Anti-Immigrant Hysteria: Then and Now

The black-and-white photo below pictures a moment in the  round-up of immigrants in America 100 years ago. The suspicious ‘outsiders’ are white-skinned people from southern and eastern Europe — Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Greeks, Serbs, Ukrainians, Lithuanians. The mass round-up … Continue reading →

Build a Wall? Lessons From 1920

If you wanted to build a wall a hundred years ago, it would have had to be on the Atlantic. I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” at Duxbury Library on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., my first opportunity … Continue reading →

Sacco and Vanzetti in a Time of Trump

It’s a New Year. I hope 2017 is not the year in which we say goodbye to the two century-plus long experiment in American democracy. Or, equally as worrying, the beginning of a political breakdown that will lead to social … Continue reading →

I’ll Be Reading From and Speaking on “Suosso’s Lane” at Pilgrim Hall on Nov. 2

“Suosso’s Lane,” a book named after a street in North Plymouth, has some considerable history in West Bridgewater. The prosecution theory, to use the word loosely, of how Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco were involved in the robbery of the shoe … Continue reading →

I’ll Be Speaking on “Suosso’s Lane” in Norwell on Monday, Oct. 17

Do we learn from the past? Can we? Monday evening, Oct. 17, I’ll be speaking on “Suosso’s Lane” at The James Library and Center for the Arts, 24 West St., Norwell, Mass. The time is 7 p.m.; it’s free. With … Continue reading →

Robert Knox and “Suosso’s Lane” at Milton Library on Oct. 16

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 … Continue reading →

New Bookstore Hosts Sacco-Vanzetti Program

Boston’s North End, an Italian-American neighborhood for a hundred years, was hopping on a Tuesday evening last week. The neighborhood’s new book store, I AM, hosted a program that included long-suppressed film footage of the Sacco-Vanzetti funeral march, a reading … Continue reading →

I’ll Be Speaking at a New Bookstore in Boston

I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” at the I AM bookstore, 189 North St., just off Revere Square in the North End of Boston, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. A new store, I AM describes itself as … Continue reading →

I’ll be speaking on ‘Suosso’s Lane’ at Cohasset library on July 23

I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” and reading a few excerpts at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library in Cohasset, MA, next Saturday, July 23. With terrorist attacks, attempted coups, and right-wing targeting of immigrant groups, 2016 is growing … Continue reading →