Jay Wexler likes to poke fun at the vaulted legal world he inhabits as a law professor and engaged citizen, but fortunately he doesn't spare himself. The self-deprecating author of several non-fiction publications describing the well-spring, characters and constitutional drama of selected legal cases, Wexler blithely describes himself as growing up in Peabody, MA, while wearing bad clothes and featuring a butthead hairdo, liking girls but none of them liking him. Attending Harvard College made him sad and insecure, he adds. And his latest book, The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, is ingloriously sold from the trunk of his 1997 Honda Civic with a busted transmission and only three working doors, he confesses, a so-called "trunk book deal" he made on-line with the "teeny, tiny" legal publishing house (publishing cottage?), Quid Pro Books.
Nevertheless, Wexler can, and does, tout a more credentialed record, as well: attorney-advisor at the US Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Counsel; clerking for Judge David Tatel on the DC Circuit Court and Justice Ruth Ginsberg at the US Supreme Court; a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago's Divinity School; a law degree from Stanford Law School; numerous academic legal publications, as well as well-received popular books with tongue-in-cheek histories about legal matters. They include Holy Hullabaloos, based on a trip to battlegrounds of church/state conflicts; and The Odd Clauses, which Wexler explains as follows: "...if the Constitution were a zoo, and the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments were a lion, a giraffe, and a panda bear, respectively, then this book is about the Constitution’s shrews, wombats, and bat-eared foxes." Fasten your seat belt, please.
Books by Jay Wexler will be available for purchase and borrowing. The South End Writes is sponsored by FOSEL and free to all. Our next scheduled author is Doug Bauer, who will come Tuesday, October 22nd, to read from his most recent (and perhaps most wonderful) book of essays: What Happens Next?: Matters of Life and Death. All events start of 6:30 PM, upstairs at the South End Library.
THE FULL LIST OF SOUTH END WRITES AUTHORS IS LISTED BELOW:
Tuesday, October 22:
Doug Bauer, who will read from his new collection of essays, What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death, already receiving rave reviews. He is he author of several books, including Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home, The Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft, and three novels, Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans. His edited works include Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals and Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite Television Shows.
Wednesday, November 13:
Megan Marshall, author of the award-winning The Peabody Sisters, will read from her most recent biography, the widely praised Margaret Fuller: a New American Life. Those of you who attended the dynamic SEWrites reading by April Bernard (Miss Fuller) in February may recall Bernard’s admiring comments about the upcoming Fuller biography by Marshall.
J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author and former New York Times writer whose novels includeNew York Times bestsellers Commencement and Maine – winner of the Best Book of the Year by Time magazine– and, most recently, The Engagegements.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014:
South Ender Christopher Castellani, whose recent novel, All This Talk of Love, got a great review in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year. Previous work includes A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, and The Saint of Lost Things, a BookkSense Notable Award. Castellani is the artistic director of Boston’s creative-writing center Grub Street.
Tuesday, February 25:
Michael Lowenthal, novelist, short-story writer, editor and teacher of creative writing,will read from his most recent The Paternity Test, which describes the voyage of a gay couple trying to save a marriage by having a baby. His previous work includes Charity Girl and The Same Embrace. During Lowenthal’s valedictorian speech at Dartmouth College in 1990, he revealed he was gay, prompting The Dartmouth Review to editorialize that he had ‘ruined the ceremony.’ The New York Times reported he received a standing ovation, however, so all was not lost.
Tuesday, March 18:
Max Grinnel, otherwise known as The Urbanologist. Grinnell’s focal point is the urban condition. He teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Boston University, where he helps students learn about urbanism, architecture, planning, and related topics.
Tuesday, April 8:
Poet Colin D. Halloran, who served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2006. A former public school teacher, Colin works with students and teachers to find ways in which poetry can inform the media’s and historians’ portrayals of war. His debut collection of poems, Shortly Thereafter, won the 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award.
Tuesday, April 29:
Anita Shreve, award-winning author of numerous books of fiction, including the international bestseller The Pilot’s Wife. which was made into a movie of the same name and was an Oprah Book Clubselection. Her new novel, Stella Bain, will come out in November 2013.
Tuesday, May 20:
South End author Wendy Wunder (The Probability of Miracles) will return to talk about her latest novel, due out in April 2014, called The Museum of Intangible Things.
Tuesday, July 1:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.