The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM
Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM

 

Yes, it's that time of the year again: four fantastic, themed Jazz and Blues concerts featuring local musicians will be playing with Pat Loomis and his Friends in Library Park, starting Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM. The theme of the first one is Return to Forever: A Salute to the Music of Chick Corea. Playing the first concert will be Pat Loomis, saxophone; Steve Hunt, keyboards; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Daniel Day, bass; and Zeke Martin, drums


Here's the line-up for the next three concerts:

July 18:  Return To Forever: A Salute To The Music Of Chick Corea

August 1:  In The Tradition: An Evening Of Jazz Standards

August 15:  Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the great Aidan Shiell-Loomis

August 29: The Quiet Storm: An Evening Of Smooth, Seductive Grooves

We serve fresh watermelon. There will be some seating but please feel free to bring your own chairs. Restrooms are available inside the library.

The Jazz and Blues concert series was originally sponsored by a generous grant from the  Ann H. Symington Foundation, but is currently funded by the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) and the South End branch of the Boston Public Library. All concerts are free and welcome all. The South End library is fully handicapped-accessible. .

Kathy Nichols presents her new thriller, " Deep Water," based on true events, Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Kathy Nichols presents her new thriller, " Deep Water," based on true events, Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM

Katherine Nichols, a former high school teacher, calls her new book, Deep Water, both a narrative non-fiction novel and a coming-of-age story. But even though it is published by Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division and marketed to teenagers, it's a really good read for adults and a fun dive into a part of 1970s-1980s history that some Coronado, CA, residents would like to not remember. If you liked Breaking Bad, you may love this story because in Deep Water, published in early May, a high school teacher in Coronado, California, becomes part of a global marijuana smuggling  operation that has ensnared a number of his former students, one of them initially swimming with packages of drugs to and fro between Mexico and California in the depth of night, before the business expands exponentially and requires major boating and hauling equipment.

Deep Water is based on a true story wherein, by the time it's over and the FBI, DEA and Mexican and Asian drug lords all have played their parts, the $100 million marijuana and hashish enterprise operates on both the east and west coasts of the United States. Told in large part from the point of view of Eddie Otero, a champion swimmer who knows the tides and currents of the ocean like the back of his hand, the book provides a very good insight into the immature but energetic minds of young adults and the hair-raising decisions they make. Easily swayed by the lure of big money and all it can bring, confused and uncertain about the legal but boring roles they can or want to play in the world of their parents and teachers, and driven by the overriding principle of wanting to have fun with your buddies, Eddie and his pals stumble into the treacherous world of drug lords and international crime syndicates. The question arises, "where were the parents" when Eddie buys a house at age 20, drives a Porsche, and pulls out wads of money to pay for dinners and wines in expensive restaurants without having an obvious legitimate source of money that can be determined? 

But that's perhaps asking too much. Nichols, a Boston resident who grew up in Coronado where her father had been a city council member and a state court judge, is a longtime  journalist, a very good swimmer, and  currently living in Boston while studying for a MBA at Yale University. 

Stephanie Schorow's Talk Canceled Due to a Death in the Family
Jun
13
6:30 pm18:30

Stephanie Schorow's Talk Canceled Due to a Death in the Family

Stephanie Schorow, booked to discuss her exciting investigations of Boston history on Tuesday, June 13, had to cancel her talk due to the death of a close family member. FOSEL extends sincere condolences. We hope to reschedule her sometime next year. The long-time journalist and journalism teacher has written  a number of popular books about Boston’s amazing history, including The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston and The Cocoanut Grove Fire

Mel King
May
23
6:30 pm18:30

Mel King

The iconic Mel King, former state legislator, school board member, community organizer, writer, poet, and the holder of perhaps the largest memory bank of South End’s turbulent history. Raised in the New York streets part of the South End by immigrant parents from Guyana and Barbados in the 1930s. Former adjunct professor in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and author of Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development and collections of poetry, and founder of the South End’s Technology Center at Tent City. Tuesday, May 23

Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
Apr
18
6:30 pm18:30

Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

The acclaimed sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, another MacArthur Genius Fellow gracing the South End library, who will be the first African American to hold an endowed chair in her name at Harvard University upon her retirement (with her recent Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers).

Gish Jen: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap
Mar
28
8:30 pm20:30

Gish Jen: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap

Gish Jen, the acclaimed novelist, will talk about her new book of non-fiction, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap.It looks at the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about self and society and how this “shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba.”

Stephen Kinzer,  "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire"
Mar
14
6:30 pm18:30

Stephen Kinzer, "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire"

Acclaimed Foreign-policy Journalist, Stephen Kinzer, Will Discuss His Widely Reviewed Book, "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire" on Tuesday, March 14, With an Introduction by WBUR's OpenSource Radio Host, Christopher Lydon.

Award-winning foreign-policy journalist and former New York Times bureau chief in multiple locations, Stephen Kinzer, will talk about his new book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire,on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM. In his latest examination of the US role abroad, he reframes a perennial question raging again today: Should the US be an imperialist nation or take care of its own problems first? The author of numerous books about the unintended consequences of American military intervention, Kinzer, a senior fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute of Brown University, will be introduced by his admirer and friend, WBUR's OpenSource radio host,  Christopher Lydon. Lydon interviewed him on the subject on February 7.

Kinzer, a longtime South End resident, has been hosted by the South End Writes series twice before, in 2014 to discuss his acclaimed book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War and, last year, to talk about his weeks-long trip through Iran, just before the controversial US-Iranian international nuclear agreement was approved. Kinzer's 1/22 world affairs column in the Boston Globe will give you a fine introduction to his upcoming talk, as will his January 24 interview with Terry Gross and the February 23 article about True Flag in the New York Review of Books. 

The South End Writes is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library. All the events are free. Books by the speakers will be available for borrowing, sale and signing by the author. The branch is fully handicapped accessible. We serve refreshments. Seating is limited. Below are listed upcoming authors, whose bios will be more detailed as the date of their talk approaches.