This month begins Boston Public Library’s dynamic fall author talk series running through December, highlighted by Anne Boyd Rioux and Elif Armbruster, whose talks celebrate the 150th anniversary of Little Women. Additionally, several book discussion groups take place in conjunction with the Mayor’s Recovery Month Book Club. Visit the BPL calendar for more information.
Author talks and lectures at all Boston Public Library locations in September:
- Aparna Jain, author of Like A Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids discusses women’s issues and #LikeAGirl, in conversation with Vidya Sri, Co-founder of Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, on Saturday, September 8, at 1 p.m. in the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- In Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, Anne Boyd Rioux recounts how Louisa May Alcott came to write Little Women and draws inspiration from her own life. Wednesday, September 12, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- Dave Strickler of the Boston Area Beekeepers Association gives a talk on honeybees in urban environments, what it’s like to raise honeybees in your backyard, and the small things you can do to help honeybees flourish on Thursday, September 13, at 6 p.m. at the Parker Hill Branch, located at 1497 Tremont Street.
- In her new memoir If You Love Me, Maureen Cavanagh recounts her journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction on Thursday, September 13, at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Branch, located at 646 East Broadway.
- Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life discusses his work on Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- Local JP author Beth Castrodale’s new novel In This Ground features indie rock star Ben Dirjery, who trades in his burgeoning music career for a more stable job at a cemetery to support his family on Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
- If You Love Me author Maureen Cavanagh visits the Dudley Branch’s National Recovery Month Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at the Frugal Bookstore at 57 Warren Street in Dudley Square.
- Elif Armbruster revisits Little Women from the perspective of 2018 in her talk “Jo March: A ‘Little Woman’ turns ‘Nasty Woman’” on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. in Rabb Hall at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
- Jerome Krase discusses “America’s Little Italies: Past, Present, and Future” on Wednesday, September 19, at 6 p.m. at the North End Branch at 25 Parmenter Street.
- Prize-winning author of domestic drama Randy Susan Myers reads from her new work The Widow of Wall Street, which was inspired by the Bernie Madoff case on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Branch.
- Carmine Vittoria discusses his book Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso: Survival and Deliverance from WW II in the Naples, Italy, Area 1940-49, which relates events of WW II as witnessed by a child on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the North End Branch and on Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the West End Branch.
- A panel of First Amendment experts from the New England First Amendment Coalition discuss your rights as laid out by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Parker Hill Branch, located at 1497 Tremont Street in Mission Hill.
- Join self-published local authors Sarah Biglow, Heather Kelly, and Deb Nam-Krane for a panel discussion and Q&A titled “Demystifying Self-Publishing: Indie Authors’ Perspectives” on Saturday, September 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street.
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