The Claire T. Carney Library Associates will present its 12th annual Authors’ Brunch on Sunday, April 22, 12 p.m., in the Woodland Commons at UMass Dartmouth. This year, the authors are biographers Megan Marshall, Susan L. Mizruchi and Leigh Montville.
Marshall teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College. She has researched and written about the lives of remarkable 19th-century women in two award-winning biographies. The first of these biographies is “The Peabody Sisters,” which earned her the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. Her second biography, “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2014. Her third biography, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,” tells of her experience as a young student in Bishop’s Advanced Verse-Writing class as well as the poet’s big-screen life story.
Mizruchi is a professor of English Literature at Boston University. Mizruchi’s specialties are 19th- and 20th-century American literature; religion and culture; literary and social theory; literary history; and the history of social sciences. She has written extensively on these topics for several publications. In 2015, she was awarded the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. In 2014, her biography of Marlon Brando, “Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought and Work,” was named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2014 and to Booklist Editor’s Choice. The film rights for her biography have been sold. She serves as the U.S. Delegate for Literature, Film and Media Studies for Oxford University Press, as well as a consultant for PBS.
Montville was a longtime print journalist for The Boston Globe and was a senior writer with Sports Illustrated. He has authored many books including best-sellers such as “The Big Bam,” the biography of Babe Ruth; and “Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero,” which won the 2004 Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. In 2004, he wrote the book “Why Not Us?” which tells of the end of 86 years of suffering of Red Sox fans with the winning of the 2004 World Series. His other biographies have included the lives of Dale Earnhardt, Manute, Evel Knievel among others. His most recent biography is “Sting Like a Bee: Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971,” which focuses on the cultural and political implication of Ali’s refusal to serve in the military.
Tickets for the event are $35 and can be reserved by contacting Rita Raymond at (508) 995-3528. Checks can be made out to the CTC Library Associates and sent to 1032 Sterling St., New Bedford, MA, 02745.Tax-deductible contributions for the program are available (sponsors: $100/two complimentary tickets; patrons: $200/four complimentary tickets; and benefactors: $350/six complimentary tickets.
Parking for the event is available in lot seven on the UMass Dartmouth campus with shuttle service available to Woodland Commons beginning at 11:30 a.m. More information is available by contacting Maria Sanguinetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 991-5096.