Boston Public Library’s June Author Talks and Lectures

Boston Public Library’s June author events include an author panel celebrating Pride Month, talks including topics such as local history, urban gardening, the evolution of human nature, and more.  All programs and events can be viewed via

  • Emem Uko, author of Hers To Tell, Notice Me, and Janus, discusses her work on Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at the East Boston Branch at 365 East Bremen Street.
  • Author and Harvard health policy professor David Hemenway shares the public health implications of gun violence and will be introduced by Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans. Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes series.
  • Gretel Anspach, Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, gives tips and techniques for urban gardening on Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Faneuil Branch, located at 419 Faneuil Street in Brighton.
  • Andrea Lawlor, Mackenzi Lee, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez join moderator Caroline Linden for a Pride Month author panel on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Book critic James Wood joins author Rupert Thomson to discuss Thomson’s newest book, Never Anyone But You, which raises critical questions about the tension between art and political activism, on Monday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, gives a lecture “Great Decisions – Turkey: A Partner in Crisis” on Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Please register via Eventbrite.
  • Local GirlTrek leader Nicole Chandler discusses how GirlTrek is creating a national movement to transform the health of African American women and girls by walking and she shares how to get connected locally. Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Roslindale Branch, located at 4246 Washington Street.
  • Ellen Levy reads from her novel Romance at Stonegate, which details a relationship between two young Jewish women who fall in love in 1910. Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • An author panel featuring the evolution of human nature includes panelists Lisa Feldman Barret, Nathan H. Lents, Kenneth R. Miller, and moderator Deborah Blum on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Anthony M. Sammarco, local historian and author, recounts the history of Back Bay on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch, located at 151 Cambridge Street.


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