Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Olivia deBelle Byrd is a humorist and sought-after speaker who delights audiences by turning ordinary happenings into entertainment. She will visit the library to read from and discuss her new novel, Save My Place. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing; reception will follow. Co-sponsored by Avid Bookshop and the Library. In Appleton Auditorium.
Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m.
Wellesley Professor, author and poet Marjorie Agosín fled to the U.S. from Chile to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover of their country. Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín’s writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures. In I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Agosin's first book written for older youth (Grades 5-8), she tells the story of Celeste Marcoini, who wants to be a writer when she grows up. But when life starts to change--neighbors and classmates begin to disappear, military ships crowd the harbor-- her parents go into hiding and send her to live in America. Booklist and School Library Journal give the book starred reviews, saying. “…she writes with beauty and grace, telling a compelling tale that both enchants and haunts.”
Agosin has received the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and her writings about, and humanitarian work for, women in Chile have been the focus of feature articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Ms. Magazine. She has also won the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry. In Appleton Auditorium with reception following. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.