Author Talks in May
Jay Atkinson to Speak on Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America at “Books and Bites”
Author Jay Atkinson will speak on his book Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America at “Books and Bites” on Monday, May 8th at 11:00 AM in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.
Massacre on the Merrimack received a 2016 Honors Nonfiction award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Publishers Weekly said of the book: “A strong sense of place and vivid narration…Atkinson’s storytelling skills are superb.”
Jay Atkinson is the author of eight books. He has written for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He teaches writing at Boston University.
Crystal King to Speak on Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author Crystal King will speak on her book Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome, much of which she wrote IN the Belmont Library! The story of Rome’s notorious foodie, Marcus Gavius Apicius, told from the viewpoint of his slave and cook, Thrasius. An enthralling, delicious tale that will transport you into the crowded marketplaces and baths of ancient Rome and leave you hungry for ancient fare. Kirkus Review writes, “[i]n her addictively readable first novel…the food lore is fascinating and the time period is inherently dramatic…aficionados of all things SPQR will eat this up.”
Crystal is a novelist, editor, professor, social media professional, and critical & creative thinker. Her work as a writer is the thread that ties my broad experience together. Crystal is currently writing my second novel, THE SECRET CHEF, about a famous Italian Renaissance chef, Bartolomeo Scappi, who was the cuoco segreto (private cook) to several Popes.