BPL December Author Talks and Lectures

Boston, Dec. 1, 2015 – Boston Public Library locations will host a variety of literary events this month, with topics ranging from the history of tea to the American maritime industry and more:

  • Sister Souljah meets with teens and adults, discussing her works and signing copies of her new book A Moment of Silence on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. at Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Russ Lopez reads from his new book Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood, a comprehensive history of the South End on Tuesday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch, located at 685 Tremont Street. Part of the South End Writes Series.
  • Marilynn Johnson discusses how foreign-born residents shaped Boston in The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s on Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Part of the Local and Family History Series.
  • Discover the collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center on a tour that includes the current exhibition, Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments, featuring maps from the 17th century to the present.  Wednesday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
  • Donald Yacovone, Ph.D., commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final issue of William Lloyd Garrison’s celebrated abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square. Highlights from the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection will be on display and a reception follows.
  • Discover how to get started on researching your family history with genealogist Rhonda McClure from the New England Historic Genealogical Society onThursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch, located at 1961 Centre Street.
  • Sonya Harris speaks about how people cope with self-destructive behaviors and failed relationships, and how they in turn impact our health in My Body Is Calling on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.
  • The Sisters in Crime Panel presents “Stealing from the Dead: Ideas and Where We Get Them” on Monday, December 14, at 6 p.m. at the Honan-Allston Branch, located at 300 North Harvard Street in Allston.
  • Senior maritime historian of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Michael P. Dyer brings listeners back to the end of the fifteenth century as he talks about how the islands of the Atlantic figured prominently in the American maritime industries on Thursday, December 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, located at 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester.
  • Anthony Sammarco presents “A History of Tea,” which examines how tea has been enjoyed over the centuries on Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Branch, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.

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