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Boston Public Library’s May Author Talks and Programs

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

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Boston Public Library’s May schedule is filled with author talks and lectures, book sales, and programs honoring Mother’s Day. Visit www.bpl.org/calendar for a full schedule.

  • Make a gift for a special mother in your life with clay artist Sabrina Pilet-Jones on Wednesday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Make homemade bath products for a mother or yourself on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, located at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester.
  • Create your own comic book-themed drink coaster for Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, located at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester.
  • Hear stories celebrating mothers on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Library at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Paul Lewis, editor of The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789–1820, speaks about mostly anonymous works that reveal the vibrant, lost world of Boston’s post-revolutionary poetry and provide access to the culture and daily life of the city. He is joined by Danielle Legros Georges, Poet Laureate of Boston, on Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Local author Lisa E. Pearson discusses her book Arnold Arboretum, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street.
  • In honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, children’s author Thanhha Lai discusses her novel Inside Out & Back Again, which won numerous accolades including the National Book Award and the Newbery Honor Medal. It is the story of a young girl in 1975 who, along with her family, leaves her home in Vietnam to start a new life in Alabama. Tuesday, May 10, at 12 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Joseph Bagley, author of A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts, highlights some of the city’s fascinating past —from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts—and demonstrates how historical objects offer a unique and accessible introduction to Boston’s history and physical culture. Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Hear the incredible story of a Holocaust survivor persecuted by the Nazis and victimized by the American court system in When God Looked Down and Wept. This presentation includes a short film followed by a discussion with the lawyer who represented the survivor in his fight for his First Amendment rights. Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.
  • Award-winning Boston Globe journalist Emily Sweeney gives a slide lecture regarding her book Boston Organized Crime, which explores the region’s shadier side, taking a closer look at the mobsters and racketeers who once operated in the greater Boston area. Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.
  • The Friends of the North End Branch hold their annual book sale on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the North End Branch, located at 25 Parmenter Street.
  • The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture in collaboration with the Boston Public Library present Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges reading from her new collection of poems The Dear Remote Nearness of You on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Join bee experts Joseph Wilson, Olivia Messinger Carril, and Thomas Seeley for a bee keeping panel, which will include an introduction to the many different types of bee species, as well information on the lost pastime of bee hunting, on Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Peter Grinspoon discusses Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction: A Memoir, which describes his journey to overcoming addiction and ultimately becoming a more compassionate doctor for it on Monday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • The Friends of the South Boston Branch hold their springtime book sale on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • The Lower Mills Branch at 27 Richmond Street welcomes mystery author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan for a talk and book signing on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.

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Boston Public Library to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with Two Exhibitions in Fall 2016

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

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2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and Boston Public Library and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center will honor the Bard’s lasting legacy with two exhibitions at the Central Library this fall, as well as programming at library locations citywide. Boston Public Library holds one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Shakespeare in a public institution, including the first four folios of his collected works, 45 early quarto editions of individual plays, and thousands of volumes of early source material, commentaries, translations, manuscripts, and more.

“At some point in life, everyone has experienced the work of Shakespeare,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “These opportunities at the Boston Public Library give all the chance to learn more about the creative genius of Shakespeare and how his legacy lives on today.”

Shakespeare Unauthorized: Experience the original works of “The Bard”

Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition on view from October 14, 2016 through March 31, 2017, will include extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the BPL’s own copy of the world-famous First Folio. Through the pages of these precious books, visitors can experience Shakespeare in his original language and spelling, just as he would have been read by book lovers and theater-goers hundreds of years ago.  Shakespeare Unauthorized will take place in the McKim Exhibition Hall on the first floor of the McKim building at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible through the financial support of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), a leader in storage and information management services. Based in Boston, Iron Mountain provides charitable grants of funding and in-kind services to cultural and historical preservation projects like Shakespeare Unauthorized all over the world through its Living Legacy Initiative. (more…)

Quincy Carroll, Author of “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside,” Brings a Captive Audience to Rural China.

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by kmiller@private.bpl.org in General

On a rainy Thursday evening in Boston, Quincy Carroll took his audience’s imaginations to the countryside of China. The crowd in the Commonwealth Salon in the Central Library in Copley Square sat engaged as Carroll discussed the inspiration for the novel “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside” as well as reading two carefully chosen passages from the book.

Carroll began the talk by discussing how his background and personal experiences influenced the novel. Born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, Carroll attended Yale University. After graduating in 2007, Carroll headed to New York to enter the financial world in sales and trading. It didn’t take long for Carroll to realize that he wanted a different life, leading him to quit his job and move to China. Before departing he found a graphic novel, “East meets West,” by Yang Liu that informed his knowledge of the differences between the cultures. Upon arriving in China, however, he found quickly there was a gap in the literary world for an exploration of foreigners living and experiencing China and Chinese culture. After returning to America, Carroll enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA program at Emerson College and the journey of writing “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside,” began.

The first passage Carroll read was a particularly meaningful one, considering the location of the talk. Carroll revealed to the audience that this portion of the novel was written just a few yards away in Bates Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. This passage is also significant as it’s the first time we meet two of the main characters, Thomas Guillard and Bella while they waited for a train to Ningyuan. The scene creates an image for the audience of Guillard’s nonchalant attitude towards the Chinese culture, through his smoking and staring at a nearby girl. The passage sets the audience up to learn more about these two characters and how their different backgrounds will influence their relationship.

The second passage Carroll read introduces the other main character, Daniel. Daniel is traveling by bus to visit friends and the contrast between him and Thomas is immediately felt. At one point Daniel automatically nods to a man he passes and is embarrassed because “Simply because they came from different countries did not mean they owe each other a hello.” This quote spoke to Daniel’s mindfulness of the culture and his role as an outsider.

Carroll ended the night thanking everyone who attended, as well as answering numerous questions from the audience. In response to the questions, Carroll discussed the artful act of infusing Chinese into a novel meant for English speakers, his plans for the next novel, and that the characters were hybrids of many different people he met in his travels.

This talk is part of the Boston Public Library’s Author Talk Series. The next talk in the series will take place on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. featuring Paul Lewis, editor of “The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820, and taking place in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square. Learn more via here.

Boston Public Library Welcomes Bestselling Irish Author Colm Tóibín for a St. Patrick’s Day Author Talk

Posted on March 11th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

brooklynBoston Public Library’s Author Talk Series features renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín on Thursday, March 17, at 12 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland.

“St. Patrick’s Day in the City of Boston holds a special place in my life,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “It is a festive celebration of Irish culture, and we are fortunate to have such a talented writer coming to visit the Boston Public Library on this occasion. We welcome Colm Tóibín and I encourage the people of Boston to take a moment to stop by and hear about his work.”

“We welcome Colm Tóibín to the Boston Public Library for this special St. Patrick’s Day author talk and are grateful to the Consulate General of Ireland for their work to bring this to fruition,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “The talk promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the audience to learn more about his works and career as a bestselling author, during this year of great significance to members of the Irish community at home and abroad.” (more…)

Boston Public Library March Literary Events and Programs at Branch Locations Across the City

Posted on February 25th, 2016 by BPL News in Media Releases

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The month of March offers a wealth of author talks and Irish-themed programs for people of all ages to enjoy. Below are highlights of the upcoming month, for a full listing visit the BPL Calendar of Events.

  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center invites kids ages 5-11 to explore the world, enjoy activities, and learn about Ireland’s geography and culture on Tuesday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Map Center, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Linda M. Blair takes the audience back to the 17th century as she reads passages from her novel Cauldron of Dreams, which details the lives of women yearning to pursue their dreams on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Honor Molloy, a Dublin-born, Brooklyn-based writer, actor and director, talks and reads from her lyrical book, Smarty Girl, Dublin Savage, an autobiographical novel set in the 1960’s, on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Hear Irish music in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish folk concert featuring Boston’s Erin Og on Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Patrick’s Day-themed story times and crafts for children ages 0-5 take place on Wednesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • BPL’s Collaborative Library Services Manager Anna Fahey-Flynn discusses the shoe industry in Massachusetts, dating from the 1800s through World War I, when the Commonwealth was the largest producer of shoes in the United States. Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Lecture Series.
  • Irish author Colm Tóibín speaks about his novel Brooklyn, made into a film starring Saoirse Ronan, on Thursday, March 17, at 12 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. This program is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland.
  • Author David Ira Rottenberg reads his humorous stories accompanied by ballet dancers from Sheila Rosanio’s School of Dance in Revere on Friday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch, located at 179 Main Street. A program for children and their caregivers.
  • The South Boston Branch hosts a St. Patrick’s Day book sale on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 646 East Broadway.
  • The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Boston Map Society welcome Joni Seager, Professor and Chair at Bentley University to talk about her book State of Women in the World Atlas. Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. This author talk is presented in conjunction with the Map Center exhibition Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments.
  • Historian Christopher Daley details the history of the Irish community in Boston in his “No Irish Need Apply” talk on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fields Corner Branch, located at 1520 Dorchester Avenue.
  • Historian Alex Goldfeld explores the lives of people of African descent in the predominantly white Massachusetts Bay Colony in his talk “The Black Community in Colonial Dorchester and Boston” on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Part of the Local & Family History Lecture Series.
  • Irish flute player and singer Shannon Heaton, accompanied by a string quartet, blends new compositions and old ballads rooted in the Irish tradition on Thursday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

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