Historical Echoes of Sacco and Vanzetti at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, Mass.

My thanks to Pilgrim Hall, to all the folks who turned out for my ‘speak and read’ on “Suosso’s Lane” last night, and to director Donna Curtin who gave me a spot in the museum’s busy fall program schedule. Once … 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.┬áThe 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 →

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 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 →

What Kind of Person Was Bartolomeo Vanzetti?

What kind of person was Bartolomeo Vanzetti? According to the people who knew him, he was kind, courteous (especially to women), loved children; he was a talker, a dreamer (“he should have been a poet,” a friend said), a bachelor … Continue reading →

100 Years Ago, Wartime Inflation Causes Strikes

1916, the year Americans re-elected Woodrow Wilson — and Wilson promised to keep America out of war — was the year that workers at the Plymouth Cordage Company, the world’s leading ropemaker, went on strike for higher pay. At the … Continue reading →

Speaking at Quincy MA library on Tuesday, June 14

I have a close-to-home date to speak on “Suosso’s Lane” next week. Here’s the PR from the Crane Public Library in Quincy: Crime By the Book: Suosso’s Lane, a Modern Sacco-Vanzetti Tale “On Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. novelist … Continue reading →

Novel Stirs Immigration Memories

Sixty-five people turned up for my Authors Series program in Kingston last week, certainly more than I anticipated. It was a great evening, though I botched the challenge of holding a microphone in one hand while speaking — especially while … Continue reading →