New England, the quirky and quaint
Ted Reinstein, who has been roaming the region for WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle” for about 15 years, shares his favorite characters and places in his newly published “New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories” (Globe Pequot). He visits the Plumbing Museum in Watertown and stops by the Massachusetts State Archives to scrutinize Paul Revere’s expense report for his midnight ride. (It totals about $1,000 in today’s dollars.)
Reinstein marvels over the frescoes at the former Woonsocket, R.I., church known as “America’s Sistine Chapel,” now St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, and in 2000 he got hooked on the Speed Dog, a charcoal-grilled hot dog marinated in apple cider and brown sugar and sold out of a truck at Newmarket Square.
He’ll be sharing stories at the Boston Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Enough to give you chills
Earlier this month Channel 7 reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan’s “The Other Woman” (Forge) won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, which honors a novel written in the Clark tradition. The award honors a book that features an intelligent and upstanding young woman who solves crimes. Mystery Writers of America also honored Dennis Lehane’s “Live by Night” (HarperCollins) with the Edgar Award for best novel. Now he has his very own bust of Edgar Allan Poe, the award’s namesake.
Honoring Poe in turn
Meanwhile, plans to erect a life-size bronze statue of Poe near his birthplace in Boston are moving forward. Paul Lewis, chairman of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation, reports that the Poe lines to be inscribed on the six pages flying out of the writer’s half-opened suitcase have been selected. They include “ ‘Villains!’ I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed! — tear up the planks! — here, here! — it is the beating of his hideous heart!’
To raise funds for the statue and share his knowledge of Poe’s life, Lewis is leading 90-minute walking tours highlighting the author’s connections to Boston. Tours leave from the corner of Boylston and Charles streets at noon on May 26 and June 23. Tickets are $15.
And more awards
B.A. Shapiro’s “The Art Forger” (Algonquin), a novel built around the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is the winner of the Boston Authors Club’s Julia Ward Howe Award. Howe was a poet, abolitionist, and the club’s first president, serving from 1900 to 1909.
Terry Farish’s “The Good Braider” (Skyscape), a novel written in free verse about a Sudanese teen caught between two cultures when her family settles in Portland, Maine, is the winner of the club’s Young Readers Award.
Poet Louise Glück and novelist Lois Lowry will receive lifetime achievement awards at a reception honoring this year’s winners at 11 a.m. May 30 at the Boston Public Library.
■ “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending” by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton (Simon & Schuster)
■ “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley” by Keith Koeneman (University of Chicago)
■ “The Redeemer” by Jo Nesbo (Knopf)
Pick of the week
Marilyn Raclette of Book Ends in Winchester recommends “Lego Man in Space: A True Story” written and illustrated by Mara Shaughnessy (Sky Pony): “This picture book has some interesting scientific information for an older child as well as instructions to build a balloon-powered rocket ship and parachute to send your own Lego man into space.”Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com. Follow her on Twitter @JanLGardner.