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Winchester Reads

Winchester Reads, now in its 16th year, is a community-wide reading event sponsored by the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation and coordinated by the Winchester Public Library, the Winchester Multicultural Network, Book Ends, and many enthusiastic volunteers.

book jacket for the book The Muralist


THE BOOK

This year the Winchester Reads committee has selected Barbara Shapiro's The Muralist, "a thrilling story of art, history, love, and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II.
Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, the book looks at the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States and captures the beginnings of the vibrant Abstract Expressionism movement in New York."


EVENTS

HISTORICAL COMPLEXITIES OF THE MID-20TH CENTURY WITH LORIN MALONEY
Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM 
Jenks Center, Cummings Room, 109 Skillings Rd.
Educator Lorin Maloney's will discuss the historical aspects of B. A. Shapiro's The Muralist focusing on the anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States from 1870 - 1930 as well as the special relationship of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt to the struggle against Nazi anti-Semitism.

AN EVENING WITH BARBARA SHAPIRO
Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 PM 
McCall Middle School, 458 Main St.
Author Barbara Shapiro will be speaking about the research she conducted into the 1930s and 1940s as well as her writing process for The Muralist. Following the presentation, Ms.Shapiro will answer questions and sign books.

THE MURALIST: THROUGH THE EXPRESSION OF MUSIC
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 PM 
Winchester Community Music School, Nicholas Performance Hall, 407 Highland Ave.
Faculty from the Winchester Community Music School will perform a concert inspired by the novel, The Muralist. A pre-concert reception will begin at 7 PM.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St.

Wednesday, September 27 at 11:00 AM
Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Rd.

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St.

Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St.


READING TIE-INS

 

 If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at 781-721-7171 ext. 318.