Boston Public Library hosts June author talks at the Central Library in Copley Square and branch locations on a range of topics and features the works of artists, journalists, and local authors:
- Local author Dwight reads from his book The Mango Drive Days and gives a multimedia presentation on the sadness of Africans bowing to European, Arab, Christianity, and Islam religions and turning their backs on their glorious past. Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
- Author, singer, and entertainer Judy Cook presents stories of the Civil War told through historical family letters, songs, and images on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
- Award winner William Landay speaks about his New York Times bestsellers Defending Jacob, The Strangler, and Mission Flats on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sound End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
- J. R. Greene, author of eleven books about the Quabbin Reservoir, narrates a slideshow outlining the history of the Metro Boston water system and the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir on Wednesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 25 Parmenter Street.
- Joel Kovarsky speaks about his book which explains Thomas Jefferson’s cartographic interests in The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision on Wednesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- Editor Sharon Louden and artist-contributor Peter Drake lead a panel discussing Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a collection of essays by 40 working artists who describe their attempts to sustain a creative practice in today’s society on Thursday, June 12, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- Local author and 30-year veteran of the music business Terry Kitchen will read from his novel Next Big Thing, which describes the 1980’s Boston music scene. Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 12 Sedgwick Street.
- Alison Barnet talks about her new book South End Character: Speaking Out On Neighborhood Change, a collection of her columns from the South End News on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury.
- Alex Owumi reads from his book Qaddafi’s Point Guard, which tells the story of his journey from Nigeria to Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood and his experience playing basketball overseas with an athletic club funded by the family of then-Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi. Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
- Anthony Sammarco speaks about his new book Lost Boston, which chronicles the constant change of the city and reveals the 68 major Boston locations that no longer exist. Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street, and on Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.
- Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square changed China and how China changed the events of June 4 by rewriting its history in The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited on Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
The complete schedule of upcoming events at Boston Public Library locations is available at www.bpl.org/calendar.
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