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Boston Public Library’s June Author Talks & Literary Events

by rlavery

Programs take place throughout the library system

Boston Public Library’s June events feature yoga teacher and author Jessamyn Stanley, local writer Michael Patrick MacDonald, book sales, and more:

  • Local author and historian Alex Goldfeld speaks about the history of the North End; from the Boston Massacre to Revere’s heroic ride, the North End embodies almost four centuries of strife and celebration, international influence, and true American spirit. Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • A City-Wide Friends book sale takes place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Cushman Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, and a book & bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Egleston Square Branch, located at 2044 Columbus Avenue.
  • Internationally recognized yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, interviewed by WBUR’s Here and Now host Robin Young, discusses her new book Every Body Yoga on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The West Roxbury Branch Friends group holds their annual used book sale for all ages from June 6-10 at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Boston publishing professionals discuss the various roles that are involved in the creation of a Young Adult novel. From the germ of the idea with the author to the hand-selling or recommendation from a bookseller or librarian, panel members talk shop with teens and open up a discussion about publishing opportunities early in their trajectory. The panel includes professionals from Boston-based companies Candlewick, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Charlesbridge, The Horn Book, and more. Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston historian Stephanie Schorow reads from her newest book Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • A screening of the iconic 1970 film Boys in the Band is followed by a discussion with Bridgewater State University’s Associate Professor of English, Matt Bell, editor of the new book, The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics and Harvard Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The film screening is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the discussion takes place from 7:40 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the BPL’s celebration of Pride Month.
  • Kay Haring reads Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, a picture book about her brother’s art and activism on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch host a book sale including adult, teen, and juvenile titles, CDs, and DVDs on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story and the newly released Ma Speaks Up read from their works before sitting down to discuss memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform for empathic civic discourse and grassroots action. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Tommie Shelby discusses his book Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, in which he argues that attempts to “fix” ghettos or “help” their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice. Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue.
  • Katherine Nichols reads from her new book Deep Water, a nonfiction narrative and true story on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.

 

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