Boston Public Library to Host Authors in the New Year
Writers visit library and share stories with readers
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December 20, 2011
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During January, authors will visit a trio of branches and the Central Library in Copley Square in order to talk about their books, both fiction and nonfiction. Subjects range from privacy issues to political issues, and from Charlestown to Havana.

The complete schedule of upcoming author talks at the Boston Public Library is available on the library’s calendar and at Author appearances during January are as follows:

  • Tom Holzel will read from his book, Ballard's War. Set in 1941 Berlin, American Robert Ballard gifts the Nazis with top-secret information about the Allied war plans and meets a mysterious Italian widow. Tuesday, January 3, 6:30pm, South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street.

  • Tom MacDonald discusses his first novel, The Charlestown Connection. Amid the gloom of New England’s largest federal housing project, Dermot, a former all-American football star at Boston College sees his godfather stumble into a room with a knife in his back. Dermot tangles with the IRA, the FBI, and Charlestown’s code of silence while trying to solve his godfather’s murder. MacDonald received his BA from Stonehill College; MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management; and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Thursday, January 12, 7pm, Charlestown Branch, 179 Main Street.

  • In her book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, Lori Andrews asks, “How many things did you reveal about yourself online today?” I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did is an urgent and overdue call for a Constitution for the internet, by a leading specialist on privacy issues, to protect us from a host of shocking abuses of our basic individual rights. Andrews is a law professor and the director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at Illinois Institute of Technology. Tuesday, January 17, 6pm, Boston Room, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

  • Authors Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow discuss the ruthless gangsters, seedy hangouts, and deadly hits of Boston’s notorious underworld. Their book is The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts. Thursday, January 19, 2pm, Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

  • Scott Helman, Michael Kranish, and Mark Morrow are the authors of The Real Romney, a probing analysis of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private investment firms. This penetrating portrait offers important new details, too, on Romney’s failed race against Senator Ted Kennedy, his role leading the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics, and his championing of universal health care in Massachusetts. Michael Kranish, deputy chief of Washington bureau of the Boston Globe, has been a congressional reporter, White House correspondent, and national political reporter. Scott Helman is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, where he has worked as a reporter and editor for over a decade. Mark S. Morrow is the Deputy Managing Editor in charge of the Sunday Globe, and was the editor of The Real Romney. Thursday, January 19, 6pm, Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

  • Historian Robert E. Guarino discusses his book, Beacon Street: Its Buildings & Residents. Thursday, January 26, 2pm, Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

  • Author-photographer Cathryn Griffith discusses her book, Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage, which juxtaposes vintage postcards of Havana’s historic buildings with photographs of what they look like today. This event includes a 20-minute film. Monday, January 30, 6:30pm, Connolly Branch, 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

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