South End Author Mari Passananti Returns to the South End Library to Read from her New Suspense Thriller, "The K Street Affair," Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 PM

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Mari Passananti once took her father's advice and went to law school instead of journalism school. She practiced law for a while, became a legal headhunter, but finally quit to write. Her first novel, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, was published in 2011; her second, The K Street Affair, just came out this year. Her background as an attorney and legal headhunter came in handy for this suspense thriller, since it plays out in our nation's capital and involves the FBI, Saudi and Russian oil interests and a roster of high-profile legal clients. She will read from her latest on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 PM at the South End branch.

Passananti is currently working on her third novel. Her books will be for sale and for borrowing at the South End Library. The event is free.

The next scheduled authors in The South End Writes series are:


Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.

Doug Bauer

Editor, writer of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, and revered professor of Literature at Bennington College (to where he commutes from the South End), Bauer will read from his most recent collection of essays, What Happens Next?: Matters of Life and Death. It willbe published in the fall of 2013  by the University of Iowa Press. His previous work includes three novels --Dexterity, followed by The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans, both New York Times Notable Booksand 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. He has received grants in fiction and creative non-fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Barbara Shapiro

wrote The Art Forger  as a fictionalized suspense thriller based on the heartbreaking heist of 13 irreplacable paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The author of five other suspense novels, and the non-fiction The Big Squeeze, the South End resident  teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.


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.” Previous novels include, among others, Gone Baby Gone,Shutter Islandand Mystic River, all made into fabulous movies.


Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.

Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepersa 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.

Alice Stone,

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.

Philip Gambone

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.