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Author Talk with Max And Whit Alexander, Who Wrote "Bright Lights, No City"
At age 47, Whit Alexander, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game, decided to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana, West Africa. His brother Max, a journalist, came along to tell the story. Neither of them could have anticipated just how much of an adventure they’d find there.
Along the way, Whit and Max relive their own childhood, bickering across the African bush and learning a great deal about Africans as well as themselves. Irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately inspiring, Bright Lights, No City challenges accepted notions of charity, shows the power of broadening your horizons, and suggests that there is hope and opportunity in Africa.
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More About Boston Public Library - Central Library
A landmark of the city, the Boston Public Library in Copley Squareserves as the central library for Boston's 26 branches. It's broken down into two parts: the Johnson Building and McKim Building.
With 6.1 million books -- including 1.2 million rare books and manuscripts -- numerous maps, musical scores and prints, more than 2.2 million people use the library each year. Notable collections include first edition folios by William Shakespeare, original music scores by Mozart, and the personal library of John Adams.
The Boston Public Library is also well-known for its collection of famous murals. In the McKim building, the Chavannes Gallery contains paintings by French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, including "The Muses of Inspiration Hail the Spirit of Light." The Abbey Room displays murals titled the "Quest of the Holy Grail" by American artist Edwin Austin Abbey and spectacular murals painted by John Singer Sargent line the Sargent Gallery. The series, perhaps his most important work, shows the development of world religions and is different from his well-know American and European portraits and landscapes.
Daily tours focus on the art and architecture of the library, and programs include a full calendar of events, packed with everything from a fall author series, a Monday night film series featuring movies made in Massachusetts, and concerts in the courtyard every Friday during the summer. Calendar listings are available online, and are also broken down by neighborhoods for each of the 26 branches throughout the city.
The library also offers an array of changing exhibits -- like a current showcase of vintage postcards and travel posters -- story-times for children, English as a second language workshops, a teen room, inter-library loans, and adaptive technology for people with disabilities. Visitors can also spend time in the courtyard, and grab a bite to each at the Map Room Cafe.
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- Out In Sports: Moving Forward – A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in Sports Sponsored by Boston Pride Wed, Jun 5, 6:15 pm–8:15 pm