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Boston Public Library announces September author talks

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  August 29, 2013 03:47 PM

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Local and nationally known authors are set to visit the Boston Public Library in September to discuss their latest books covering topics including the history of Howard Johnson’s, the work of award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and life working in the hotel industry.

Here are some highlights of next month’s author talks:

· Author Stephen Hornsby discusses his book Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J. F. W. Des Barres, and the Making of the Atlantic Neptune on Thursday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

· Film critic and editor Peter Keough speaks about the book Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews on Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. This collection details Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s journey to become one of Hollywood’s most influential directors.

· Author Jacob Tomsky describes the highs and lows of life in the hotel industry in Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality on Tuesday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

· Thomas Keneally, author of The Daughters of Mars, recounts World War I from a unique perspective on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Mr. Keneally is the publisher of 25 novels, including Booker Prize winner Schindler’s List.

· Local historian Anthony Sammarco talks about his book A History of Howard Johnson's: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. at the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 40 Academy Hill Road.

·Author Reza Aslan discusses Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which examines the life of Jesus in the context of first-century Palestine on Thursday, September 26, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall, located at the Central Library in Copley Square. Mr. Aslan’s first book, No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into 13 languages and named as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade.

·Roger Gottlieb will discuss his book, Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters, and Miriam Greenspan will discuss her book Healing Through Dark Emotions as part of the JP Writes & Invites series on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 12 Sedgwick Street.

· Tom MacDonald speaks about his novel Beyond the Bridge, which details the story of a former all-American football star at Boston College working to find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. Monday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 179 Main Street in Charlestown.

The complete schedule of upcoming events at Boston Public Library locations is available online.

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