Literary Lunch Break: Dick Lehr

The Boston Literary District hates to see you eating alone at your desk. That’s why we’re putting on Literary Lunch Break! Come hear eight of Boston’s best authors speak, sign, and shmooze about their latest books right under South Station’s Destination Board. The roster includes three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Kurkjian, veteran journalist Dick Lehr, Omni Parker House historian Susan Wilson, and pediatrician and musician Lisa Wong. 

Dick Lehr 
Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited the Civil War 

New York Times bestselling author Dick Lehr (Black Mass) is out with Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War. The book examines the sway of a film that glorifies the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan juxtaposed against the efforts of a respected African American newspaper editor who tried to stop the movie from being shown in Boston. (Mayor Curley doesn’t come away looking good.) The Washington Post calls the work “fascinating,” while Booklist, in a starred review, says it is “a remarkable look at the power of mass media and the nascent civil rights movement at a pivotal time in American history.” Lehr, a former Boston Globe reporter and winner of several awards, knows how to dig into the facts — some of which occurred right at South Station where he will be speaking.

Coming Up: 

Stephen Kurkjian 
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 
June 5 

Michael Blanding 
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps 
June 12 

Susan Wilson 
Omni Parker House: "Heaven, By Hotel Standards" 
June 19