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September 2020

Concord Museum’s Lincoln on the Verge

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

Join Ted Widmer as he discusses his new book Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington which evokes the train journey of the President-elect from Springfield to Washington as Abraham Lincoln discovered his power, improvised brilliantly, and saw his country up close as never before. Edward (Ted) Ladd Widmer is a historian, writer, librarian, and musician who served as a speechwriter and Senior Advisory on Special Projects in the Clinton White House. He is developing a new Humanities Lab at Macaulay. His latest book is Lincoln…

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October 2020

Concord Museum’s Memory Lands

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

Williams College historian Christine DeLucia will discuss her book, Memory Lands, in which she reconsiders the markers, monuments, and “memoryscapes” that memorialize King Philip’s War alongside the processes that alternatively repress and recover Indigenous histories of survival and adaptation. The Concord Museum’s new permanent exhibition, The People of Musketaquid, will serve as a case study on how museums present this complicated history to public. Christine DeLucia is Assistant Professor of History at Williams College. She focuses on Native American/ Indigenous and early American topics. Her research,…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Miller Award 2020 Presents Dr. Jill Lepore

October 16 @ 7:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present the Live Online Presentation of the 2020 Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History to Dr. Jill Lepore. The Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for excellence in American History was established in 1998 and is sponsored by her four children to honor the life of their mother, Ruth Ratner Miller. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also…

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Concord Museum’s Applying History to Present Challenges

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

As battles continue to rage over Confederate War monuments and with the future of American cities so uncertain, historical experience can help inform understanding and action. Join Harvard Professor and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lizabeth Cohen in a conversation on how a well-informed historical perspective can equip us to revisit public memorials, monuments, and exhibits; to address mounting racial tensions; and to develop effective public policy. Professor Cohen will also discuss her newest book, Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Keynote Speaker Jennifer Haigh, Why Stories Still Matter

October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

In a time of national crisis – political, medical, financial, environmental and moral – storytelling is more important than ever. Novelist Jennifer Haigh talks about what literature has to teach us, and why it is urgently necessary in these troubled times. Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her sixth book, the novel Heat and Light, won a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Breakfast with the Authors

October 24 @ 9:00 am
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Breakfast with the Authors, moderated by Dr. Suzanne Koven. The CFA 2020 Breakfast with the Authors online features celebrated literary authors Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me), Caroline Leavitt (With or Without You), and Marjan Kamali (The Stationery Shop). Grab your favorite breakfast treats and join the conversation! Suzanne Koven, received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She also holds…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Young Adult Writers

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Young Adult Writers Susan Kaplan Carlton, Jennifer De Leon, and Marcella Pixley! Susan Kaplan Carlton teaches writing at Boston University. Her latest novel, In the Neighborhood of True, has been named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and scored 10/10 in YOYA. Carlton’s writing has appeared in Self, Elle, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Parents, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She is also the author…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Children’s Authors Rajani LaRocca and Susan Tan

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Children’s Authors Rajani LaRocca and Susan Tan. Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the U.S. as a baby. She spent most of her childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of middle grade novels and picture books that reflect her experiences as an immigrant, book nerd, and foodie; some explain medical topics to kids. Rajani attended Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and trained in Internal…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Language for a New Century

October 25 @ 3:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. Join panelists Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, three award-winning poets and editors as they discuss their seminal W.W. Norton anthology of Asian and Middle Eastern poetry as well as their own recent work. Language for a New Century collects together over 450 contemporary poets writing in 40 different languages, some being translated into English for…

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Concord Festival of Authors: Chunky Monkey Writing Group

October 29 @ 7:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

Join the CFA 2020 for an online conversation with Boston’s most successful, entertaining writing group, the Chunky Monkeys! What Makes a Good Writing Group? The Chunky Monkeys Share Tips. So you want to start a writing group, or perhaps improve how your existing group is working. What are some excellent tips and tricks? Join authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Celeste Ng, Christopher Castellani, Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Whitney Scharer, Calvin Hennick, Grace Talusan, Chip Cheek, Becky Tuch, and Sonya Larson as…

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