Future” to cover some of the basic financial planning issues for individuals and families. Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Conference Room 06 at the Central Library in Copley Square.Sarah Boyer discusses her experience compiling oral histories and addresses how to use those techniques to enrich family history. Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m. in Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
  • The twelfth annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival features 56 poets, including Boston’s Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Anthony Sammarco, local historian and author, presents a slide lecture on his recent book Hyde Park Then and Now. Audience members celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hyde Park's annexation to Boston with a slice of birthday cake. Saturday, April 28, at 12 p.m., at the Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Avenue, 617.361.2524.
  • The South Boston Arts Association celebrates National Poetry Month with a poetry reading featuring as their special guest Kurt Eidsvig. Adults are invited to come and read their own poetry (or prose), or a favorite poem. Saturday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway, 617.268.0180.

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