Summertime Author Talks at the Boston Public Library
Visits by Elin Hilderbrand and Jennifer Weiner are highlights of the July schedule
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June 25, 2012
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BOSTON – June 25, 2012 – Authors will visit Boston Public Library locations throughout July to introduce wonderful beach reads and to discuss a range of topics that will get readers thinking. Scheduled appearances in July are as follows:

  • Tom MacDonald will read from his book The Charlestown Connection, a novel of crime and conspiracy set in Charlestown, Massachusetts. In MacDonald’s first novel, Dermot Sparhawk, a former all-American football star at Boston College, sets out to solve his godfather’s murder with the help of his Micmac Indian cousin and his paraplegic tenant. Tuesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian Street, 617.569.0271.
  • Summerland, Elin Hilderbrand’s latest novel, begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy. As the story unfolds, Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty. Summerland is the latest in a series of best-selling books by Hilderbrand using Nantucket as a setting. Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, 617.536.5400.
  • In The Next Best Thing, bestselling author and Hollywood veteran Jennifer Weiner takes her readers into the world of Los Angeles show business culture. With an insider’s ear and eye for writers’ rooms and set politics, Weiner tells a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love and lose in the land where dreams come true. Jennifer Weiner is the author of ten novels, including In Her Shoes. Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up, a program that offers low-income young adults training, mentorship, internships, and ultimately real jobs, will speak on his book, A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success. Chertavian has dedicated his life to closing what he sees as an “opportunity divide” that strands millions of young, disadvantaged, yet motivated workers at the bottom of the job ladder. Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m., in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Brothers Max and Whit Alexander will discuss Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan. The book was born when, at age 47, Whit Alexander, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game, decided to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana, West Africa. His brother Max, a journalist, came along to tell the irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately inspiring story. Wednesday, July 25, at 6 p.m., in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Sam Kean will discuss The Violinist’s Thumb in which he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life, DNA. Kean's vibrant storytelling makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy, while showing how DNA will influence our species' future. Sam Kean is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, the New York Post, and New Scientist. Tuesday, July 31, at 6 p.m., in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square.

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