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October 2006

Local Author’s Local Appearances

Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, will make several area appearances to promote his latest book, Easter Rising: An Irish American Coming Up from Under.

MacDonald will give a reading at the Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley, on October 30 at 7 p.m., and on November 1 he will be signing copies of his new work at 12:30 p.m. at the Borders bookstore in Downtown Crossing.

You can also hear him online on the Boston College radio station, WZBC, October 30 at 5:45 p.m.; and on the MIT radio station, WMBR, on November 2 at 10:15 a.m. or later in the day in the station’s online archives.

The new book has been getting a lot of press, and MacDonald’s MySpace page has reviews, articles and an opinion piece he wrote for the Boston Globe about the new movie The Departed, plus photos, music, and video clips of his influences.

The Library has copies of both All Souls and Easter Rising to check out – but if you want one signed, you’ll have to get your own.

Logging in to ‘My Account’ – minor change

In the past, Wheelock patrons have needed to enter a ‘111320’ prefix + barcode to reserve items or access the My Account features in the FLO Catalog – the new Fenway One Card includes this prefix, so the extra step is not necessary.

A reminder: Patrons can use the My Account option to review items you have currently checked out, renew materials, and check on the status of items you have requested from other libraries. Please contact the library circulation desk at or 617-879-2220 if you are accessing your account for the first time and need the default PIN number.

Haunted, and Historical, Happenings

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it’s time for the city of Salem’s annual Haunted Happenings. But it’s not all about spooks and goblins – there’s plenty of history, literature and seaside fun for everyone.

The city is famous for the Salem Witch Trials, and many of the events this weekend and next focus on the hysteria of 1692. The Library has numerous books about the trials as well as a play based on the events, The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Use the subject heading “witchcraft” to search the FLO catalog for a full list of topics.

But Salem also is the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novel The House of the Seven Gables was inspired by the home of the same name. Also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, the house is open for tours, and the campus constitutes its own national historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Among the six buildings on site is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, which was moved from a few blocks away on Union Street. Hawthorne’s writings and critiques of his works are available in the Library.

If you need a little pick-me-up, cross the street to Ye Olde Pepper Companie, a candy company started in 1806 whose Gibralters are said to be the first commercially produced candy in America.

Of course there are many other options for fun. Check, the website of Destination Salem, for a visitor’s guide, maps, calendar of events and more.

To get to Salem, take the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail train from North Station to Salem Depot for $3.75 each way. It’s a five-minute walk from there to the Visitor Center, where you will find maps and other information about many of the main attractions, most of which are within a mile of the Visitor Center.

Searching for new titles in the FLO catalog

If you want to find out about the Library’’s latest acquisitions, click here or select the New Titles tab at the top of the Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) Catalog to refine your search. Searches can be limited by location, keyword, and period (1 to 4 weeks), and can be sorted by title, author and call number. Our newer titles include:





The envelope please

Winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes are being announced this month. Honors in medicine, physics and chemistry have been presented already; prizes in economics, peace and literature are still to come.

The Nobel Prize has been given to more than 750 individuals and 18 organizations since 1901. Visit for a complete list of winners, including biographical information and video clips of Nobel highlights, symposia and lectures; pictures and descriptions of the medals presented to the honorees; and even play games relating to Nobel Prize-winning discoveries.

The Library has works by and about many of the Nobel laureates, including The double helix; a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA by the 1962 winner in medicine, James D. Watson; Marie Curie and her daughter Irene, about the only mother-daughter pair to win Nobel prizes; and several of the works of Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.

A Boston University professor, Wiesel will give a series of lectures on “The Fascination with Jewish Tales” this month at BU. The lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.