Because not enough was written about David Ortiz during his farewell tour with the Red Sox last year, the retired slugger has joined forces with sportswriter/radio host Michael Holley to crank out an autobiography titled Papi. Ortiz, who has a home nearby in Weston, will be at Wellesley Books on May 18 from 6-8pm to sign copies of the book.
As you might imagine, there are lots of rules around this event to keep it from getting unruly. If you’d like to meet Big Papi and get him to sign your book you’ll need to buy a copy at Wellesley Books after 9am on May 16 and get a ticket that confirms you bought the book from the store and indicates your place in the signing line on the 18th. You can also buy tickets by phone, but there will be no online sales. He won’t be signing memorabilia or taking candid photos (though a store employee will be available to take pictures of you while you get your book signed).
I just got through taking the Wellesley Free Library’s Strategic Planning Survey and am relieved to say that I got at least one answer correct! (Though I don’t quite get the order in which choices are presented…)
It’s a comprehensive survey, but worth doing to help WFL review where it’s at and where it should head. The results will help the library system crank out a 5-year strategic plan, which could include everything from adding cafes and meeting spaces where you wouldn’t have to whisper to providing personalized reading/viewing recommendations a la Amazon or Netflix.
The annual Authors on Stage event at the Wellesley College Club takes place on Tuesday, May 2 from 9:45-noon, featuring breakfast followed by talks by three authors.
Writer and performer Jenny Allen’s new book, Would Everybody Please Stop: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas is a collection of humorous essays about her attempts to make sense of the baffling and oftentimes annoying vicissitudes of daily life (and there I am, trying to figure out what vicissitudes are). Her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New Yorker to More and the recent anthology Fifty Funniest American Writers. She lives in New York.
Alan Burdick in Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation takes us on a personal quest to better understand the clocks inside us. Burdick, a prior National Book Award finalist, is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
Andrew Forsthoefel, author of Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time, embarked on a cross-country trek after graduating from Middlebury College in 2011. This memoir is told through the stories of people he met and spoke with – people of all ages, races, and life styles. Forsthoefel lives in Northampton.
Register online here: https://www.wellesley.edu/alumnae/volunteer/volunteerresources/authorsonstage# or use the form below.
Questions: [email protected] 781-237-0030
The Wellesley College Club presents a special buffet lunch for $16 per person, including tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, please call the Wellesley College Club directly at 781-283-2700 and mention that you are attending Authors on Stage.
Join World of Wellesley on Thursday, April 6, 7pm – 9pm at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St., for a community discussion about the book, Born on Third Base, led by author Chuck Collins.
As the great-grandson of Oscar Meyer, Collins grew up in a wealthy and advantaged family. He considers himself part of the privileged 1 percent, “born on third base,” with only a short hop to make it to home plate. But Collins believes it’s time for our society to come to a different home, one where inequality is addressed in a new way, where the economy can be made more inclusive, and where the 1 percent can engage with the other 99 to become partners in transforming the future. Written in a well-crafted, conversational style, Collins’ latest is a gentle yet clear reminder to readers that real change starts by looking outside ourselves and making even the smallest connection with others.