Author Lynne Potts writes in A Block in Time: a History of Boston's South End from a Window on Holyoke Street that, when standing in the middle of Holyoke Street looking at the block's thirty row houses with their "varying bows, stoops (front steps), and the window shapes," she can tell that the street bore the marks of eight different developers. And once you've read the book, you can do that, too. The well-researched and illustrated neighborhood memoir explains the rise, fall and restoration of a physical landscape familiar to many South End residents, and will be the subject of her talk Tuesday, January 29, at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday, February 5 the South End Writes will host April Bernard, poet, teacher (at Skidmore College) and most recently the author of historical novel, Miss Fuller." Set in the middle of the 19th century, the novel imagines the life of Margaret Fuller–feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America.” When Fuller, her Italian husband and young son drown on their way home in a ship wreck off Long Island, her friends back home, Emerson and others of the Transcendentalist Concord circle, send Henry David Thoreau to the wreck in hopes of recovering her last book manuscript.
The writer will be introduced by author Doug Bauer, who invited her to talk at the South End Library. The event starts at 6:30 PM. Books will be available for sale and borrowing.
Future readings in The South End Writes program include:
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m.
The acclaimed poet (Romanticism) and novelist, most recently of historical fiction (Miss Fuller), is currently the director of creative writing at Skidmore College. She will be introduced by South End resident and nationally known author Doug Bauer, whose own new collection of essays, “What Happens Next?” will come out this fall.
Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Andre Dubus III
The examination of the author’s violent past has been described ”best book” of non-fiction of 2011 and 2012 by many literary-gate guardians, and was preceded by his previous novels House of Sand and Fog (made into a movie by the same name) and The Garden of Last Days. Sue Miller will introduce the author.
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
will read from her second novel, The K Street Affair.
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Editor, writer of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, and revered professor of English at Bennington College (to where he commutes from the South End), Bauer will read from his most recent collection of essays, What Happens Next?, to be published in the fall of 2013 by the University of Iowa Press. His previous work includes several novels, including Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans; and two non-fiction books, Prairie City, Iowa and The Stuff of Fiction. He has edited anthologies, such as Prime Times: Writers on their favorite television shows; and Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals.
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Dennis Lehane, the spectacularly successful author who grew up in Dorchester and is ALSO a BPL trustee, published his latest novel, Live by Night, in 2012. Set in Boston in the 1920s, the New York Times’ reviewer called the book a “sentence-by-sentence pleasure.”
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
The Dovekeepers, a historical novel describing the AD70 massacre at Masada from the point of view of four women at the fortress before it fell during the Jewish-Roman war, is the most recent of the nearly two dozen novels by Hoffman and just came out in paperback. To be introduced by Sue Miller.
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
the local filmmaker whose mesmerizing documentary, Angelo Unwritten, has followed the life of a teenager adopted out of foster care when he was twelve, will return with an update of new material gathered since December 2011.
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
will return to read from his current work-in-progress, retracing the steps of his father who, as a soldier, was sent to Europe during the Second World War.
The five favorite books recommended by the authors mentioned above, and previous speakers, can be found under THE SOUTH END READS.