Category Archives: South End Writes

Author Philip Gambone to Read From His Collection, Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans, Tuesday, October 26 at SE Library, 6:30 PM

South End resident Phil Gambone, will read from his latest book of interviews with LGBTQ Americans at the South End Library on Tuesday, October 26. Gambone has published short stories in many literary magazines and anthologies. A recipient of artist’s fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, he has also been listed in Best American Short Stories, 1989 (Houghton Mifflin).

His collection of short stories, The Language We Use Up Here, was published by Dutton in 1991.  The book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.  His novel, Beijing (2003) was nominated for two awards, including a PEN/Bingham Award for Best First Novel.

Gambone has extensive publishing credits in nonfiction as well.  He has contributed numerous essays, reviews, features pieces, and scholarly articles, to several local and national journals including Bay Windows, The Harvard Crimson, The New York Times Book Review, Italian Americana, and The Boston Globe. He has also written extensively about China for several publications and has contributed chapters to two high school textbooks about ancient and modern China published by Cheng and Tsui.

His personal essays have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Hometowns (Dutton), Sister and Brother (Harper San Francisco), Wrestling with the Angel (Riverside), Inside Out (Purdue), The Man I Might Become (Marlowe), Boys Like Us (Avon), and Wonderlands (Wisconsin), and Big Trips (Wisconsin).

A book of interviews, Something Inside: Conversation with Gay Fiction Writers (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), was named one of the “Best Books of 1999” by Pride magazine.   His most recent book is Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), which has just been nominated for an American Library Association award.

The author has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston College, and in the freshman expository writing program at Harvard.  For twenty-seven years, he was on the faculty at The Park School in Brookline.  Currently, he teaches English at Boston University Academy.  He has twice been awarded Distinguished Teaching Citations by Harvard.

Best Selling Author Sue Miller Book Reading

Please come to hear nationally acclaimed author and South End resident Sue Miller read from her most recent novel, The Lake Shore Limited.

Date: Thursday Sept 30th

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: At the South End Library of course!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library.

More about Sue Miller

Since her iconic first novel, The Good Mother in 1986, Sue Miller has distinguished herself as one of our most elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life, with a singular gift for laying bare the interior lives of her characters.

Two of Miller’s books (The Good Mother and Inventing the Abbots) have been made into feature films; her 1990 novel Family Pictures was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; Oprah Winfrey selected While I Was Gone for her popular Book Club; and in 2004, a first foray into nonfiction — the poignant, intensely personal memoir The Story of My Father — was widely praised for its narrative eloquence and character dramatization.

Please come join at at the Library Thursday to find out more about her latest novel, The Lake Shore Limited!

Author Sue Miller Will Read at the South End Library on Thursday, September 30

Author Sue Miller, whose recent novel,  “The Lake Shore Limited” was published to rave reviews, has agreed to read from her work at the South End Library on Thursday, September 30. Miller described the book as a “love song” to the South End, where she has been a resident for many years. Numerous scenes finely detail the moods of streets, restaurants and theatres in the neighborhood, much like a previous novel, “While I Was Gone,” did for neighboring Cambridge.

Details about the exact time of the reading will be announced as the date approaches. The reading is sponsored by The Friends of the South End Library.

Boston Baby Bash! books, bounces and ben!


Local author Kim Foley MacKinnon recently published her new book, “Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents” through the South End’s Union Park Press. The event is a day to celebrate the publication as well as recognize Community Music Center of Boston’s early childhood program “little notes” which is referenced in the book. The event will include:

* Author book signing “Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents”
* little notes music and movement stations and interactive music performance
* FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream provided by B&J Newbury Street

Local Author Jennifer Steil Reads from her New Book

Jennifer Steil, daughter of south end library book group member Cynthia Steil will read from her new book THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. This book describes her experiences as a managing editor of an English language newspaper in Sanaa, Yemen. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Monday May 24 at 6:30 p.m.