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Boston Public Library Fall Author Talks and Lecture Series

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Esteemed literary figures and scholars scheduled to appear
book-coversThis fall, Boston Public Library locations across the city will host dynamic author talks and lectures, with topics ranging from the Revolutionary War and 19th-century poetry to modern fantasy and teen reads.

Featured authors include New York Times Bestseller, R.A. Salvatore, and National Book Award for Young People’s Literature awardee, M.T. Anderson. Lecture topics as part of the Local & Family History Series include survival in colonial New England, Beacon Hill séances, and tips and guides for genealogical research.

The author talks and lectures run from September through December. A full list of events at the Central Library in Copley Square is available here http://www.bpl.org/programs/author_series.htm, and highlights include:

  • Rose A. Doherty takes the audience back to colonial New England in her lecture “Survival: Boston 1630,” recounting the first dangerous years when nearly half of the original Puritans either died or fled back to England, and she explores how the survivors persevered in the place that became the city of Boston. Wednesday, September 9, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Lecture Series.
  • Richard Brown and Paul Cohen, coauthors of Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755–1783, explore the maps that reflect Boston’s role during the Revolutionary War period on Tuesday, September 8, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Author Talk Series.
  • Michael Greenburg discusses The Court-Martial of Paul Revere, which gives an account of Revere’s conduct before, during, and after the disastrous Penobscot Expedition on Thursday, September 10, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Author Talk Series.
  • Modern epic fantasy author R. A. Salvatore details the process of world building, exploring the role of geography and maps in fantasy literature and he discusses his latest novel Archmage on Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Author Talk Series.
  • Teen authors Coe Booth and Patrick Jones, whose works include Tyrell and Things Change, speak about their books and writing experiences on Monday, September 14, at 4 p.m. in Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Erika DeSimone reads from Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century, a collection of 150 poems from burgeoning black-owned newspapers of the era. Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Author Talk Series.
  • Lisa Wilson speaks about her book A History of Stepfamilies in Early America and shares their experiences in early New England, offering a new prism through which to look at families. Wednesday, September 23, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local & Family History Series.

 

Dozens of talks and lectures are also being offered across the BPL’s neighborhood branches, highlights include:

  • Amy Maranville reads from her picture book Hanuman and the Orange Sun and participates in a craft-making session on Tuesday, September 15, at 10:30a.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
  • In honor of Grandparents Day, award-winning author and storyteller Irene Smalls will read from two of her books and encourages grandparents to read along to their grandchildren on Saturday, September 19, at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, located at 65 Warren Street in Roxbury.
  • Graphic novelist and painter Karl Stevens discusses his works on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road. His books include Guilty, Whatever, The Lodger, and Failure.

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

 

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