Callie Crossley, the thoughtful, independent-minded and incisive commentator for WGBH radio and TV, will be at the South End library on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 PM, as the first speaker of the fifth season of FOSEL’s 2016-17 speaker series, the South End Writes. Two weeks later, on Tuesday, September 27, also at 6:30 PM, the prolific suspense writer and multiple thriller-book-award winner Joseph Finder (Paranoia, Company Man, Killer Instinct, High Crimes) will talk about his 2016 New York Times bestseller, Guilty Minds. In between, on Saturday, September 17 at noon, a last-minute booking by the South End library staff, will bring the founding publisher of Portland Magazine, novelist and playwright Colin Sargent (a relation of the Impressionist painter John Singer Sargent) with his second historical novel, Boston Castrato. The award-winning Callie Crossley is the weekly host of the Sunday night WGBH radio program, Under the Radar, and part of the TV station’s Beat the Press team that every Friday night puts the media’s performance under its microscope and tells us what is wrong and right with it and, more importantly, why. A graduate of Wellesley College, the Memphis, Tennessee-born Cambridge resident is a frequent public speaker about issues related to gender and race as they intersect with the political scene and the Fourth Estate. She has named her September 13 talk at the South End library A Political Gabfest, during which she will field any and all of your questions after her brief analysis of the current scene.
This summer, in Crossley’s most recent achievement among many, she was awarded first place from the Public Radio News Directors Conference for her story, Tomorrow is not Promised: Life After Hurricane Katrina, which marked the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In 2013 she received the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award. In 1988, Crossley was a producer for Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, for which she won an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy and the Alfred Dupont Columbia Award. In addition, she received the AP, Edward R. Murrow and Clarion awards. Crossley earned a Niemann Fellowship and a fellowship from the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, among many other honors.
The South End Writes brings speakers to the South End library with the support of the library staff, our masterful graphic designer, Mary Owens, and financial contributions by you, library supporters. All the events are free. Books by the speakers will be available for borrowing, sale and signing by the author. The branch is fully handicapped accessible. We serve refreshments. Seating is limited so come early if you really want the best experience.