We know there’s nothing like a lazy summer day, but you wouldn’t want to miss these great author events in the upcoming months. Cool down at the Community Boating Boathouse on the Esplanade with Christopher Klein and join him and Meg Muckenhoupt at two Westborough Public Library events for a new grasp on hidden gems in your own backyard:

Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores The blockbuster movie Shutter Island was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but the true stories of the Boston Harbor Islands are even stranger than fiction. Join author Christopher Klein as he takes you on a virtual tour through the colorful history and natural beauty of one of our best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Hear tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place on “the real Shutter Islands” and get inspired to leave port and visit this urban oasis.

-Thursday, July 22, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Christopher Klein at Community Boating Boathouse on the Esplanade, 21 David Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02116

-Thursday, August 12, 7PM, Christopher Klein at Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St, Westborough, MA 01581

Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces Meg Muckenhoupt will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces, which provides readers with a new way to explore the city’s public spaces. Come and learn about the history and reinvention of green Boston, including the Esplanade, the waterfront, and the newly created Big Dig parks. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. This free program is open to the public and is cosponsored by the Friends of the Westborough Public Library.

-Thursday, July 29, 7PM, Meg Muckenhoupt at Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St, Westborough, MA 01581