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This summer is the season of celebrities at the Duxbury Free Library.
With big name authors and exciting new events, Duxbury Free Library Director Carol Jankowski and Brooke McDonough, of Westwinds Bookshop, are excited for this year’s annual Bookbreeze event.
“We have a lot of high-end authors coming our way this summer,” McDonough said. “A lot of superstars.”
The Bookbreeze season kicks off on June 10 with a visit from Sue Miller and J. Courtney Sullivan, who will both present and discuss their recent works.
“Sue Miller is new and is a great author,” McDonough said. “We’ve had Courtney Sullivan here before and she’s fabulous.” For those readers interested in sports, author and Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan will present his book, “Scribe: My life in sports,” on June 17.
“This will be right in time for Father’s Day, which we thought was quite fitting,” Jankowski said.
This year, Bookbreeze will also cater to bee enthusiasts with a visit from Noah Wilson-Rich, who will discus his book, “The Bee: A Natural History.” McDonough said she is excited for this particular event because each year she tries to do something “quirky” within Bookbreeze and beekeeping has recently gotten a lot of buzz, so she said she is looking forward to inviting bee enthusiasts to the library on June 13.
Jankowski said she is especially looking forward to this year’s Friends of the Library Gala, which will be held on June 24 and will feature Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. To kick off that event, Jankowski will read the first chapter of Brooks’ novel, “Caleb’s Crossing,” at the Duxbury Senior Center on Tuesday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m.
Also new this year will be a multi-community event, dubbed “Three towns: One Boston Girl.” For this event, the communities of Duxbury, Kingston and Marshfield will read Anita Diamant’s “The Boston Girl,” and will gather at the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 5 to hear Diamant read an excerpt from the book. Marianne Leone, author of “Jesse” will MC the event. Tickets are required for this event. The $5 charge for the ticket can be applied toward the purchase of “The Boston Girl” at Westwinds Bookshop.
“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” McDonough said. “Anita Diamant is a huge author and we are looking forward to her coming to town.”
This year, the Bookbreeze finale will be focused on the novel, “Flight of the Sparrow.” The library will again team up with the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, as well as Carolyn Ravenscroft, to discuss what they call “facts in fiction.”
“Carolyn is brilliant,” Mc-Donough said. “She will talk about the book and the facts and will start the discussion. When you read historical fiction, you always have those moments when you wonder to yourself which parts are true and which are fictional, and now we get to find out.”
To learn more about this year’s Bookbreeze event or to register online, visit duxburyfreelibrary. org.