Louise Miller, Pastry Chef and Author, Will Present Her Debut Novel, "The City's Baker's Guide to Country Living," at the South End Library on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM

Poster design by Mary Owens The South End Writes fall speaker season continues  with pastry chef and debut novelist Louise Miller who will talk about her work of fiction, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living on Tuesday, October 25. Miller received a scholarship in 2012 to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a year-long workshop. Her novel, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, was picked up quickly for publication by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking this past summer. The story begins when its main character, a thirty-something pastry chef carrying a flambé dessert, accidentally sets fire to the swank private club in Boston where she works. She flees north to Vermont where she becomes enmeshed in a small town’s intrigues.

Miller grew up in the Boston area and attended Portland School of Art where she studied photography. She started her first baking job in 1994, at a little bakery in Cambridge, MA, where her baking mentor talked her into staying on by offering to teach her the art of pastry.  For the last twenty years Miller has been a baker/pastry chef, currently at The Union Club of Boston.

The South End Writes is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library. 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.


Gordon Hamersley

In the spirit of the season's culinary edge, Louise Miller will be followed by winner of the 1995 James Beard "Best Chef Northeast" Award, former restaurateur and current Boston Globe contributor to its Wednesday Food section, Gordon Hamersley, on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM.

Dina Vargo

The last author of the season, Dina Vargo, a tour guide of the Boston By Foot  non-profit tour company, will be at the library on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 PM, and tell us about the many unorthodox female characters whose stories she has unearthed from Boston's history, as described in her tome, Wild Women of Boston.


The 2017-18 South End Writes series begins on Tuesday, January 10, when the Pulitzer-prize and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author and MIT professor, Junot Diaz, will be at the South End library. Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, among many other honors, Diaz is known for his fiery, exuberant prose and empathetic descriptions of his characters (in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her) that are rooted in his early childhood in, and memories of, the Dominican Republic, where he was born. He will be introduced by his friend and colleague, author and poet Pablo Medina, who read at the South End library in May 2014 from his novel,  CuBop City Blues.

Booked after that are:

Suspense writer WendyWalker (with the widely praised All Is Not Forgotten) on Tuesday, February 7; the outstanding foreign-policy journalist Stephen Kinzer (with his new book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire) March 14; the celebrated author of Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Independent Self, Gish Jen (her latest coming out in February is The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap), March 28; New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Saved Us, Jenna Blum (a collection of tales taking place on one day in Grand Central Station, called Grand Central Station: Blum's is called The Lucky One), April 4; and the acclaimed sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot , another MacArthur Fellow, (with her recent Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers) April 18.