Georges_Confederate PrisonersWhat better way to send off a New England summer than by learning about the real “Shutter Islands”—the Boston Harbor Islands—and even endeavoring to pay them a last-minute visit? This August is your chance to get in touch with the city’s natural resources courtesy of UPP author Christopher Klein, whose indispensable Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is essential for the adventure-loving northeasterner’s soul. Chris will be spouting his signature charm, which includes an astounding array of Boston Harbor Island knowledge, at the following upcoming events—so anchors away!

Wednesday, August 7: Navigate to the Peabody Institute Library at 7:00 pm to hear Chris speak about the “stranger than fiction” history of Boston’s 34 harbor islands. The account of Boston’s maritime past is best for lovers of mystery, comedy, romance, drama, and everything in between.

Thursday, August 8: If you’re bummed that you’ve missed Chris’s talk in Peabody (or if you liked it so much that you need to experience it again), Chris will make an appearance at Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover at 7:00 pm. Added bonus? This summer, Stevens will be offering free Boston Harbor Island Museum passes and coupons for ferry discounts to attendees.

Monday, August 19: Audiences at the Edgewood Retirement Community, take note! Be prepared to hear stories from Chris about ghosts, shipwrecks, POWs, and the Revolutionary War on the islands at this event, which starts at 7:30 pm and lasts one hour.

Wednesday, August 21:  As part of Rockport Public Library’s Meet the Author series, Chris will be sharing his island savvy with a community audience. We hope you enjoy it!

BHI_Cover_2011_print-1Chris is also the author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston, and his work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, New England Travel, National Geographic Traveler, and on ESPN.com.

Don’t forget to bring your copy of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands to these events: Chris will be happy to sign it! If you don’t own one yet, don’t worry—the book will be on sale at each lecture. Happy exploring!