Category Archives: Author Talks

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March 18th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Cass R Sunstein

How much information is too much? Do we need to know how many calories are in the popcorn that we bought on our way into the movie theater? Do we want to know if we are genetically predisposed to a certain disease? Can we do anything useful with next week’s weather forecast for Paris if we are not in Paris? In Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don’t Want to Know, Cass Sunstein examines the effects of information on our lives.

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April 1st at 7pm – Author Talk – Tobey Pearl

In Providence, Plymouth Colony in 1638 a young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery near Plymouth Colony by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. Fighting for his life, the tribesman is able with his final breaths to reveal the details of the attack to Providence’s governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government ensues, followed by the convening of the colony’s first murder trial, with Plymouth Colony’s governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury is made up of local settlers whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered Nipmuc tribesman.

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April 22nd at 7pm – Author Talks – Fredrik Logevall

John F. Kennedy’s meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. While hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone since his death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person. In JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Fredrik Logevall, fills in this gap in our historical knowledge.

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April 29th at 7pm – Author Talk – Ted Widmer

As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration—an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent. In Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, a book that Doris Kearns Goodwin calls “A book for our time”, Ted Widmer charts these pivotal thirteen days of travel, as Lincoln discovers his power, speaks directly to the public, and sees his country up close.

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May 13th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Joseph Bagley

As Boston approaches its 400th anniversary, it is remarkable that it still maintains its historic character despite constant development. In Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley features fifty buildings that all pre-date 1800 and illustrate the city’s early history. This is the first book to survey Boston’s fifty oldest buildings and does so through an approachable narrative which will appeal to history lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and tourists alike.

Beginning with a map of the buildings’ locations and an overview of the historic preservation movement, the book looks at the fifty buildings in order from oldest to most recent. The majority of the buildings are located within the downtown area and along the Freedom Trail and they span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants. Each chapter features a building, a narrative focusing on its historical significance, and the efforts made to preserve it over time. This will be Mr. Bagley’s second appearance at the Library.

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