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Boston Public Library’s November Author Talk and Lectures

by awilliams

Author talks and lectures continue this November at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library and branch locations. Highlights include art tile in Boston’s Gilded Age, a musical lecture from the Boston Lyric Opera, and National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson.

Fall author talks and lectures run through December. A full list of events at the Central Library in Copley Square is available via, and November highlights include:

  • Boston Public Library staff members outline resources available to help uncover the lineage of your family home and enrich your understanding of where and how your family lived on Wednesday, November 18, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. Part of the Local & Family History Series.
  • The Boston Lyric Opera explores the evolution and history of opera through musical performances in “Opera in an Hour” on Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. Presented in partnership with the Boston Lyric Opera.

A variety of author visits and lectures will also be held across the BPL’s neighborhood branches. Highlights include:

  • Isabel Quintero discusses her novel Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, which won the William C. Morris Award for YA Debut Novel, on Monday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street.
  • Carla Marrero, author and illustrator of CJ’s Hideaway and The Magical Cat, leads Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street.
  • Author James Biggie and artist Frankie Washington speak about their graphic novel Robot God Akamatsu on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.
  • Jacqueline Woodson, author of the National Book Award-winning and Newbery Honor book Brown Girl Dreaming, speaks on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at the Dudley Branch, located at 65 Warren Street, part of the BPL’s Brown Girl Dreaming initiative, with support from Bank of America.

You can find a wide variety of events for all ages and interests at Boston Public Library locations including story times, concerts, book discussions, crafting groups, films, and more via by searching the date, age range, location, and event type.


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