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Colin W. Sargent?

Readings, Book Discussions,
Conferences, Confabs:
The Boston Castrato

Since so many have asked me where I’m going to be and when across the coming months, here’s the lowdown. After publication readings and events in the UK with Barbican Press surrounding the London release, look for readings in Rome and Naples, Italy; Washington, D.C.; England; and the U.S. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hello!

 

Maine State Society, Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA. Feature reader, annual Lobster Dinner celebration. Saturday, May 20, 6:30-8:30.

Print, A Bookstore, 273 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato. “Print is located in one of the city’s burgeoning neighborhoods – Portland’s East End – taking over designer Angela Adams’s old storefront.” June 6, 7 p.m.  http://www.printbookstore.com/

Historical Novel Society Panelist, 7th Annual North American Conference.  Colin W. Sargent will discuss themes in The Boston Castrato as part of a six-author panel at the conference held in Grand Ballroom I of the Hilton Portland hotel, Portland, Oregon, that includes Daniel Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl. The subject under discussion is “When They Were Still In The Closet.” Session description: “Times have changed since Victoria was Queen and Oscar Wilde paid dearly for his indiscretions. Western world gay and lesbian notables have had to tread carefully in their public personae, writing veiled correspondence with code words to indicate secret lives behind the veil of “normalcy.” This panel of authors has written about LGBT characters in historical settings — real people and fictional ones in the midst of historical events — and will share their writing insights, obstacles and dilemmas.” Portland, Oregon, June 24, 921 SW 6th Avenue, “in the heart of downtown Portland’s Arts and Entertainment District.”

Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth, Maine.  August 17,  7 p.m.. As part of the 2017 Lecture Series, Colin will read from and lead discussion on The Boston Castrato.

Suffolk University Library, 73 Tremont Street, Boston. Mildred F. Sawyer Speaker Series at the library. September 14, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Reading, Book Discussion, and Signing of The Boston Castrato by Colin W. Sargent as part of the Speaker Series. “Launched during the fall semester of 2014, the Mildred F. Sawyer Speaker Series. “The Mildred F. Sawyer Speaker Series features speakers from the Suffolk University Boston community and its friends. Topics, which may be based on recent publications and research, are diverse, including politics, social issues, history, the arts and journalism. Most talks are held in the Sawyer Library’s Poetry Center, a friendly and informal setting, allowing for discussion and networking opportunities. Light refreshments are served.”  http://www.suffolk.edu/sawlib/56550.php

York Housing Authority, York, Maine. September 21, 1-2 p.m. 4 Pine Grove Lane, York. A reading and discussion with book club members at the York Housing Authority of The Boston Castrato.

West Buxton Public Library, 34 River Road, Buxton, September 28th, 4 p.m.. A reading and discussion hosted by the West Buxton Library.

Fall for the Book Festival, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA, October 11-14. Colin has been invited to present on The Boston Castrato. **Event will be updated.

Previous Appearances

In England

Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, Publication Reading & Book Signing, The Boston Castrato. March 5, 3 p.m., http://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk/bookshop-homepage.

Lancaster University, Reading & Book Discussion, The Boston Castrato, Department of Creative Writing, 11 a.m. to 12:15, March 8.

Huddersfield Literature Festival, West Yorkshire, England. Presenter, The Boston Castrato, PechaKucha Night, The Media Center, 7:30 p.m., March 8.

Coffee in York, with Helen Hills, Professor of Art History, University of York, founder of the conference “Exoticizing Vesuvius?” Bike Cafe, Micklegate, York, UK, 11 a.m., March 9.

Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing, University of Hull. Publication reading, “A Novel of 1920s Boston: The Boston Castrato,” 6:30 p.m., March 10. A Philip Larkin Centre event.

In Italy

Hotel Forum, Rome, Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato, 7 p.m., 14 March, Via Tor de’ Conti, 25-30, Roma, Italy. +39 06 679 2446

Almost Corner Bookshop, Rome Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato, 14 March, 3 p.m., Via del Moro, 45, 00153 Roma, Italy. +39 06 583 6942

Naples Library, U.S. Naval Station Naples, Italy. Reading and book discussion, The Boston Castrato. 16 March, 4-6 p.m..

In England

Breakfast at the Berkeley, Berkeley Hotel, London. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., March 20. Breakfast with the author, by invitation. Free, but an advance reservation is required. Please send request to portlandmagazine@hotmail.com with the subject line “Breakfast at the Berkeley.” Reading from The Boston Castrato, 9 a.m. The Berkeley Hotel is where Amy Lowell and Ada Russell stayed in London when she made contact with the Imagist poets. She booked an entire floor at the Berkeley Hotel, which likely increased her sense of marginalization. Along with her belongings, Amy shipped her maroon Pierce Arrow to London. Her chauffeur’s uniform matched the shade.

In Ireland

Merrion Hotel, 1 p.m., April 25, Garden Terrace, steps from the home of Oscar Wilde. Reading and Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato in this historic hotel created from a string of four restored Georgian townhouses, the former dwelling of the Duke of Wellington. The garden terrace conjures images of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s atrium at Fenway Court in Boston, in scenes with John Singer Sargent. Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland.

In England

Sargentology: New Perspectives on the Works of John Singer Sargent, an interdisciplinary conference to be held at King’s Manor, University of York, UK. Conference finale: A reading from a chapter in The Boston Castrato showing John Singer Sargent in heightened contact with Isabella Stewart Gardner in Fenway Court, 1922. April 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: “Closing Wine Reception, with a reading by author Colin W. Sargent, from his upcoming Sargent inspired-fiction novel The Boston Castrato.” www.sargentology.com

In Scotland

The New Club, 86 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Reading & Book Discussion in the library of this club with views of Edinburgh Castle. Sponsored by HRH Prince Philip since 1952, The New Club has included members from Sir Isaac Newton to Thomas Carlyle, David Hume, John Buchan, and Sean Connery. May 2, 7 p.m.

In Canada

Goderich Library, 52 Montreal Street, Goderich, Ontario. Reading & Book Discussion in the Reading Room in a city dear to Scottish novelist John Galt, founder of The Canada Company. August 2, 3-4 p.m. goderichlibrary@huroncounty.ca. 519-524-9261

United States

The Writer’s Center, Sunday, 2 p.m., April 3, 2016. Novelist Colin Sargent, author of The Boston Castrato, and Maryhelen Snyder, who reads from her new collection of poems, Never the Loss of Wings. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.Portland Public Library, Monument Square, Portland, Maine. Brown Bag Luncheon with reading and Book Discussion, The Boston Castrato. August 10, noon. https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/colin-w-sargent-speaks-about-his-new-book-the-boston-castrato-at-the-brown-bag-lecture-series/

PechaKucha Kennebunkport, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise, Maine. Twenty slides, twenty seconds each. A presentation of The Boston Castrato: “Ten Forms of Castration & the Devils Behind Them.” August 25. https://www.facebook.com/pkkennebunkport/

Longfellow Books, Monument Square, Portland, Maine. U.S .Launch Publication Party with reading, The Boston Castrato. September 15, 7 p.m.

Boston Public Library, South End Branch, 685 Tremont Street, Boston. “Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato,” noon to 1:30 p.m., September 17.  (617) 536-8241, http://www.bpl.org/branches/southend.php

Graves Memorial Library, Kennebunkport, Maine. Reading, book discussion, and signing at this historic library which features wall murals by Louis Norton and was a magnet for famous novelists including Booth Tarkington, Kenneth Roberts, and Margaret Deland. September 20, 6 p.m.

New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. “Reading & Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato,” 6-7:30 p.m., September 21. Americanancestors.org.

Lobby Reading & Signing of The Boston Castrato in the world famous Parker House hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. September 22, 3-5 p.m.: Reading and Book Signing of The Boston Castrato in the reception lobby of the luminous, historic Omni Parker House, the hub of the Hub. The spirit of Raffi Peach will come alive front and center in America’s  literary hotel.

Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. September 22, 7 p.m.: Reading, Book Discussion, and Signing of The Boston Castrato.

York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York, Maine  03909.  (207) 363-2818. September 27, 7 p.m. Reading & Book Discussion of The Boston Castrato.

The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. November 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Publication party for The Boston CastratoCome to the Book Launch party at The Muse! “Ten years ago, The Muse Writers Center began by borrowing classroom and reading space from other art centers. Today, The Muse is a thriving literary center ready to expand, and we’re excited to have moved back to where we began, The Ghent Market Shops. Our new, 2,700 square-foot facility houses five large classrooms, two semi-private rooms for writers who need a little more quiet to work, office space, a kitchen, two restrooms, as well as a library and an auditorium.” Light refreshments. http://www.the-muse.org

The Firehouse Gallery, Hosted by BookSpeak, Bristol Road, DamariscottaNovember 15, 7 p.m. Reading, Book Discussion, and Signing of The Boston Castrato. 207-350-6823.

Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine Street, Brunswick. November 16, 7 p.m. Maine’s famous alternative independent bookstore. Reading, book discussion, and signing of The Boston Castrato.

Publication Party, Portland Magazine Headquarters, 165 State Street, Portland. November 17, 7 p.m. Location is near Longfellow Square. Refreshments, reading & signing of The Boston Castrato.

New England Book Festival.  Prize presentation. The Boston Castrato has won First Runner-up honors in the General Fiction category at the New England Book Festival. Festival awards presentation is 7 p.m., 28 January 2017,  Fleming’s Boston restaurant, Park Plaza Hotel, 217 Stuart Street, Boston. Visit http://www.newenglandbookfestival.com…

I AM BOOKS: An Italian Cultural Hub, 189 North Street, Boston, MA. Colin W. Sargent visits Boston’s North End for a reading and book signing at this remarkable bookstore that showcases the Italian-American experience in Boston. March 9th, 2017, 7 p.m.

The Muse Writers Center, The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Avenue No. 3, Norfolk, VA. You’re invited to a seminar by Muse Writers Center instructor Colin W. Sargent, author of The Boston Castrato and Museum of Human Beings.  The workshop title is “Tense: Moments and the Shades of Time”   “The tense of a story sets everything from style to thought. How does right now differ from right then? The present tense ignites Molly Bloom’s monologue in Ulysses. Try to imagine Proust, James, or Austen without the reflective advantages of the past tense. In this seminar we’ll consider character dimension through time. Kurt Vonnegut is an intertemporal genius. So is Milan Kundera, in Slowness. Best of all, there’s Mikhail Bakhtin, the literary theorist. Treating yourself to the way he differentiates between real time and great time will open doors to your reading and writing experience.” To sign up for this workshop, visit http://www.the-muse.org/workshops.html. Saturday, April 1, 1-3:30 p.m.