Haitian-American poet Danielle Legros Georges will be the first guest of the 2013/2014 South End Writes season when she reads from her recent work on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 PM at the South End Library. Known for dynamic readings, the poet's work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio, The Bill Moyers Journal (PBS) and The Voice of America programs. Legros Georges's awards for writing include MacDowell Colony and LEF fellowships, and the PEN New England Discovery Award. She is a visiting faculty member of the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts Boston, and leads the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts Poetry Workshop. Also an essayist and translator, Legros Georges is the author of a book of poems, Maroon.
The author will be introduced by her colleague, South End resident and novelist Sue Miller.
The South End Writes series is sponsored by the Friends of the South End library (FOSEL), which raises funds to benefit the South End branch of the BPL's programs and the well-being of its adjacent Library Park. The upcoming season is still in the final throes of bookings but the mostly settled list of outstanding writers and poets includes the names below. Always check our web site for last-minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
The library is located at 685 Tremont Street between West Newton Street and Rutland Square. All readings start at 6:30 PM. Refreshments are served. Books are available for borrowing and sale. The South End branch is fully handicapped accessible thanks, in part, to funds raised by FOSEL.
Coming up after Danielle Legros Georges are:
Tuesday, October 1:
Jay Wexler, a constitutional law professor and divinity school graduate whose books include Holy Hullabaloos, in which the author takes a road trip to the battlegrounds of the church/state wars. Most recently, Wexler, who teaches law at BU, wrote The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and other stories, from which he will read at this event, as well as from new work in progress. Wexler studied religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School and law at Stanford. He was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and has published academic articles and reviews, as well as numerous short stories and humor pieces in The Boston Globe, Mental Floss, Spy and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
Note: George Cuddy, who wrote the e-book, Where Hash Rules, about the South End's Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue, had to cancel his talk due to illness. He promised to reschedule for another time.
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. Note: author Joe Finder (Paranoia, Company Men, Killer Instinct and Power Play), previously set to read at SEW for this date, had to reschedule, and will come instead in the spring of 2014 around the time when his new book will come out. Date to be finalized.
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 include New 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 Club selection. 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 Intangibble Things.
Tuesday, July 1:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.