Doris Kearns Goodwin Appears at Boston Public Library on March 20
Goodwin joins writer Rebecca Miller to discuss Miller’s new book “Jacob’s Folly”
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March 11, 2013
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Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will appear onstage with writer Rebecca Miller during a Wednesday, March 20, author talk event at the Boston Public Library (BPL). The author talk will take place at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

Rebecca Miller is the author of the century-spanning novel Jacob’s Folly, which follows the intertwined lives of four characters: Jacob, a Jewish peddler living in eighteenth-century France; Leslie and Deirdre Senzatimore, a settled American couple; and Masha, an alluring young Ultra-Orthodox Jew.

When Doris Kearns Goodwin read Jacob’s Folly, she was impressed by the way Miller wrote of the intertwined lives of characters across the centuries and how the past influences the present. Ms. Goodwin will interview Rebecca Miller on stage during the March 20 author talk.

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is known for her grand examinations of U.S. presidents. Her book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in History. Her most recent bestseller, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film Lincoln. She also charmed readers with her reminiscences of her father, growing up in the fifties, and the Brooklyn Dodgers in Wait Till Next Year. A former trustee of the Boston Public Library, Goodwin’s next book brings her back to presidents: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. The book will be published later this year.

Rebecca Miller is the author of the short story collection Personal Velocity, her feature-film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which she also adapted for the screen. Ms. Miller is the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Inge Morath.

Ms. Miller’s appearance at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square was originally scheduled for March 19, but was changed in conjunction with Ms. Goodwin’s added appearance. The full schedule of upcoming author talks at Boston Public Library locations is available at

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