Boston Public Library to Host Authors and Lecturers in October
David Macaulay among the researchers, writers, and other speakers to visit BPL locations
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September 26, 2012
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Throughout October, the Boston Public Library will host author and lecture events at the Central Library and in branches across the city. The complete schedule of upcoming events at the Boston Public Library is available at www.bpl.org/calendar. Author appearances and lectures during October are as follows:

  • South Boston Historical Society President Robert Allison gives a talk titled “Why Should We Care about the War of 1812?” on Monday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. at the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway.

 

  • New England folklorist John Horrigan provides an overview of paranormal events, places, and creature sightings in Massachusetts in a talk titled “Bay State Phantoms.” Thursday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Author talk with A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven. Homes has published nine other books, including the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter. Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • A certified financial planner gives a talk titled “Home Buying Basics,” designed to help individuals and couples think about the best way to buy a new home. Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. in Room C05/06, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Author Richard A. Johnson gives a talk titled “A History of Fenway Park.” Mr. Johnson is the author of Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park. Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road.

 

  • Author Richard A. Johnson gives a talk titled “A History of the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, and Braves Field.” Mr. Johnson has authored and edited numerous books on a variety of sports topics, including histories of each of Boston's four major sports franchises. Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.

 

  • Harvard University Professor and South End resident Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will discuss her book The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50. Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street.

 

  • Heli Meltsner, author of the recently published Poorhouses of Massachusetts: A Cultural and Architectural History will describe life in a poorhouse. Poorhouses and their rural counterparts, town farms, were seen as a means of reforming the treatment of the destitute and homeless in Massachusetts from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. in the Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square.

 

  • Joe Gallo, author of Boston Bronze & Stone Speak to Us, will present a slide show and discussion of public art in Boston. Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library, 4246 Washington Street.

 

  • Mountain climber and guide Craig John gives a multimedia presentation on his expeditions to Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. Thursday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • David Macaulay speaks as part of the Boston Public Library’s Lowell Lecture series. Mr. Macaulay is perhaps best known for the award-winning international bestseller The Way Things Work, which was expanded and updated in 1998 and renamed The New Way Things Work. Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Author Richard A. Johnson gives a talk titled “A History of the Boston Garden.” Mr. Johnson serves as the curator of the Sports Museum at TD Garden. He has authored and edited numerous books on a variety of sports topics, including histories of each of Boston's four major sports franchises. Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge Street.

 

  • Author talk with Joseph Finder. Mr. Finder appears in conjunction with the West Roxbury Friends’ annual meeting. Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1961 Centre Street. The members’ reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

  • Author talk with Sam Baltrusis. Mr. Baltrusis is the author of Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. He will discuss Brighton-area haunts. Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road.

 

  • Author talk with Sharon Lovejoy. Ms. Lovejoy is the author of My First Bird Book and Bird Feeder, an illustrated field guide and activity book. Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. in the Rey Children's Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Dr. Douglas Beck speaks on “Hearing, Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids.” Sunday, October 14, 3:15 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Author talk with Chris Berdik. Mr. Berdik is the author of Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Placebos, Expectations, and Assumptions. He is a science journalist and a former staff editor at The Atlantic and Mother Jones. Monday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Kim L. Gaddy and Margaret R. Sullivan speak on “Boston's Fairest: The First 50 Years of Women in the Boston Police Department.” Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street.

 

  • Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau's speakers bureau will present a program on how to avoid falling victim to scams and how to protect oneself from identity theft. Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library, 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.

 

  • During Teen Read Week, Gregory McAdam tells stories of curious disappearances, unsolved mysteries, and purported hauntings. Thursday, October 18, 4:00 p.m. at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, 65 Warren Street in Roxbury.

 

  • Author talk with Will Schwalbe. Mr. Schwalbe is the author of The End of Your Life Book Club, the true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Thursday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Anthony Sammarco presents a slide lecture entitled “The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History.” Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road.

 

  • Author talk with Howard Jacobson. Mr. Jacobson is the author of Zoo Time and is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Laura G. Prescott gives a talk titled "Find Your Military Ancestors on Fold3.com." In its partnership with the National Archives, fold3.com digitizes millions of images relating to people who participated in American military history. Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 p.m. in the Orientation Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

 

  • Author talk with Sam Baltrusis. Mr. Baltrusis is the author of Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library, 690 Adams Street, in Dorchester.

 

  • Author talk with Susan Naimark. Ms. Naimark is the author of The Education of a White Parent, which details her experiences with race and privilege as a parent of two children in the Boston Public School system. Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

 

  • Author Stephanie Schorow presents a slide lecture on the Cocoanut Grove Fire, the worst nightclub fire in American history, which killed 492 people in World War II Boston. Monday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, 40 Academy Hill Road. Ms. Schorow also appears at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. to discuss the 70th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove Fire which occurred on November 28, 1942.

 

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