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Author Talk Series at the Central Library

Boston Public Library author talks feature a wide range of talented writers. Hear authors read from their books, purchase a copy, get it signed, and learn about the creative process that gets such magnificent stories told. To look for even more author talks taking place at Boston Public Library locations, please use our calendar of events.

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Author Talk with Ron Capps, author of Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years

Saturday
Dec. 06
2 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

700 Boylston Street
Author Talk with Ron Capps, author of Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years

In 1983, Ron Capps enlisted in the United States Army, and in the early ’90s he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer while remaining in the Army Reserve. That unusual combination set the stage for a unique career during which Capps functioned at times as a diplomat and an intelligence officer, investigating some of the bloodiest war zones in recent history. This distinct perspective informs his book Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, a work that is part soldier’s memoir, part story of the toll extensive exposure to war can take on the psyche, and part inspirational tale of the power of the written word to lift us out of the darkest of places. Capps is the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit program that provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their family members. Capps’ policy writing and commentary have appeared regularly in Time’s blog Battleland, Foreign Policy, and NPR’S All Things Considered.

 

Author Talk with Timothy Phillips, author of Beyond Conflict: 20 Years of Putting Experience to Work for Peace

Monday
Dec. 08
6 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon

700 Boylston Street
Author Talk with Timothy Phillips, author of Beyond Conflict: 20 Years of Putting Experience to Work for Peace

How do wars end? Why are some societies capable of peaceful political transitions while others descend into violence? In this compelling narrative, Timothy Phillips draws on twenty years of experience on the front lines of peace negotiations around the world to offer lessons for societies currently struggling with conflict. He relates stories of six individuals who stood up to dictatorship and sat down with their enemies to pave the way for lasting reconciliation. In an era in which war and devastation dominate the headlines, Beyond Conflict: 20 Years of Putting Experience to Work for Peace is a timely reminder that peace is not an illusion, but a reality. Phillips is the co-founder of Beyond Conflict, a non-profit global initiative for conflict resolution. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and the Council of Europe.