April 2018 / Author Talk

Community Room

Apr 12

Thu 7:00 pm

Author Talk:  Benjamin Ludwig and Ginny Moon

Join author Benjamin Ludwig for a discussion of his debut novel, Ginny Moon.

ABOUT BENJAMIN. A life-long teacher of English and writing, Ginny Moon is Benjamin Ludwig’s first novel. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. The novel was inspired, in part, by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

Ginny Moon is full of heart and humor, and you are bound to fall in love with the 14 year old narrator, Ginny Moon, who discovers a new meaning of family on her journey home.

April is autism-awareness month, and we are pleased to present this author talk in conjunction with the Library's April Gallery Display: Faces, Voices and Lives of the May Institute.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

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Main Library

Apr 25

Wed 7:00 pm

Michele R. McPhee & Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI…

In Maximum Harm, veteran investigative journalist Michele R. McPhee unravels the complex story behind the public facts of the Boston Marathon bombing. She examines the bombers’ roots in Dagestan and Chechnya, their struggle to assimilate in America, and their growing hatred of the United States—a deepening antagonism that would prompt federal prosecutors to dub Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “America's worst nightmare.” The difficulties faced by the Tsarnaev family of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are part of the public record. Circumstances less widely known are the FBI’s recruitment of the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as a “mosque crawler” to inform on radical separatists here and in Chechnya and the disenchantment, rage, and growing radicalization of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, along with their mother, sisters, and Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine.

 

Maximum Harm is an compelling examination of the Tsarnaev brothers’ movements in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, the subsequent investigation, the Tsarnaevs’ murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, the high-speed chase and shootout that killed Tamerlan, and the manhunt in which the authorities finally captured Dzhokhar, hiding in a Watertown backyard. McPhee untangles the many threads of circumstance, coincidence, collusion, motive, and opportunity that resulted in the deadliest attack on the city of Boston to date. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase. No registration is required and all are welcome.

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