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 Boston Public Library locations, please use our calendar of events.
In Kim Harrison's new novel The Undead Pool – the twelfth book in her bestselling urban fantasy series The Hollows – witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong. Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters are lost. However the only way to do so is through ancient, elven magic, which carries other perils. Kim Harrison is also known for the Truth and The Decoy Princess series, written under her given name of Dawn Cook.
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700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Christopher Klein, author of Strong Boy: The Life and times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero
Strong Boy gives a ringside seat to the colorful tale of one of the country’s first Irish-American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the country’s obsession with athletes. It tells the story of America’s first sports superstar, John L. Sullivan, a self-made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age. Everywhere Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado. Christopher Klein is a history and travel writer and the author of two previous books. He has also written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Harvard Magazine.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Rebecca Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
With a philosopher’s depth and a novelist’s imagination, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein probes the deepest issues confronting us — from sexuality and child-rearing to morality and the meaning of life — by allowing us to eavesdrop on Plato as he encounters the modern world. Reviving the Platonic art of the dialogue for the 21st century, Goldstein demonstrates that the questions he first posed continue to confound and enlargen us today. Goldstein received her doctorate in philosophy from Princeton University. Her award winning books include the novels The Mind-Body Problem, Properties of Light, and Mazel. She has received MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships, and she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Carolyn Wyman, author of The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book:
Scrumptious Recipes & Fabled History from Toll House to Cookie Cake Pie
Chocolate chip cookies are America’s favorite sweet, and they also offer a most interesting cookie history. Learn the true story of their invention 75 years ago by Ruth Wakefield at her Toll House Inn restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, and experience the treat's 1980s heyday under Mrs. Fields and Famous Amos. Rediscover tributes to chocolate chip cookies and browse the many delicious recipes. Carolyn Wyman is the author of seven food books including SPAM: A Biography and Jell-O: A Biography. Her nationally syndicated Supermarket Sampler column appeared in newspapers across the country for more than 20 years.
From the best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, Kaysen's new novel-from-life follows the story of a girl growing up in the 1950s among the academics and artists of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her tangled attempts to understand herself, her family and her place in the world. Uprooted from the familiar, beloved streets around Harvard Square, the precocious young narrator Susanna feels lost when her family moves away for a sabbatical year abroad. After another family sojourn, she returns to Cambridge with a sense of restless otherness, feeling herself an outsider wherever she is. Cambridge captures the fears and wonders of childhood, the mores of an era now past, and the ways we can—and cannot—go home. Susanna Kaysen's other novels include Far Afield and Asa, As I Knew Him.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Robert Wicks, author of Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm
In Perspective, Robert J. Wicks combines research and classic wisdom to provide advice on how to discover and regain a balanced and healthy perspective. As Wicks explains, how we see the world and ourselves is more important than what we see. Our perspectives are what matter. Classic wisdom literature has emphasized this for generations and clinical psychology has followed suit from its inception. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is on the faculty of Loyola University, Maryland. He has published over 50 books for professionals and the general public including Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Riding the Dragon, and Streams of Contentment.
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700 Boylston StreetAuthor Panel featuring Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman & Jenna Russell, authors of Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice
Long Mile Home tells the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013, and highlights the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community before, during, and after the tragic Marathon Bombings. The authors, both journalists at the Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep and widely praised coverage of the event. Through the eyes of seven principal characters, Helman and Russell trace the distinct paths that brought them together. With an unprecedented level of detail and insight, the book offers revelations, insights, and powerful stories of heroism and humanity.
This talk will be moderated by Deborah Becker, a reporter and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice, crime and education. She was a key part of WBUR's coverage of the Marathon bombings and their aftermath.