Writers and Their Readers to Meet at the Boston Public Library
Prize-winning, Best-selling, and Inspiring Authors to Visit Copley Square
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February 18, 2011
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BOSTON — February 18, 2011 – Throughout the spring, the Boston Public Library will host author talks with acclaimed writers, including National Book Award winner James Carroll and Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks. In all, a dozen talented writers on topics ranging from cooking to distance running and from Jerusalem to Fenway Park will visit the Central Library in Copley Square. The Boston Public Library’s Author Talk Series includes:

  • Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 p.m., Abbey Room Maya Jasanoff, author of Liberty’s Exiles
    Maya Jasanoff, an associate professor of history at Harvard University, will speak about Liberty’s Exiles, a groundbreaking history of what followed the American Revolution. American Patriots celebrated the departure of the British, but tens of thousands of American loyalists decided to leave their homes and become refugees elsewhere in the British Empire. Liberty’s Exiles is a book that explores this unknown dimension of America’s founding and illuminates the meaning of liberty.
  • Thursday, March 10, 6:00 p.m., Boston Room, Jessica Harper on The Crabby Cook Cookbook
    Actress, author, musician, blogger, and mom Jessica Harper will talk about The Crabby Cook Cookbook: Recipes & Rants. Harper may first be recognized as the delightfully witty actress who has costarred in many movies and television shows including Stardust Memories with Woody Allen, Pennies from Heaven with Steve Martin, My Favorite Year with Peter O’Toole, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. The Crabby Cook Cookbook comes from the name of her popular cooking blog, thecrabbycook.com.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., Abbey Room, James Carrollon Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
    James Carroll is a trustee at the Boston Public Library and a columnist for the Boston Globe. His urgent, masterful Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world —reaching far into our contemporary lives — an incendiary fantasy of a city. Carroll is the author of many award-winning books about his life, religion, power, and war. He has also published several novels. His memoir, AnAmerican Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, received the National Book Award in 1996. His Constantine’s Sword was recently made into an acclaimed documentary film.
  • Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall, Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money
    Geneen Roth’s books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight, and body image. Roth believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, and love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves. In the past thirty years, she has worked with thousands of people using meditation, inquiry, and a set of seven eating guidelines that are the foundation of natural eating. Her newest book, Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money, explores how women’s emotional issues with money mirror the same kinds of issues they may have with food.
  • Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall, Diane Ackerman on One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage and the Language of Healing
    In One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage and the Language of Healing, Diane Ackerman explains how she discovered that with love and scientific understanding, she could guide her husband back to the world of words after he suffered a disabling stroke. Ackerman is a poet, essayist, and naturalist; and is the author of over two dozen works of nonfiction and poetry, including the acclaimed A Natural History of the Senses.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2:00 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hal, Christopher McDougall on Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    In time for the Boston Marathon,Christopher McDougall will talk about his popular adventure book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. McDougall, a former Associated Press news writer and war correspondent, set off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest long distance runners, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, to learn their secrets. The result is Born to Run, an inspiring book about the history and love of running.
  • Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m., Abbey Room, Philip Kerr, author of Field Gray
    Mystery writer Philip Kerr is the author of more than 20 books, including seven Bernie Gunther novels, several stand-alone thrillers, and the Children of the Lamp books for young adults. Already named one of six best thrillers of the year by the London Times, Field Gray begins with the former German detective Gunther enjoying retirement in Cuba until he is handed over to American agents.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Abbey Room Mystery Panel with Hank Phillippi Ryan, Cara Black, and Hallie Ephron
    Three mistresses of mystery will take part in a panel discussion. Hank Phillippi Ryan, Boston’s own investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WHDH-TV, and award-winning mystery writer of Prime Time, Face Time, Air Time, and now Drive Time joins mystery writer pals Cara Black and Hallie Ephron. Hallie Ephron’s latest novel of suspense, Come and Find Me, tells the story of a recluse who must brave the real world when her sister goes missing. Cara Black’s mystery beat is Paris. The latest of her best-selling Aimee Leduc novels is Murder in Passy.
  • Monday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall, Geraldine Brooks on Caleb’s Crossing
    Bestselling author Geraldine Brooks will discuss her latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing. Brooks is the author of the novels People of the Book, Pulitzer Prize-winning March, and Year of Wonders, as well as the nonfiction works, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Set in 1665, Caleb’s Crossing is the story of Bethia Mayfield who befriends Caleb, the son of a Wampanoag chief, on Martha’s Vineyard. The story is based on the life of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University.
  • Thursday, June 16, 6:00 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall, Harvey Frommer on Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox
    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this remarkable venue, sports writer and author Harvey Frommer presents a timely masterwork Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox. The book offers a stunning collection of team history, first-person narratives, and iconic images. Harvey Frommer is a noted oral historian and sports journalist and the author of 40 sports books.

For more information on the Boston Public Library’s Author Talk Series, visit the dedicated web page on the Boston Public Library website, www.bpl.org/authors.

For more than 160 years, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Today, the Boston Public Library has twenty-seven neighborhood locations, including the central library in Copley Square. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts nearly 12,000 programs, answers more than one million reference questions, and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit www.bpl.org.

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