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September 16, 2013

Inaugural poet to speak at White Fund Lecture

LAWRENCE — Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American author, will present a lecture titled “Becoming an American,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Lawrence High School, 70-71 North Parish Road, as part of the Northern Essex Community College’s White Fund Lecture Series.

This event, which is free to the public, runs from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and includes a question and answer session followed by a book signing.

Blanco was selected this year by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. On Jan. 21, he read his original poem, “One Today” as an honorary participant in the official inaugural ceremony.

Blanco also penned “Boston Strong,” a poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Blanco’s poems have appeared in top literary journals including The Nation and the New Republic. He currently lives in Bethel, Maine.

For more information on this lecture contact Martha Leavit at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu. Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series. For more information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

New England Authors Book Sale announced

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill High School Classical Academy Parents Association and the New England Authors Expo will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 137 Monument St. Meet and chat with many local New England authors and publishers. Search through hundreds of publications for the newest releases and rare finds. Book subjects include fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, local history, science, and young adult. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.

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