Book Event: The Boston Castrato

by Tricia Labbe
(Boston, MA)

Wednesday, September 21 6:00-7:30 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Cost: FREE

In the new historical novel, The Boston Castrato (Barbican Press, 2016), author Colin W. Sargent captures the dizzying world of Boston in 1922. Following the story of a Neapolitan street urchin who was castrated to preserve his voice and then smuggled out of Italy, we meet members of Boston's high society, the new immigrant class, and brutal mobsters. Guest stars include Amy Lowell, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and John Singer Sargent (ancestor of the author), plus others from Boston's Brahmin families: the Cabots, Crowninshields, and Saltonstalls. Author Colin W. Sargent will discuss this exciting time in Boston's history, his own genealogical connection to the novel's historic characters, and he will read from a chapter that features the extraordinary friendship of John Singer Sargent and Isabella Stewart Gardner. Book sales and signing to follow.

About the author: Colin W. Sargent (a relation of John Singer Sargent) is a poet, playwright, novelist, and founding editor and publisher of Portland Magazine. As a helicopter pilot, Sargent was entranced by the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he has an M.F.A. from Stonecoast and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. He divides his time between the coasts of Maine, Virginia, and, when possible, the rest of the world.

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