I will be bringing copies of “Suosso’s Lane” to the Milton Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 16, to take part in a new book program called “Fall Into Reading: Meet Local Authors.” The participating authors will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their book to the public. And each of us will have a table on which to set up our books, meet with potential readers, offer books for sale, and sign them.
In anticipation of the event, last week I was interviewed by Suzette Martinez Standring, a newspaper columnist and author in her own right, for Milton Cable TV Access. The half-hour interview will run on Milton Cable TV starting some time this week. When the show goes on the air, it will also be uplinked to youtube, and I’ll post the link on this site.
Standring read “Suosso’s Lane” herself before the interview, and her questions revealed a depth of interest and response that I found very flattering. Among other elements of the story, we discussed the hard life native and immigrant workers faced in the industrial America of 100 years ago, the period’s shameful prejudice against Italian immigrants, and the women’s suffrage movement that one the of novel’s main characters devoted her life to.
“Suosso’s Lane” is based on the internationally famous Sacco and Vanzetti case. The novel follows the arrival of Italian immigrant Bartolomeo Vanzetti to Plymouth, Mass., where he settles, works as a general laborer, boards with an Italian working-class family, becomes a committed anarchist, and forms a relationship with a native-born suffragist. His conviction, along with fellow anarchist Nicola Sacco, for participation in a shoe factory payroll robbery-murder — despite the absence of substantive evidence — caused an international furor and led to widespread condemnation of American justice.
Seventy years later a young history teacher moves to Suosso’s Lane in Vanzetti’s old Plymouth neighborhood and hears rumors of lost evidence that might prove his innocence. Intrigued by Vanzetti’s story and the lessons it holds for our own day, young teacher Mill Becker risks his academic career in the search for a lost letter,
I am looking forward to meeting readers at Milton Library at next month’s “Meet Local Authors” program. It takes place in the Keys Community Room on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is located at 476 Canton Avenue, Milton.
Here’s the library’s calendar listing for the event:
A select group of award-winning authors will participate in a program called “Fall Into Reading” this afternoon. Jennifer DeLeon, Miton resident and essayist of “Wise Latinas” will emcee a discussion with local writers sharing insights into their books. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the authors and browse the wide selection of autographed titles on English gardens, stories by Boston firefighters, murder mysteries, history, essays, and young adult themes. This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.”