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Author Event: Peter Swanson

Nevins Library Presents:

 Peter Swanson

Saturday March 25th, 1-2:30pm

Please join us as we welcome author Peter Swanson to the Nevins Library!  His most recent thriller is Her Every Fear.

A bit about the book:

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own — curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London. When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves — until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment and accidentally learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? What about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jet-lagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself, so how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?

Come and meet Peter Swanson, and listen as he reads from the book and talks a bit about it.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

To register for this program, click here.

For more information, contact Sarah   978-686-4080 x20


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Author Event: Hank Phillippi Ryan

We are very excited to welcome Hank Phillippi Ryan back to Nevins Library!


Saturday February 11th, 1pm

in the Great Hall

She will be here to speak about Say No More, the latest in the thrilling Jane Ryland series.

About the book:

When Boston reporter Jane Ryland reports a hit and run, she soon learns she saw more than a car crash—she witnessed the collapse of an alibi. Working on an expose of sexual assaults on college campuses for the station’s new documentary unit, Jane’s just convinced a date rape victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. However, a disturbing anonymous message—SAY NO MORE—has Jane really and truly scared.Homicide detective Jake Brogan is on the hunt for the murderer of Avery Morgan, a hot-shot Hollywood screenwriter. Her year as a college guest lecturer just ended at the bottom of her swimming pool in the tight-knit and tight-lipped Boston community called The Reserve. As Jake chips his way through a code of silence as shatterproof as any street gang, he’ll learn that one newcomer to the neighborhood may have a secret of her own.A young woman faces a life-changing decision—should she go public about her assault? Jane and Jake—now semi-secretly engaged and beginning to reveal their relationship to the world—are both on a quest for answers as they try to balance the consequences of the truth.

Copies of Hank’s books will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be available.

To register for this program, click here.

For more information, contact Sarah   978-686-4080 x20

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Author Visit: Salem Witch Trials of 1692

Nevins Library presents:

Salem Witch Trials of 1692 with M. E. Kemp

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

@ 7:00 PM


The Salem Witch Trials is one of the more interesting periods of our Massachusetts history.  Author M.E. Kemp has done extensive research on the Salem Witch Trials, at first for her historical mystery book Death of a Bawdy Belle.  She now continues her research constantly to discover and share new information in her lectures.

This is sure to be an fun and informative talk about The Salem Witch Trials of 1692!

Copies of M.E. Kemp’s books will be available for purchase & signing.

Refreshments will be served.  Click here to register

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Author Visit: A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

Nevins Library Presents:

A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

with Joseph M. Bagley

October 24th @7:00 PM


The Nevins Library is happy to welcome Joseph M. Bagley, City Archeologist of Boston,to talk about his book “A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts” and the history that inspired it.

We all know the big events that happened in Boston. The Battle of Bunker Hill, Paul Revere’s ride, the Great Fire of 1872. This book highlights the finds that have been made over the past 40 years that showcase the everyday people who lived in Boston. From drinking cups to ancient spears to chinaware. From ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts. This book lets us peer into the past of those people who didn’t make it into the text books, but shaped our great state just as much.

Joseph M. Bagley has been the City Archeologist since 2011, and a professional archaeologist since 2002. With a decade of archaeological fieldwork on Native American and Historic archaeological sites throughout New England and years of dedicated research on the archaeology of Boston, Joe brings an expert knowledge of the entire human history of Boston to the City Archaeology Program.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Click here to register

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Bestselling author Kate Larson coming to the Nevins Library!

 Join us in welcoming

Kate Larson, author of “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

on September 26th @ 7:00 PM.

Do you know the story of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy? Come hear Kate Larson, author of the book “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, tell us Rosemary’s story.

Kate Larson brings Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. She reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then—as the family’s standing reached an apex—the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.

Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk.

Location:  The Garden Room

Click here to register for this exciting author program.


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Nancy Thayer is coming back to Nevins!

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Nancy Thayer

We are so excited to have Bestselling Author Nancy Thayer come back to the Nevins Library!  She will be here on Thursday, July 21st at 6:30pm.  Her books are definitely favorites around here.  She will be talking about her latest book, The Island House, which was just released at the end of May.

A little about the book:

Courtney Hendricks will never forget the magical summers she spent on Nantucket with her college roommate, Robin Vickerey, and Robin’s charismatic, turbulent, larger-than-life family, in their gorgeous island house. Now a college English professor in Kansas City, Courtney is determined to experience one more summer in this sun-swept paradise. Her reason for going is personal: Courtney needs to know whether Robin’s brother James shares the feelings she’s secretly had for him.

Time with the Vickerey family always involves love and laughter, and this season is no different. Vivacious matriarch Susanna Vickerey is celebrating her sixtieth birthday, but beneath the merriment, trouble is brewing. The family patriarch, Dr. Alastair Vickerey, is quiet and detached, while unspoken tension looms over oldest son Henry, a respected young surgeon. Warm and witty Robin, the most grounded of the siblings, is keeping a secret from her parents. Iris, the colorful baby of the brood, remains rudderless and in need of guidance. And the sexy, stunningly handsome, untouchable James—to Courtney’s dismay—may be in love with a beautiful and vibrant local artist. As the summer unfolds, a crisis escalates, surprising truths are revealed, and Courtney will at last find out where her heart and her future lie.

Weaving the trials and uncertainty of real life into a tapestry of passion, hope, and courage, The Island House is a beautifully told story about the ties that bind us—and how the blessings of love and family heal us in ways we never dream possible.

Copies of Nancy’s books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.  To reserve your seat for this event, please register by clicking HERE or by calling the Main Desk.

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is coming to Nevins!

two-if-by-sea-9781501115578_lgI am really, really excited to tell you that New York Times Best Selling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard is coming to the Nevins Library!  She’ll be here on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm to talk about her latest book, Two if by Sea.

Two if by Sea follows former police officer Frank Mercy, and opens in Brisbane, Australia just as a tsunami devastates the region and kills Frank’s pregnant wife and her entire family.  In the aftermath, Frank rescues a little boy from drowning.  Even though he knows it’s wrong, he keeps the little boy and brings him home to his family’s horse farm in Wisconsin.  As he gets to know the boy he names Ian, he realizes that there is something special about him.  Also that there are people who are after Ian, and are not afraid to injure or kill to get him.

I have been fortunate enough to have seen Jacquelyn Mitchard speak twice now, and she is so funny and entertaining!  She really knows how to tell a great story.  Ms. Mitchard is also the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, which you may remember as the first book chosen for Oprah’s Book Club and was also made into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams.

This is sure to be a great event.  Call the main desk or register through the calendar of events at to reserve your free seat.   Copies of Ms. Mitchard’s books will also be available for purchase at the event.

See you there!