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Zoom in June Book Talks
Join us for our" Zoom in June" book talks on Thursday evenings to meet book specialists and authors. Live webinar sessions are free to the public, with pre-registration for individual lectures. You can also watch live on Facebook or view programs after airdate.

Thursday, June 3rd, 6:30 pm, the series kicks off with "The Joys of Antiquarian Books" with Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston and also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. Gloss shares stories of old and rare books, describe some of the joys of the "hunt," and explains what makes a book valuable. Q&A your antiquarian book questions!

June 10th at 7 pm
"The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World," with John Forti - a leader in the global 'Slow Food' movement and noted New England horticulturist, Forti celebrates gardening as a craft and shares plants, lore, and traditional practices that reconnect us with the natural world in inspiring ways.

June 17th at 7 pm
"Paper Trail," with Judith Campbell
The third in the Viridienne Greene Mystery Series, "Paper Trail" involves plenty of familiar Plymouth scenery with an unusual series of forgeries, thefts and a one-eyed cat. Local author Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell – a novel kind of minister – will talk about using local scenes and real people in fictional settings. Campbell also authors the popular Olympia Brown mystery series.

June 24th at 7 pm
"Minds and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren,"
with Jeffrey H. Hacker
Minds and Hearts is the dual biography of two remarkable siblings, James Otis Jr., firebrand attorney and agitator during the Revolution, and Mercy Otis Warren, who embraced the patriot cause with equal passion. Independent scholar Jeff Hacker places them together in the incendiary Revolutionary spotlight for the first time in this new book.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.


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Speakers

John Forti
Executive Director @Bedrock Garden
John Forti, currently Executive Director at Bedrock Garden in Lee, N.H., formerly Director of the Massachusetts Horticulture Society, and past Curator of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum, has been an influential garden guru throughout the New England region and beyond. His advocacy of the global “Slow Foods” movement has garnered international attention, he has written widely on food and horticulture, and serves as chair of the board of Herb Society of America’s New England Unit. His new book is based on his widely popular Facebook blogposts as The Heirloom Gardener.
Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell
Author
Ordained Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell brings a divinely trained eye to the world of murder mysteries, with advanced degrees in religious studies and fine arts. Author of the popular Olympia Brown mysteries and the newer Viridienne Greene series set in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Campbell's sleuths are strong, intelligent women who spiritedly navigate unexpected challenges in today's changing world.
Jeffrey Hacker
Jeffrey H. Hacker is an independent scholar from North Carolina but spent most of his working life in Connecticut and New York as a reference book editor, publishing manager, and freelance writer. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Grolier Encyclopedia of Knowledge in Danbury, CT, where he also served as editorial director of the electronic publishing division and its flagship title, the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. "Minds and Hearts" is his first original work for general and academic audiences.