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Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1919

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Boston Public Library's Abbey Room

700 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116

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Three Books, Three Defenders, One Winner for the Best Book of 1919!

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The Associates of the Boston Public Library cordially invites you to participate in our Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition, weighing the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1919. This year’s contenders for Best Novel are Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, Passionate Journey by Frans Masereel, and The Chicago Race Riots by Carl Sandburg. The books will be championed by novelist Andre Dubus III, comic artist Dan Mazur, and historian Kellie Carter Jackson, respectively. WBUR’s Christopher Lydon will moderate this irreverent debate, after which the audience will vote to determine the winner of the Retroactive Book Award of 1919. A reception with the panelists will follow.

This is a free Members' event. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Associates office with any questions: associates@bpl.org or 617-536-3886.

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Meet the Defenders:

Kellie Carter Jackson is the Kanfel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Dept. of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, and the 2019-2020 Newhouse Faculty Fellow for Wellesley’s Center of the Humanities. She earned her B.A at Howard University and her Ph.D from Columbia University. She is the author of Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence and co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, & Memory. Ms. Carter Jackson's latest manuscript is “Losing Laroche: the Story of the Only Black Passenger on the Titanic.”

Andre Dubus III is the author of seven books, including the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and has been named on many “Best Books” lists. Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dan Mazur is a published comic artist, the co-founder of The Boston Comics Roundtable, and co-director of the Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo. He is also the author, with Alexander Danner, of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present, which explores the history of comics around the world from the late 1960s to the dawn of the 21st century.

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About the Moderator:

Christopher Lydon is the host of WBUR’s Radio Open Source. Previously he covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and hosted The Connection on WBUR in the ’90s. He recorded the original podcast in 2003 with Dave Winer.

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