Boston Public Library’s July Author Talks

Boston Public Library’s July author events feature topics including organized crime in Boston, the Kennedy brothers, the history of chocolate, and more.  Additionally, throughout the summer, library locations will hold weekly “Read Ins” to celebrate the joy of summer reading and to help the Boston Public Library reach its goal of reading one million minutes this summer. All programs and events can be viewed via

  • Gautam Narula, author of the award-winning memoir Remain Free, details his unlikely friendship with Troy Davis, a man wrongfully accused of killing a police officer on Saturday, July 7, at 2 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Join the Connolly Branch for “Racial and Gender Justice in Urban Education: Readings & Dialogue,” led by Sandra McIntosh, Chair of the Coalition for Equal, Quality Education, on Monday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • Democratic activist and former State Representative Gerard Doherty shares his memoirs, particularly dealing with his work and friendship with all three Kennedy brothers as he discusses his work They Were My Friends: Jack, Bob, & Ted on Monday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Branch, located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester.
  • Andi Wolfgang, nuFudge founder, explains where chocolate comes from and how to include it in your life in healthy and delicious ways on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Fields Corner Branch at 1520 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester.
  • Reverend and author Jane Willan discusses her mystery debut set at a bucolic Welsh convent in The Shadow of Death, which introduces Sister Agatha, a mystery-loving nun who finds herself in the midst of a real-life murder case. Thursday, July 12, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Boston Globe journalist Emily Sweeney shares excerpts from her book Gangland Boston: A Tour through the Deadly Streets of Organized Crime on Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
  • Historian Anthony Sammarco presents a slide lecture, “Molasses from the Slave Trade to the Great Flood,” on Monday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street.

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