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Upcoming Talks

The Boston Athenaeum, June 20th, 2024, On Lord Byron


The Union Club, Boston, October 9th, 2024, On Lord Byron


Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA, Sunday Arts & Culture Series, November 10th, 2024, On Lord Byron

Some Previous Talks

Covenant Living Great Lakes (Grand Rapids, MI)

Mount Miguel (San Diego, CA)

Samarkand (Santa Barbara, CA)

The Union Club (Boston, MA)

Trident Books (Boston, MA)

The Village at Duxbury, co-sponsored by the Duxbury Free Library (Duxbury, MA)

Canvas Fine Arts (Boston, MA)

The Kit Kat Club (Columbus, OH)

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 (Boston, MA)

Warwick's (La Jolla, CA)

Scranton Public Library (Scranton, PA)

Litchfield Public Library (Litchfield, CT)

Geer Village (Canaan, CT)

Invite Me to Talk:

I can talk on any of my books, alone or in combination.  I can also talk on a number of different topics including:

1 The Past, Present & Future of the British Monarchy
2 A Hundred Books that Reveal the Personality of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
3 Why Read Lord Byron Now?
4 Late Style: Tennessee Williams & Lillian Hellman in Old Age

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 Zoom 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.

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 was in a segment of Free Thinking on the monarchy with Philip Dodd, Philip Ziegler, Sarah Bradford, Deborah Orr & John Guy.

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.