Time: October 13, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Charlestown Branch Library
Street: 179 Main Street
Website or Map: http://www.bpl.org/branches/c…
Event Type: holiday, gathering, halloween, book, reading
Organized By: Mary Curtin (of the Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library)
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2011
The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library presents Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night with Lesley Bannatyne. Free and open to everyone, with a book signing and reception following.
Halloween is the first book to delve into the popular culture of 21st century Halloween through the eyes and words of its celebrants. An illustrated collection of interviews and essays, Halloween Nation looks at what makes Halloween one of America's most creative and wildly popular contemporary holidays.
Lesley Bannatyne is an author who writes on folklore and popular culture. She is also a freelance journalist, covering
stories ranging from local druids to relief aid in Bolivia. One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Bannatyne has shared her knowledge on television
specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel ("The Haunted History of Halloween"), with Time Magazine, National Geographic, and Slate, and has given talks at venues as diverse as the 2000 Halloween Convergence in
New Orleans and the St. Louis Art Museum. She contributed the Halloween article to World Book
Encyclopedia. Recently, she, with many brave compatriots, held the Guinness World Record for "Largest Halloween Gathering," from October 2007-09. http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~bannatyn/