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December 10th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Scott Smith

Lawless and political thugs are pushing poison on the street and corrupting City Hall. But a new force emerges when four quirky friends step up to save their city. Investigative reporters have been chasing down countless conspiracy theories and when they join forces with the quirky friends, the united team closes in on exploding the chaos. In the process they prove that the whole can be far stronger than the sum of its parts.

Scott C. Smith is a writer and long-time, award-winning news reporter and editor and is the Director of Multimedia at the Kingston Reporter.

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December 3rd at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Christopher Klein

In his book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom, Christopher Klein tells how thousands of Civil War veterans who had fled to the United States rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger still considered themselves Irishmen first and Americans second. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the Fenian Brotherhood carried out a series of five attacks on Canada. This motley group established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, assassinated enemies, and managed to seize a piece of Canada—if only for three days.

Christopher Klein is a Drew University graduate. He’s the author of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, and The Die Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.

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November 12th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Jennifer Sinsigali

In the historical novel Before the Mayflower, Jennifer Sinsigalli enters the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the thirty-three years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford with the fictional family of printer Nicholas Okes.

Jennifer Sinsigalli, whose pen name is J.L. Rose, is a Massachusetts native and a 1996 graduate of Williams College. She has called Duxbury home since 2015.

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October 29th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and when U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered for their arrival. They seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate Western culture.

Abdi Nor Iftin is now a proud resident of Maine and on the path to citizenship. As a former refugee, a recent immigrant to the US and a Muslim, Abdi has received requests to speak at TEDx events, Universities and colleges in Maine.

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October 15th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Wayne Miller

In the early 1980s, a conspiracy of nine men, including three Boston cops and a Boston firefighter, burned the city and surrounding communities. For over two years these men torched 264 buildings, caused millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of injuries. Boston was ablaze with nightly fires with sirens wailing through the streets and people too afraid to sleep. Retired ATF Special Agent Wayne Miller lived this case for three years.

Mr. Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Boston for 25 years.

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October 1st at 7 PM – Virtual Author Talk – Daniel Everett

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we can talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, linguist, provides a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest attempts by hominids to the nearly seven thousand languages that exist today.

Daniel Everett is a Trustee Professor of Cognitive Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

 

September 17th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Lisa Duffy

On Ichabod Island, a jagged strip of land thirteen miles off the coast of Massachusetts, ten-year-old Sky becomes an orphan for the second time after a tragic accident claims the lives of her adoptive parents. Grieving the death of his best friends, Leo’s life is turned upside down when he finds himself the guardian of young Sky. Back on the island and struggling to balance his new responsibilities and his marriage to his husband, Leo is supported by a powerful community of neighbors, many of them harboring secrets of their own.

Lisa Duffy received an MFA in creative writing from UMass Boston and has had her short fiction nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is a Kinsgston resident.

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Kingston Public Library YouTube Channel

The staff of the Kingston Public Library have curated playlists on the these topics: Do It Yourself (DIY), Library/Community, History, Live Music, Music, Science, and Natural World.  Click here to visit our YouTube channel.

Keep checking back as we’ll be updating our channel with new content!

Bonus Borrows from Hoopla

Hoopla is offering Bonus Borrows to our patrons. These are checkouts that will not count against your 10 checkouts per month. To see a list of Bonus Borrows, go to the format you would like borrow such as eBook, movie, audiobook,  or music then click on categories. There you will see various Bonus Borrows lists. Click on any of them to see a list of what is available.  Click on the link to see a list of some movies that are Bonus Borrows.

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