The South End Writes 2013/2014 Season of Author Readings Starts its Third Year Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 PM at the South End branch of the BPL

Poet Danielle Legros Georges

The third year of the South End Writes series begins Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 PM with a reading of recent work by Haitian-American poet Danielle Legros Georges, whose collection of poems, Maroon, will be available for borrowing and sale.  The poet will be introduced by novelist Sue Miller.

The readings are sponsored by FOSEL and funded by contributions of generous donors, meaning YOU. Thank you. We also thank the staff of the South End Library for their support, and Sue Miller who, with FOSEL board members and interested library supporters, helps bring outstanding local authors to your neighborhood library. Some are established stars on the literary firmament; others are just starting out with impressive new work. Many live in the South End, others used to once upon a time, or plan to in the future. All are deeply appreciated for their dedication to bringing us important news from the planets of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

The events are free. The season includes the following bookings to which others may be added as dates become available:


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 Airand 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 due to a conflict; we hope to book him  in the spring of 2014:  his new book will come out around that time. 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.

Tuesday, November 19: 
Sara DiVello,   South End yoga teacher and author of the memoir Where in the OM Am I?  which details her switching careers from the cut-throat corporate world to the cut-throat yoga world, as she came to see it. She promises to give a 15-minute yoga class –no experience necessary; you can stay seated– and even to bring home-made cookies…
Tuesday, December 3:

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 Testwhich 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 Intangibble Things.


Tuesday, July 1:

William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.