The 2014-15 SOUTH END LIBRAR AUTHOR SERIES, which got underway in September with readings by Jean Gibran (Love Made Visible) and Johnny Diaz (Looking for Providence) has lined up a fabulous group of visiting writers through June 2015. As in past years, their subjects range far and wide, from the local to the global, with stops at unexpected topics in between. Below is a listing for authors who have been booked so far. There certainly will be additional readings on a range of subjects, so keep checking with Anne Smart (617 536-8241) or the South End branch's web site. All readings start at 6:30 PM. Seating is limited, so come early if it happens to be your favorite author's turn. NOTE: talks about South End subjects are usually very popular, even in snow storms. The South End branch is fully handicapped accessible.
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 PM
SCOTT HEIM, winner of the 2009 Lambda literary award for fiction, is the author most recently of the psychological thriller, We Disappear. Kansas-born, Heim also wrote the 1996 novel, Mysterious Skin, which was made into a movie in 2004, directed by American filmmaker Gregg Araki. It tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and and the impact on their lives. (Heim's partner, Michael Lowenthal, author of The Paternity Test, read at the South End library last season.)
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM
Longtime South End resident ANN MARIE TURO will discuss Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness, which she authored with Naomi Aronson. Whether you are undergoing therapy for breast cancer or recovering from it, the authors will talk about how they can help you get your strength back while fighting chemo brain, lymphedema, fatigue, depression, weight gain, peripheral neuropathy, osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment.
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM
Urbanist JAMES O'CONNELL presents his take on the migration of residents of Boston’s neighborhoods to surrounding suburbs during the twentieth century, as described in his recent book The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth. O’Connell holds a doctorate in American Urban and Cultural History from the University of Chicago, and has written extensively about planning and the history of new England. The event is co-sponsored by the South End Historical Society.
Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 PM
Historian James Vrabel will talk about his recent book, A People's History of the New Boston, based on hundreds of interviews with Bostonians who worked to make this city a better place for all. In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Vrabel acknowledged, "work remains to be done." By bringing back the middle class and the well off, Boston today has lost people in the working class and the lower-middle class, he says, adding those rungs have to be put "back in the ladder of opportunity." This reading is co-sponsored by the South End Historical Society.
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM
ALYSIA ABBOTT will read from her widely acclaimed Fairyland, a Memoir of my Father, in which she describes being raised by her bisexual activist father in San Francisco, after her mother's death when she was two. Seen through the lens of the gay liberation movement and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic as it played out in San Francisco, the memoir was named a New York Times Editor's Choice and Best Book of 2013 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Abbott will be teaching memoir classes at Boston's Grub Street Writing Center this fall.
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 PM
JACK BEATTY, who you may know as the erudite news analyst on numerous radio shows, will talk about his recent The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began. Beattie, who was senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly for many years, also also helped write (or, as some have suggested, wrote) former mayor Tom Menino's memoir, Mayor for a New America, due out on October 14. Other titles by Beattie, who won numerous awards and prestigious fellowships, are The Rascall King, The World According to Peter Drucker, The Age of Betrayal: the Triumph of Money in America, and Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 PM
South End resident JOE STEINFIELD will read from his memoir, Claremont Boy, based on a collection of essays he wrote for the local newspaper, The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough, New Hampshire. Steinfield, who according to one interviewer, seems to have a knack for meeting famous people, is a litigator who specializes in media law, and husband of renowned concert pianist, Virginia Eskin (a long-time South End library volunteer: she suggested getting the South End librarians' counter re-upholstered)). Steinfield grew up in a Jewish community in Claremont, NH, and tells us about the diverse characters he came to know, including influential school teachers; public figures like Julia Child; a Hebrew-speaking Muslim from the Northern Caucasus Republic of Adygeya; and a P.L.O. leader from Jericho, among many others.
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM
JAMAICA KINCAID is an award-winning Antiguan-American writer who, until not too long ago, was married to the son of the famous New Yorker editor, William Shawn, Allen, a composer of classical music. Kincaid's latest novel, See Now Then, centers on a nasty divorce after the husband finds a younger wife, one of the many details that appear to echo Kincaid's life. She is the acclaimed author of five novels, including The Autobiography of my Mother, and a moving memoir of her brother's struggles with AIDS and death, called My Brother. In addition, she has written or edited numerous other excellent books on, among other subjects, gardening.
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 PM
JENNIFER HAIGH , a winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and other prestigious literary prizes, is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, (The Condition and Baker Towers), as well as a short-story writer. Haigh is a coal miner's daughter who grew up in central Pennsylvania near Bakerton. Her most recent collection of short stories, News from Heaven, The Bakerton Stories, was called "an uplifting and radiant book" by Janet Maslin, the reviewer for the New York Times.
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 PM
JOHN J. ROSS, a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will read from his Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough, a book about the medical lives of authors through the ages. Ross explores the likely maladies of twelve literary, but medically expired stars, ranging from Shakespeare's syphilis, to Milton's blindness, Swift's vertigo, the Bronte sisters' tuberculosis, Hawthorne's anxiety disorder, Melville's probable bi-polar disorder, Yeats's Aspergers, Joyce's gonorrhea, and Orwell's damaged bronchial tubes. Their achievements do not surprise Ross as he believes " literary genius is more likely to arise from disappointment and chagrin than comfort and complacency."