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  • We sit down with the co-host of "Pop Culture Happy Hour" to discuss her new book, "Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me."
  • Lily King is the award-winning author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Writers & Lovers, was published on March 3rd, 2020, and her first collection of short stories, Five Tuesdays in Winter, will be released on November 9, 2021. Her 2014 novel Euphoria won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014, as well as on Amazon, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and Salon’s Best Books of 2014.
  • The Massachusetts-based author and illustrator shares the rich history of Chinese cuisine in menu format for foodies of all ages.
  • At Beyond the Page, we believe in the power of knowledge, the magic of stories and the beauty of shared experiences. This event series features interactive sessions with renowned authors discussing their latest work and their writing process. Whether you're seeking profound discussions or heartfelt emotions, these events offer something truly special for everyone.
  • Award-winning author and Guardian columnist, Naomi Klein has departed from her usual topics with this newest book which enters more personal territory. Doppelganger uses the fact that Klein has often been mistaken for author Naomi Wolf, as a jumping-off point to explore conspiracy theories and what Klein calls the “Mirror World”. Klein looks at how “far-right movements feign solidarity with the working class, AI-generated content blurs the line between genuine and spurious, and new-age wellness entrepreneurs turned anti-vaxxers further scramble our familiar political alliances.” Doppelganger explores “what it feels like to watch one’s identity slip away in the digital ether, an experience many more of us will have in the age of AI”.
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    Harvard Book Store
  • The historical fiction novel centers on a real-life Victorian Era trial. Smith says she doesn't look back on the past with a sense of superiority: In her view, human life is "a continued struggle."
  • A portrait of late 19th-century Boston and one of its most daring and celebrated women, Isabella Stewart Gardner – the connoisseur and visionary collector who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city.

    When Isabella Stewart Gardner first arrived in Boston in 1861, she was twenty years old, newly married to a wealthy trader, and unsure of herself. Puzzled by the frosty reception she received from the city’s coterie of “bluebloods,” she strived to fit in and had limited success. Then after two devastating tragedies, she discovered her true spirit and passion for collecting. When Isabella opened her Italian palazzo-style home as a museum 1903 to showcase her old masters, antiques, and objects d’art, she was well-known for scandalizing Boston’s upper society.

    The Lioness of Boston is historical fiction – a richly detailed portrait of a time, also a cultural and social history. Author Emily Franklin reveals the day’s mores and expectations which Isabella, a feminist before feminism, rejected, opting instead for friendships with painter John Singer Sargent; writers Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Orne Jewett; and neighbor Julia Ward Howe. With novelist Claire Messud, Franklin discusses her process for researching and bringing to life this remarkable woman – her friends, her family, and her era.

    Presented by the American Inspiration series from American Ancestors/NEHGS in partnership with Boston Public Library.
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    Boston Public Library
  • Virtual
    GBH and Beyond the Page are excited to kick off the 2023 Boston Book Festival! In celebration, GBH's Callie Crossley of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley will talk with Tiya Miles, a public historian and creative writer whose research focuses on African American, Native American and women’s history during colonial America.

    Miles is the Michael Garvey Professor of History at Harvard University, the author of five prize-winning works on the history of slavery and early American race relations, and a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She was the founder and director of the Michigan-based ECO Girls program. Her New York Times bestselling book All That She Carried won the National Book Award.

    Miles’s latest book Wild Girls, examines how Harriet Tubman, Zitkála-Šá andLouisa May Alcott, among others, found self-understanding in the natural world and became women who changed America. This beautiful, meditative work of history puts girls of all races—and the landscapes they loved—at center stage and reveals the impact of the outdoors on women’s independence, resourcefulness and vision. For these trailblazing women of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, navigating the woods, following the stars, playing sports and taking to the streets in peaceful protest were not only joyful pursuits, but also techniques to resist assimilation, racism, and sexism.

    At Beyond the Page, we believe in the power of knowledge, the magic of stories and the beauty of shared experiences. This event series features interactive sessions with renowned authors discussing their latest work and writing process.  Whether you are seeking profound discussions or heartfelt emotions, these events offer something truly special for everyone.

    Register now for this free event. Signed copies of Wild Girls are available at check out when registering for this event.


    Can’t attend on October 3rd? The Boston Book Festival officially begins on October 14, where Tiya Miles (along with many other talented authors) will be featured as a keynote speaker! Check out all the 2023 Boston Book Festival Headliners and Keynotes at bostonbookfest.org
  • GBH is proud to present Lily King for September’s Beyond the Page virtual event.


    Lily King is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels: The Pleasing Hour (1999), The English Teacher (2005), Father of the Rain (2010), Euphoria (2014), Writers & Lovers (2020) and one collection of short stories, Five Tuesdays in Winter (2021). Her work has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Kirkus Prize, the New England Book Award for Fiction (twice), the Maine Fiction Award (twice), a Whiting Award and the B&N Discover Award. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway. King currently lives in Portland, Maine.


    King shares insights, challenges and joys, creating memorable characters in her five novels. She also shares the inspiration behind her latest book Writers & Lovers, which explores the themes of ambition, resilience and the power of love. The protagonist embarks on a journey of self-discovery as a talented and struggling writer determined to make her dream a reality.

    This event is hosted by CRB Morning Program Host, Laura Carlo.
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    GBH Events
  • Wendy Dodson wanted to create a "magical" place for kids and fight against book bans.