Public Program- Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 7:30pm


"Behind Blindspot"
by Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky

Accomplished historians Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky have turned their talents to writing a novel, entitled Blindspot. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot is at once fiction and history, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Peopled not only with the celebrated Sons of Liberty but also with revolutionary Boston's unsung inhabitants (women and servants, hawkers and rogues and pickpocket). Blindspot restores the humanity, the humor, and the sex to the story of the American Revolution. In this program Lepore and Kamensky will share both the novel and the process by which it was created.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her most recent book, New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan (2005), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History; winner of the New York City Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Award; and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the author of A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States (2002); Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents (1999); and The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity (1998), winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, and the Berkshire Prize.

Jane Kamensky is Chair of the Department of History at Brandeis University. She is the author, most recently, of The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse (Viking, 2008). Her other major publications include Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (Oxford University Press, 1997); and The Colonial Mosaic: American Women, 1600-1760 (Oxford University Press, 1995). A member of the editorial boards of the Journal of American History, the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Massachusetts Historical Review, Kamensky co-founded Common-place, an award-winning online journal sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society that she and Jill Lepore created and co-edited from 2000 to 2004.

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