The fall season of author programming will start on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT 6:30 PM, with the nationally known but locally residing author Sue Miller, reading from her widely reviewed latest novel, The Arsonist. The Boston Globe's called it "a cracking good romance" that "will keep you reading." The New York Times noted it was "full of Miller's signature intelligence about people caught between moral responsibility and a hunger for self-realization." The Washington Post mentioned the "continuing miracle of Miller's compelling storytelling." And that's just the beginning. Miller is the author of eleven novels, two of which (The Good Mother and Inventing the Abbotts) were made into movies. Her 1999 book, While I was Gone, was an Oprah Book Pick. The author read at the South End library for the first time three years ago from her 2010 novel, The Lake Shore Limited. Since that time, she invited many of her illustrious colleagues to talk about their work at the South End branch as well, enriching the library and the neighborhood.
On SEPTEMBER 23 AT 6:30 PM, longtime South End resident Jean Gibran will read at the library from her memoir, Love Made Visible: Scenes from a Mostly Happy Marriage, in which she describes her fifty years of marriage to the internationally acclaimed sculptor, Kahlil Gibran. His sculpture, West Canton Street Girl, graces the central garden bed in Hayes Park at Warren Avenue and West Canton Street. This is the second book Gibran has written: the first one, the 1998 Kahlil Gibran: His Life and Work, co-authored with her husband, is a biography of his cousin and namesake, Gibran Kahlil Gibran, who wrote the 1923 book of prose poetry essays, The Prophet. Since its publication, nine decades ago, it was translated into more than forty languages and has never been out of print.
The popular Johnny Diaz is returning to the South End library on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, to talk about his latest book of fiction, Looking for Providence, the fifth in his Boston Boys Club series. Three years ago, Diaz reading from his 2011 novel, Take the Lead, brought an enthusiastic crowd to the branch. The Cuban-American former media writer for the Boston Globe’s Business Section is currently working as a journalist for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. In his writing, Diaz weaves issues facing the Latino gay community into the urban settings he is familiar with, such as Boston, or Miami where he worked for the Miami Herald before moving north. When at the Miami Herald, he was on the staff that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Diaz's previous novels include Boston Boys Club (2007), Miami Manhunt (2008) and Beantown Cubans (2009). He taught Journalism at Emerson College when he lived here. In Looking for Providence, reporter Ronnie Reyes loses his job and his boyfriend, but bounces back with a new position and a new relationship in..yes..you guessed it, the fair city of Providence. All author readings at the South End library are free and start at 6:30 PM. Seating is limited so come early if you don't want to have to shout questions from the stairwell at the back of the room. Books will be available for borrowing and sale and the authors always graciously sign their books. Refreshments will be served. The branch is fully handicapped accessible.