Last season, poet April Bernard, author of a fictionalized history of the 19th century feminist and journalist Margaret Fuller, alerted the South End Writes audience ato a great new biography of Fuller that would come out shortly by Megan Marshall. It is out. It's widely praised. And Marshall will be at the South End Library Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 PM to talk about Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. This is Marshall's second biography. Her first, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir.
Fuller died tragically in 1850 when she drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Long Island with her two-year-old son and her Italian husband. A manuscript she had completed was forever lost but a journal, her last known, was recovered after the storm amid the contents of a trunk. In her introduction to the biography, Marshall describes holding the journal, an ordinary composition book from which 'the green pasteboard cover had pulled away from its backing; the pages were warped at the edges in even ripples:' "Its contents were all that remained to hint at what she might have written in her famous lost manuscript on the rise and fall of the 1849 Roman Republic, the revolution she had barely survived."
According to Marshall's web site, the author has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing. An elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, she also serves on the boards of the Society of American History, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the Copyright Clearance Center. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, midway between Boston and Concord, locations that figure prominently in her subjects’ lives.
The event is sponsored by FOSEL and, thanks to your contributions, free. We offer refreshments. The author’s books will be available for purchase and borrowing. The library is fully handicapped accessible thanks to FOSEL’s fundraising. The library is located on Tremont Street between West Newton Street and Rutland Square. Seating is limited so come early.
COMING UP NEXT IN THE SOUTH END WRITES SERIES ARE:
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.