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Music & Author Series

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Music & Author Series 2018

Stephen McCauley in conversation with Anita Diamant

Thursday, May 17th, 7pm

When Stephen McCauley introduced Anita Diamant at her talk about The Boston Girl, featured title for One Book One Belmont 2016, the audience was won over by the rapport between the two authors, who have belonged to the same writing group for the past 13 years. When could McCauley return to Belmont, audience members asked – and talk about one of his books? The two authors will converse about McCauley’s new novel, My Ex-Life, and the writing process at 7 PM Thursday, May 17, in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.

My Ex—Life begins with the main character, David Hedges, at an all-time low. His boyfriend has left him, he’s bored with his college counseling business, and the carriage house he rents with a stunning view of San Francisco has been sold out from under him. What better time to drive across country to try and rescue his ex-wife and her reluctantly college-bound daughter, whose lives are also spinning out of control.

Co-Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University, McCauley is the author of six previous novels, including The Object of My Affection, made into a feature film starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Anniston. Diamant has written five novels, including The Red Tent and Day After Night, and six guides to contemporary Jewish life. This fall, she published The Jewish Wedding Now, an updated edition of the wedding guide sold continuously since 1985.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

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Stephen McCauley

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Anita Diamant

 Margot Livesey discusses  The Hidden Machinery

Thursday, April 19th, 7pm

New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey offers a masterclass for those who love reading  literature and for those who aspire to write it. Through close readings, arguments about craft, and personal essays, Livesey delves into the inner     workings of fiction and considers how our stories and novels benefit from paying close attention to both great works of literature and to our own individual experiences.

“Livesey writes with wisdom and insight about the craft of writing, proposing to expose what the  professional author conceals that the apprentice fiction writer needs to know.”  Publisher’s Weekly

A smart, unpretentious guide.… Would-be writers will find this both useful and inspiring, while       general readers can simply enjoy Livesey’s keen insights and engaging prose.” Kirkus, ¬ Review

MARGOT LIVESEY is the New York Times bestselling author of  Mercury, The Flight of Gemma HardyThe House on Fortune StreetBanishing VeronaEva Moves the FurnitureThe Missing WorldCriminals, and Homework. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, and the Atlantic.  Born in Scotland, Livesey currently lives in the Boston area and is a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


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Margot Livesey

Olivia Hoblitzelle

Thursday, March 15th, 7pm

How do we enter our elder years with openness, curiosity, and engagement? Deepening one’s inner life is central to well being in later life. Combining elements of memoir and inspiring examples of lives well lived, Aging with Wisdom is that invaluable guide to the   inevitable (if we’re lucky) process of aging with dignity and grace.

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Mike Block

Saturday, April 7th, 3pm

Pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, Mike Block returns to the Library this spring. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”, and acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”.


Past 2018 Friends Music & Author Series Events:

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Music Series 2017

Click here for our full calendar of events for this Music on Saturday season.

*The Belmont Public Library Friends Music on Saturday Series will take place from December 2016 to April 2017. On one Saturday afternoon in each month from January to April, talented musicians will present an hour of music from four world cultures.  All programs will begin at 3 p.m. in the library’s Assembly Room. Music on Saturday is free to all thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Check back soon to see a full lineup for this year’s Music on Saturday Series.

 Author Series 2017

Daniel Golden: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Dick Lehr: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
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Crystal King, Thursday, May 11th 7pm
Feast of SorrowAuthor 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.


Watch past Author Series events:

leaving-lucy-pear-anna-solomon  Anna Solomon discusses her bestselling novel, Leaving Lucy Pear