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Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1913

The Associates of the Boston Public Library

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EST)

Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1913

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Following a brief Annual Meeting, the Associates of the Boston Public Library will conduct a Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition, weighing the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1913. Contenders for the prize are Sigmund Freud's Totem and Taboo, which will be defended by Harvard professor Maria Tatar; Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography, which will be presented by TR’s great-grandson Tweed Roosevelt; and Scott's Last Expedition (edited by Leonard Huxley) which will be championed by mountaineer and author David Roberts. Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon will moderate the irreverent debate, after which the audience will voted to determine the winner of the Book Award of 1913. A reception with the panelists will follow.

Speaking for the candidates:

Maria TatarMaria Tatar

A 2009 Literary Light; the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; and the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood





Tweed Roosevelt

Tweed Roosevelt

Chairman of Roosevelt China Investments; the great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt; and the President of the Board of Trustees of the Theodore Roosevelt Association




David Roberts

David Roberts 

Climber; mountaineer; former president of the Harvard Mountaineering Club; and the author of 25 nonfiction books, including The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative


Moderating the debate:

Chris Lydon

 Christopher Lydon

The host of Radio Open Source - "an American conversation with global attitude, on the arts, humanities, and global affairs" - in partnership with the Watson Institute University

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Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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The Associates of the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, works of art, and items of significant historic interest. The organization is committed to ensuring continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, digitization, and exhibition.

Over the past 42 years, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Library's vast free educational resources. These programs include art and architecture tours, readings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions, music events, and an annual residency for an emerging children's writer. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Fund, a fund dedicated to conserving photographs, prints and drawings of historic importance.


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