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Kingston Library to Host Program on New JFK Biography

  • Robert Knox
| Apr. 16, 2021

Many readers on the South Shore can't get enough nonfiction, especially history, according to Kingston librarian Al Ealy.

Ealy, who puts together a regular "Author Talks" series for the Kingston Public Library, said programs on nonfiction tend to draw strong public interest. That’s one reason the library's current season of talks has loaded up on historical topics: Boston architecture, Abraham Lincoln, and the Kennedy family.

"Nonfiction talks do better than fiction," Ealy said. "When it comes to history in particular, they are well attended."

The library will host a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Fredrik Logevall on his biography "JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956," the first volume of a projected two-volume biography that includes new archival material from the Kennedy Presidential Library.

The online program will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Register at

Logevall said his biography of JFK is a fresh examination of America's youngest and first Catholic president. "None of the previous books about JFK really does what I'm trying to do here, to put his life fully into the context of his time," he said in an interview....

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Knox, Robert."Kingston Library to Host Program on New JFK Biography." The Boston Globe, April 16, 2021.

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