Events

Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:00 PM
Allison Lange, assistant professor of history at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ph.D. from Brandeis University, is an historian who focuses on gender, culture and politics. She completed her work on her doctorate by focusing on women's suffrage and the 19th Amendment. She discusses women's rights and women's suffrage movements to trace the development of modern political campaigns.
Friday, May 12, 2017 7:00 PM
As the latest installment of our ongoing tribute to the painters who worked and taught in the Hawthorne Barn when it was an art school, Polednik and Wilkin, both contributors to the recent catalogue raisonné of Hans Hofmann's paintings, will discuss and present images from Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper, an exhibit they curated for MOCA Jacksonville in Florida. In collaborating on this show, which will travel to the Portland Museum of Art in Maine this summer, Polednik, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum and former director of MOCA Jacksonville, and Wilkin, a New York-based independent curator, critic, and scholar of 20th-century modernism, have succeeded in illuminating the robust beauty of the abstract expressionist's drawings and watercolors.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
Authors Abbott and Wickersham have both written critically acclaimed memoirs about the fathers they loved and lost too soon. In Fairyland, which won an ALA Stonewall Award, Abbott chronicles her Haight-Ashbury upbringing with an openly bisexual father who succumbed to AIDS. Wickersham's The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist, is a wise, moving, and often surprisingly humorous account of how she and her family endured in the aftermath of her gentle, affectionate father's shocking suicide. The two authors will discuss their memoirs, their writing lives, and their other work.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
It is an honor to host onstage, together, esteemed and beloved novelists Richard Russo and Anita Shreve. Between them, they have published some thirty books, most best-sellers, several turned into movies starring such actors as Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy (Nobody's Fool), Sean Penn (The Weight of Water), and Julia Ormond (Resistance). Russo, also a successful screenwriter, won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Empire Falls;" Shreve, who is currently touring for her latest book, "The Stars Are Fire," wrote the Oprah's Book Club selection "The Pilot's Wife." Both committed New Englanders, Russo and Shreve will talk about life, literature, and anything else they please. Twenty Summers cofounder Julia Glass will moderate.
Friday, May 26, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
Last year we featured Aurea Ensemble's string quartet in the third of our yearly "literary classical concerts." They played so exquisitely that we've invited them back to present their own tribute to Moby-Dick, "Melville and the Great White Whale," which will feature Beethoven, Webern, sea shanties, and other nautically evocative music along with readings from the novel and from Melville's correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated his masterpiece. The mission of Aurea is to investigate and invigorate the relationship between music and the spoken word. Aurea aspires to unify the humanities and fine arts in dynamic, accessible & engaging ways through performance and educational outreach. Aurea's concerts combine poetry with classical, folk and contemporary music, to create performances that sweep from intimate chamber settings to major theatrical venues.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
In a conversation sure to delve into the divisive politics of our age and what it means to be an American fiction writer of color today, Junot Díaz, whose work has been honored with a Pulitzer and a MacArthur, joins Jacqueline Woodson, whose books for readers of all ages have won prizes including a National Book Award and a Coretta Scott King Award. From his "Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" to her "Brown Girl Dreaming," from his activist work in the Dominican-American community to her stories for teenage readers about what it means to grow up black and gay, Diaz and Woodson are writers who know how to raise their voices when it counts.
Friday, June 2, 2017 7:00 PM9:30 PM
In 2012, author and journalist David France released the documentary "How to Survive a Plague," the culmination of his decades-long coverage of the U.S. AIDS crisis. It won a New York Film Critics Circle Award and was an Oscar nominee. Last fall he published his book of the same title. In reviewing it for the New York Times, provocative political commentator Andrew Sullivan called it "the first and best history" of the courage behind the fight to end AIDS "and a reminder that if gay life and culture flourish for a thousand years, people will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'" In bringing them together, we anticipate a bracing discourse on politics, culture, history, and more.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:00 PM2:00 PM
Iconic poets Doty and Olds are among the truth-tellers we count on for words of wisdom and beauty in dark times. Their many collections have won them dozens of prizes, and they are regarded by peers as modern masters of their craft. "Sharon Olds's poems are pure fire in the hands, risky, on the verge of falling, and in the end leaping up," wrote Michael Ondaatje. "I love the roughness and humor and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss." Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine praised Doty as "a maker of big, risky, fearless poems in which ordinary human experience becomes music." Provincetown poet Kelle Groom will moderate.

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