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In This Newsletter:
David Thomson - Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM
Jacqueline Winspear - Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 PM
Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop with Dr. Abby Caplin - begins Sunday, March 1st
Author events coming up in March

Try To Tell The StoryDAVID THOMSON discusses
Try To Tell The Story: A Memoir
Tuesday, February 24th at 7 PM

From one of our most celebrated film critics and historians comes a haunting and unsentimental look at the fragility of family relationships. In his evocative memoir, Thomson writes about growing up an only child in south London in the 1940s and 1950s. Told with elegance and restraint, partly from the point of view of a child, partly from that of an adult, this is the story of a lonely, stammering boy cared for by a matriarchy of his mother, grandmother, and an upstairs tenant, Miss Davis.

At the heart of this book is Thomson's profound sadness at being abandoned by a cold and distant father who visits only on weekends and keeps, as Thomson later discovers, another household. Thomson gives us a vivid portrait of London in the aftermath of the war, describing how his grandmother brought him to a street corner to see Churchill, and how he played in the forbidden, bombed-out houses that still smelled of acrid smoke. Movies became Thomson’s great escape, and the worlds revealed in Henry V, Red River, The Third Man, and Citizen Kane were part of his rich imaginative life, one that gained him a scholarship to public and, eventually, film school.

Among the MadJACQUELINE WINSPEAR reads from
Among the Mad
Thursday, February 26th at 7 PM

In her sixth Maisie Dobbs mystery, New York Times bestselling author Winspear gives us a mentally disturbed terrorist on the loose amid the busy streets of 1931 London. An injured war veteran-turned-beggar Maisie passes on the street detonates a bomb, killing himself and slightly wounding Maisie. This traumatic event turns out to be linked to threatening letters the British prime minister starts to receive, the first of which mentions Maisie by name. She is brought onto the high-level intelligence team of the Scotland Yard in pursuit of the terrorist, who has threatened massive loss of life if specific demands are not met. Winspear's portrayal of post-World War I England closely aligns with our present day world, as Maisie must face her most frightening challenge yet.

“Winspear has written an intriguing psychological mystery about the damage war inflicts on a person's soul, as well as a thought-provoking look at the lengths to which the hopeless and mentally unstable might go to be heard.”
– Library Journal

Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop
with Dr. Abby Caplin
Begins Sunday, March 1st at 7 PM

Discover how therapeutic writing can help you feel accepted and confident. Dr. Abby Caplin will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary! Just come with an open mind and notebook. Visit our website for more details.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events in March:

  • CARA BLACK will read from
    Murder in the Latin Quarter
    Tuesday, March 10 at 7 PM

  • BILLIE JEAN KING will read and discuss
    Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes
    Wednesday, March 11th at 7 PM

    will read from their selected works
    Thursday, March 12th at 7 PM

  • JOE GORES will read from
    Spade & Archer:The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
    Thursday, March 19th at 7 PM

  • RODES FISHBURNE will read from
    Going to See the Elephant
    Wednesday, March 25th at 7 PM

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