March 2016


It's time for St. Patrick's Day in Boston. That means a parade and an Irish film festival among other things. It's also time for your Super Tuesday vote, when Daylight Savings and Spring begins; then it's Easter Sunday. Are you ready? 

About us

Anita Diamant's "The Boston Girl" was on the BPL's list of The Top Ten Most Borrowed Books for 2015. Kevin Young's "Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015" came out last month. His poem "Money Road" was in The New Yorker. Sara Pennypacker was #1 in the New York Times children's Best Seller List Hardcover Middle Grade with "Pax," the story of a boy and his pet fox. Evelyn Wolfson co-authored "Volare" an article in the Italian magazine Primo. Helen Marie Casey was named a semifinalist for the 2015 Paumanok Poetry Award. Christopher Klein received the Bela Kornitzer Book Award, given to an alumni of Drew University, for his latest book "Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan." Padma Venkatraman's "A Time to Dance" already the recipient of many honors (5 starred reviews), is on the master list for state awards in Indiana and Illinois. Susan Meyer's "New Shoes" has been nominated for the NAACP 47th Image Award. Lois Lowry's "Gooney Bird and All Her Charms" is out. Nathaniel Philbrick's "Valiant Ambition" is due in May and can be pre-ordered now. Read "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe"  by Elaine Showalter reviewed by Jill Lepore in the February 29 New York Times.  


Mar 1 - Super Tuesday. Vote.

Mar 10-13 16th annual Irish Film Festival, Somerville Theatre, Davis Square

Mar 13 - Daylight Savings begins. Visit Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. to see the camellias in the 1804 camellia house. Free.

Mar 15 - 12:30 Lunch & Literature, The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth. Reserve 617-536-9510,

Mar 20 - Boston's St. Pat's Day parade 1pm begins at the Broadway Station (844-478-7287)  

Mar 26 - The 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at Rosecliff Mansion 548 Bellevue Ave, Newport RI, Reserve: 401-847-1000. More information at

Mar 31 - 6-7pm Opera Night at the BPL: A Party at the End of the World: The Merry Widow


PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Night will be held on May 15th at Simmons College at 6:30 pm.  Committee members will introduce this year's winners (who will be announced in late March) and the winners will read from their promising works-in-progress A reception will follow.  The event is free and open to the public. Call 617-994-5913 for more information.

Writer-in-Residence at the BPL for books for young readers applications currently accepted. Guidelines and application form online at Includes $20,000 stipend to support you as you write; private office space at the Boston Public Library; forum to present finished literary work. Residency term is September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017


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Out of Our Past

Cid Ricketts Sumner (1890-1970) was the author of “Quality” the novel that, in 1949, became the first movie to treat the subject of miscegenation: “Pinky” starring Jeanne Crain. She also wrote the book that inspired the three "Tammy" movies. Although generally considered a southern writer, she earned her MA at Columbia U. and was living in Duxbury when she joined BAC.