The first, by author Kate Lombardi, featuring the book “The Mama’s Boy Myth,” will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.
Lombardi has been a regular contributor to the New York Times for 20 years including a column, “County Lines” for the paper’s regional section. She has written extensively about family life and health. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time.com, and Parenting Magazine. She is the winner of six Clarion Awards for journalism from Women in Communications. Kate received her BA from Williams College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
The second lecture, with author Jay R. Tunney, focuses on his book “The Prizefighter and the Playwright -- Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney.”
It will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in the Boca Grande Community Center auditorium as well.
Author Jay R. Tunney is the son of the famous fighter, and after presenting the acclaimed BBC radio program, “The Master and the Boy,” decided to further document his father’s friendship with Shaw. He explores in rich detail the world his father inhabited, when boxers were the sports celebrities of the era, and when it was commonplace, even then, for the rich and famous to be besieged by the paparazzi. Tunney’s extensive research included conducting more than a hundred interviews, twenty-five file drawers of letters and diaries in his family’s private collection, as well as hundreds of photographs, family movies, and postcards.
Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing at the lectures.
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