The Claire T. Carney Library Associates present a literary afternoon Sunday featuring five local authors who will be discussing their latest work on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus at 2 p.m. A Q&A, book signing and light reception will follow the talks.
Michael Dyer is the senior maritime historian at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in American studies form Penn State Harrisburg. He studied at Mystic Seaport and was inaugural Gallery Fellow at the Australia National Maritime Museum in 2008. From 1993-2001, he was curator and librarian at Kendal Whaling Museum in Salem, where his interest in whalemen’s original art began. He has contributed many scholarly articles to periodical publications. “O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of of the Yankee Whale Hunt” is Dyer’s first book.
Sharon Leder is an associate professor emerita, SUNY-Nassau community College. Leder’s academic background in literature, women’s studies and Jewish studies led her in the past to write books on Emily Dickinson, Christina Rosetti, Holocaust literature and women in academia. Her most recent book is Fix: A Father’s Secrets, A Daughter’s Search, was described by Massachusetts State Senator, Dan Wolf as “ a beautifully written and moving story” about “the heartbreak addiction brings to a family” and which ”touches us with despair while inspiring us to action.” The proceeds of the novel, based onn Leder’s own family, is being donated to a fund devoted to the prevention and treatment of opiod addiction.
Ralph Hickok grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He majored in English at Harvard. He came to New Bedford in 1963 as the Sunday magazine editor for the Standard Times. Ten years later, he became chief copywriter for the Southeastern Advertising Agency in downtown New Bedford. He is a nationally recognized sports historian. His most recent book, “Vagabond Halfback: The Saga of Johnny Blood McNally,” is a biography of a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a member of the North American Society for Sports History and of the Pro Football Researchers Association which honored him with the 2008 Ralph E. Hay award for lifetime achievement in pro football research.
John B. Cummings Jr. is a lifelong resident of Greater Fall River. He spent his early career as a bank vice president in the marketing department. He was recognized with advertising and copywriting awards for many years. He served as the chief professional officer of the United Way of Greater Fall River. In 2005, he wrote his first historical book about the story of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation, “From Little Acorns to Giant Oaks.” His most recent book, “Murder, Manslaughter and Mayhem on the Southcoast, 1800-1969,” was written with Stefani Koorey, a noted author of several books about Fall River history. Over 250 murders, manslaughters and mayhem are included in this volume.
The program is free and open to the public in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library with parking available in lot 13.
For more information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-991-5096.