The Associates of the Boston Public Library cordially invites you to our Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition to weigh the enduring literary merits of three bestsellers published in 1916. Contenders for the prize are Robert Frost's Mountain Interval, Albert Einstein's Relativity, and Margaret Sanger’s What Every Girl Should Know. The books will be defended by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, MIT professor Alan Lightman, and WGBH's Margery Eagan respectively. Author Stona Fitch will moderate the irreverent debate, after which the audience will vote to determine the winner. A reception with the panelists will follow.
Speaking for the Candidates:
Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, literary critic, translator, and from 1997-2000 was the United States Poet Laureate. He has written 19 books, the majority of which are poetry collections. Mr. Pinsky is also an acclaimed translator of both Dante’s Inferno and Czeslaw Milosz’s The Separate Notebook. He now teaches at Boston University. He will be defending Robert Frost’s Mountain Interval.
Alan Lightman is a writer, physicist and social entrepreneur. He is a professor at MIT, the first to be appointed to both the science and humanities departments. He is the author of Einstein’s Dreams, which has been adapted to many theatrical productions and is one of the most popular books on college campuses. Mr. Lightman is also the founder of the Harpswell Foundation which empowers women leaders in Cambodia. He will be defending Albert Einstein’sRelativity.
Margery Eagan is a popular host of WGBH's Boston Public Radio, a columnist for the Boston Globe’s website, a former columnist for the Boston Herald and writer for Boston Magazine. She is often a guest on other radio and television stations and frequently speaks and writes on gender, religious and political issues. She will be defending Margaret Sanger’s What Every Girl Should Know.
Stona Fitch (aka Rory Flynn) is an award-winning novelist, often writing about Boston crime, who has garnered international acclaim. His 2001 novel, Senseless, was adapted into a movie of the same name. He authors the Eddy Harkness mystery series under the pseudonym Rory Flynn. Fitch is also the founder of the Concord Free Press, the world’s first donation-based publisher.
This is a free members' event. Seats are avaliable on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Associates office with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-536-3886.
Boston Public Radio Co-Host
(aka Rory Flynn)
Author of Dark Horse
Former Poet Laureate