Events Listing

Old Corner Bookstore

The Old Corner Bookstore; or Why Is the Most Important Literary Site in Boston A Fast-Food Court

Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Westin Copley Place Hotel - Essex Center, Third Floor

Built in 1718 on the site of Anne Hutchinson’s cottage, the Old Corner Bookstore turned 300 last year with little fanfare or fuss. As one approaches it on the Freedom Trail, one finds its most conspicuous, street-level spaces operating as fast-food restaurants. Only two sentences on a tiny plaque take note of its place in the development of American literature.

Engraving of Walt Whitman by William Hollyer, 1854 (Source: Library of Congress)

Walt Whitman at 200: The Concord Connection

Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA
On the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, join in a celebration of his work at a Whitman Poetry Reading, with commentary by Concord historian Richard Smith. Smith will illustrate the ways in which Concord residents and Transcendentalists, such as Thoreau and Emerson, supported and influenced Whitman.