A year ago, South End News columnist and author Alison Barnet talked at the library about her newly published South End Character, Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change, a collection of essays reminding readers of the way things used to be here before gentrification. Since then, Barnet has produced a crime
novel set in the grittier South End of 1970s, Sitting Ducks, the title referring to elderly women living alone, targets for assault. Readers will easily recognize many local icons of Barnet's deliciously detailed non-fiction writings in the parade of characters and places of this fictional tale, including Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, now featured as Nick's Sandwich Shoppe. Barnet was one of the founding editors of the South End News in the 1980s. She is the author of Extravaganza King: Robert Barnet and Boston Musical Theater, a biography of her great-grandfather, a playwright who lived in the South End in the 1800s.
The event starts at 6:30 PM. The South End library is fully handicapped accessible. refreshments will be served. Copies of Sitting Ducks will be available for sale by the author and for borrowing from the library.
Next author visiting the South End Library: Jamaica Kincaid on Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM, to talk about her latest novel, See Now Then.