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 1914. Contenders for the prize are James Joyce’s Dubliners, John Reed’s Insurgent Mexico, and Elinore Pruitt Stewart’s Letters of a Woman Homesteader. The books will be defended by Anna Mundow, H.D.S. Greenway, and Erica Funkhouser. Christopher Lydon will moderate the irreverent debate, after which the audience will vote to determine the winner of the Book Award of 1914. A reception with the panelists will follow.
Speaking for the Candidates:
Originally from Ireland, Mundow is a long time correspondent to The Irish Times, and book critic for The Boston Globe. She has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among other publications.
CGreenway is the author of Foreign Correspondent, a recently published memoir of his 50 years in the front lines of journalism as a correspondent for Time Life, the Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He also earned a Bronze Star from the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.n.
Funkhouser is the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent title, Earthly. She teaches the Introductory and Advanced Poetry Writing Workshops at MIT, is a former Literary Light, and the recipient of the 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Please join us for this lighthearted event on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6 PM in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis on the night of the event; but for planning purposes, please RSVP for this free event.
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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 43 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 Art Preservation Fund.
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