Upcoming Talks




24th May 2018, Boston, MA

A talk on READING JACKIE in connection with a photography group show at Canvas Fine Arts. Topics to be covered: Jackie's books on photography and her views on working women. In the former Sotheby's building, 67 & 1/​2 Chestnut Street in Beacon Hill. Wine and cheese. 6 to 8 pm.


2nd August 2018 Duxbury, MA

A talk on PRINCE HARRY BOY TO MAN and MRS QUEEN TAKES THE TRAIN at the Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02332. 7 to 8 pm.



Invite Me to Talk:

I can talk on a number of different topics including:

1 Light-Hearted Laughter at Queen Victoria's Court
2 A Hundred Books that Reveal the Passions and the Humor of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
3 Between Academic History and Pop Culture: How I Wrote Fan Fiction about the Queen of England and Prince Harry
4 My Writing Journey I: How to Stop Being a Boring Academic & Reach a Broader Audience
5 My Writing Journey II: From Six-Figure Advances to Self-Publishing in a Bathrobe
6 The Erotic Misadventures of Lord Byron
7 Tennessee Williams vs Lillian Hellman

I'm happy to organize a talk and discussion at whatever length you need wherever you'd like. I've appeared at bookstores, club lunches, libraries, museums, churches, retirement centers, and academic seminars. I've called in via Skype to visit book groups. Don't hesitate to send me a line here if you'd like to discuss a possible engagement. Click here to discuss an event with me.



SOME RECENT EVENTS

The One Dalton Suite of the Four Seasons Hotel (Boston, MA), The Old North Church (Boston, MA), Bestsellers Books (Medford, MA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Colony Club (New York, NY), Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA), WGBH Downton Abbey Evening (Boston, MA), Newtonville Books (Newton, MA), Boston Public Library, Warwick's (La Jolla, CA), Scranton Public Library (Scranton, PA), Litchfield Public Library (Litchfield, CT), Geer Village (Canaan, CT)


This is a 44 minute audio podcast of my presentation on Prince Harry on September 14, 2017 at the Boston Athenaeum.


In 2016 the curator of Prints & Drawings at the Boston Athenaeum, Catharina Slautterback, invited me and two other writers to compose a piece inspired by her exhibition. My piece is also part of a work in progress on John Singer Sargent & Isabella Gardner. The other writer/​speakers are Newberry Award winner Jack Gantos, and NEA award winning poet Jill McDonough. I come on at minute 6:20.




I talked about the publishing career of Jacqueline Onassis at the Boston Athenaeum. How do the books she chose to publish reflect on who she was?


This is a funny video of me cracking up at Geer Village book talk. Sometimes I take myself too seriously, but when two members of the audience told me how bored they were, I couldn't help but laugh.