Boston Public Library author talks feature a wide range of talented writers. Hear authors read from their books, purchase a copy, get it signed, and learn about the creative process that gets such magnificent stories told. To look for even more author talks taking place Boston Public Library locations, please use our calendar of events.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Joel Kovarsky, author of The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision
Thomas Jefferson lived at a time when geography was considered the "mother of all sciences." Although he published only a single printed map, Jefferson's interest in and use of geographic and cartographic materials spanned his many careers—attorney, farmer, surveyor, and politician—and continued in his twilight years at Monticello. He understood maps not only as valuable for planning but as essential for future land claims and development, exploration and navigation, and continental commercial enterprise. Joel Kovarsky has taught courses on the history of cartography for the University of Virginia's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is the owner of The Prime Meridian: Antique Maps & Books. Presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
In Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, artist Sharon Louden gathers the moving, personal stories of forty fellow artists who are trying to sustain a creative practice in a society where it is not always easy. From frank accounts of struggles to the unexpected challenges of commercial success, Louden shows the reality of how artists juggle their creative lives with the everyday business of making a living.
Sharon Louden received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art in New York City.
700 Boylston StreetAuthor Talk with Louisa Lim, author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited
On June 4, 1989, the People's Liberation Army opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, China, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter century later, this defining event remains buried in China's modern history. In The People's Republic of Amnesia, Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4 changed China and how China changed the events of June 4 by rewriting its history. Louisa Lim has reported from China for the past decade, most recently as NPR's Beijing correspondent, and has been honored in the Human Rights Press Awards. She graduated from Leeds University in England with a degree in Modern Chinese Studies. She began her journalistic career in Hong Kong and was later appointed as the BBC's Beijing correspondent. She is currently a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.