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Colson Whitehead, Zadie Smith among authors visiting Wellesley

Wellesley College has a strong line-up of writers visiting during the upcoming school year, and the talks/discussions are free and open to the public. The Distinguished Writers Series at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities kicks off Oct. 7 with Colson Whitehead (Hey, I’ve actually read his Sag Harbor!) and features Zadie […]

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Special after-school program at Wellesley Free Library this Thursday

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, Elizabeth Suneby’s book for children, relates the true story of a girl in Afghanistan who desperately wants an education and convinces the men in her family to allow her to attend school. Razia’s Ray of Hope is designed to engage young readers in global issues. […]

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You Are Not Special — Round 2 — for Wellesley English teacher

Now that Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr.’s commencement speech-turned-book has been released, he’s been on the speaking circuit as well as the talk show/interview circuit. Some of the interviews have been good, like that with NPR’s Diane Rehm, who notes that she has interviewed McCullough’s author/historian dad many times. Others, have been […]

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Wellesley Free Library book sale May 1-4

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I think we’ve taken out books for longer than Wellesley Free Library director lasted

Wellesley Free Library director Christopher Lindquist has resigned after just 6 months on the job, according to a Wellesley Townsman report. The story says no explanation for the departure was made public, but that the head of the staff association had good things to say about Lindquist and that the staff is sorry to see him go. […]

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A student’s take on Wellesley High teacher’s “You Are Not Special” book

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr.’s You Are Not Special… and Other Encouragements book launches today, April 22. Wellesley High senior Chris Ulian, who hasn’t had McCullough as a teacher but is well aware of his good reputation as an instructor, kindly volunteered to review it for us: To a cynic, David McCullough, Jr.’s […]

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Reminder: David McCullough, Jr., speaks at Wellesley Middle School on Wednesday

Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough, Jr., who converted his “You’re Not Special” speech into a book deal that comes to fruition this month, will speak at 7pm at Wellesley Middle School on Wednesday, April 9. The talk is geared towards parents of pre-  and young teens. When asked him about whether his book (“You Are […]

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Give and Take area to open at Wellesley RDF

Clearly, those old household items have got to get out of your house, but obviously they’re too good to just throw in the dumpster.  No problem,  the Wellesley RDF has you covered. Starting Tuesday, April 8 the Give and Take Area opens.  So as long as you give, say, four things and take only three, […]

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Author Andrew Dubus III to speak in Wellesley Thursday night

Author Andre Dubus III, whose books include Dirty Love, House of Sand and Fog, and The Garden of Last Days, will be giving a talk and answering questions at Wellesley Free Library today at 7pm. The author, who lives north of Boston with his family, has received numerous big-time awards for his writing. Anyone who has […]

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David McCullough, Jr. mania: Special Wellesley teacher making rounds as book launch nears

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr., he of the “You’re Not Special” commencement speech, is popping up on the speaking circuit in town at least 3 times next month to coincide with the arrival of his first book. McCullough will also take his show on the road across New England. The book is […]

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