Biographers, Journalists, and Historians Visit Boston Public Library Locations in May
Speakers discuss wide range of topics, from the latest news to Boston’s own history
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April 26, 2012
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BOSTON – April 26, 2012 – Over a dozen insightful researchers and novelists will visit Boston Public Library locations throughout May. Speakers will also cover such topics as the roots of autism, the theory of multiple intelligences, and routes to tracing Native American ancestors.

Please note: An author talk with Walter Isaacson has been postponed until Fall 2012. Please check www.bpl.org/calendar for details as they become available.

Author appearances and lectures during May are as follows:

  • Edith Pearlman reads from her PEN/Malamud National Book Critics Circle Award winning book, Binocular Vision. Ms. Pearlman will be introduced by South End novelist Sue Miller. Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street, 617.536.8241.
  • Though Margaret Fuller and Edgar Allan Poe lived in Boston at different times, the city and what it stood for were important in their growth as intellectuals and writers. Megan Marshall, author of the forthcoming book, The Passion of Margaret Fuller: A Biographical Romance, and Paul Lewis, an English professor at Boston College and chair of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, discuss the two writers and their relationship with Boston in a program in tandem with Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History,an exhibition running at the Central Library in Copley Square through July 30. The talk takes place on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. The Central Library is located at 700 Boylston Street, 617.536.5400.
  • Master storyteller Mwalim reads from his book, A Mixed Medicine Bag: Original Black Wampanoag Folklore. Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, 617.442.6186.
  • Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, speaks on “Multiple Intelligences: The First Thirty Years.” Gardner has written extensively on intellectual development including Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds and The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach. His latest book is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century. Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at the Brighton Branch, 40 Academy Hill Road, 617.782.6032. Part of the John Harvard Book Celebration.
  • Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald, authors of Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England, offer an illustrated, gastronomic tour of New England's first three centuries, highlighting the most influential cookbooks, profiling major figures in the region's culinary tradition, and showing how they prepared some of the almost 400 historic recipes included in their book. Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.
  • Joseph R. Gallo discusses his book, Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us, which combines art, history, and walking guides for the public sculptures found in eighteen Boston locales. Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m., at the North End Branch, 25 Parmenter Street, 617.227.8135.
  • Boston journalists Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow reveal the city’s notorious past as they discuss The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums, and Hideouts. Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m., at the Brighton Branch, 40 Academy Hill Road, 617.782.6032.
  • Richard Johnson shares stories of the site of some of baseball’s most historic moments in his book, Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park. Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
  • Brian Hores and Leona Cottrell, residents of the North End, have travelled to Italy for the past thirteen summers, studying, analyzing, and documenting Roman buildings that were buried 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Through lecture and slide show, they offer a vivid depiction of Roman life when it was frozen in time on a hot summer afternoon in year 79. Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the North End Branch, 25 Parmenter Street, 617.227.8135.
  • Brita Belli discusses The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates. Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine, an independent magazine dedicated to green issues. Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m., in the Boston Room at the Central Library in Copley Square as part of the BPL’s Author Talk Series.
  • Cheryll Toney Holley, proprietor of PastTense Genealogy, is a professional researcher and writer specializing in African-American and Native American peoples in New England. She shares tips on using colony and state records to trace your Native American ancestors. Wednesday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square; part of the BPL’s Local & Family History Lecture Series.

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