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 2017 Ipswich Reads... One Book!

The Ipswich Public Library presents its 13th annual "Ipswich Reads...One Book!" series with a
month-long celebration this October. The featured reading selection this year is Romantic Outlaws: the Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, by Charlotte Gordon. Several book discussion groups will take place, both at the library and other community locations. Copies are available to borrow at the library in a variety of formats. Learn more about the book at this link.


In addition to the book discussions, we are featuring several special events and programs. The complete schedule can be found on the library website at

Highlights include: 


Thursday, October 26th at 7—9 PM at the Ipswich Public Library

Keynote Speaker Charlotte Gordon


Our 2017 Ipswich Reads...One Book author Charlotte Gordon will read from and discuss her book, Romantic Outlaws. Copies of Ms. Gordon's books will be available for purchase.

Romantic Outlaws won the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. Earlier works include Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet - a Massachusetts Honor book for non-fiction - and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths.



In 2012, she was selected as the Rose Thering Fellow by the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin.


PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited for this program!
Reserve your seat at THIS LINK or by calling the library. 


Friday, October 20th at 6:30—7:30 PM at the Ipswich Public Library

Special Music Engagement


"The Motivic Monster: A musical and animated exploration of ideas and thoughts inspired by celebrated author Mary Shelley" 


This special presentation will include discussion about the process of creative development and will premier new music and sights by: Brian Price on reeds, Thomas Palance on percussion and trumpet, and Chris Florio on guitar and animation.


Film Screening: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Sunday, October 22nd at 1:30 PM

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this version is widely believe to be the most faithful film adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel.

This film is rated R. Patrons are responsible for their own viewing.



A Celebration of Women and Poetry

Presented by the Ipswich Poetry Group

Saturday, October 14th at 2 PM

Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley each in their own ways led unconventional, creative lives, and transformed the world with their words. Join Ipswich Poetry Group for a celebration of groundbreaking feminist poetry from the past and the present, from Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich to slam poets active in Boston today. This session will include a short open mic; anyone is welcome to bring their own favorite feminist poem to share. 






















































































































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