The Fife is Right: Literary Boston

WED, APR 1, 2015 (1:28:44)

Beantown bibliophiles unite! Whether your interest is Transcendental tales, American poetry, famed publishers, or the history of censorship that gave rise to the term “banned in Boston” – join us for an evening of spirited rivalry as you challenge your own knowledge of Boston’s literary past against two teams of local experts. In this fast-paced, live-action quiz show, the audience is part of the event, offering life-lines, voting on answers and more. This quiz show goes far beyond any trivia game, providing information with our answers so that you leave an expert!

Contestants include: Barry DeVincke, Sharon Shaloo, Henry David Thoreau (portrayed by Richard Smith), L'Merchie Frazier, Louisa May Alcott (portrayed by Jan Turnquist), and Larry Lindner

Quizmaster: Susan Wilson

+ BIO: Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an independent historian. For more than a decade he has been “becoming” Thoreau: dressing up in meticulous 19th-century regalia, reading his essays in front of crowds, fielding questions (in the first person) from the public, about the man’s personal life and politics.

+ BIO: Jan Turnquist

Jan Turnquist is the founder and director of InterAct Performances, an organization devoted to the wonderful impact that living history presentations and meaningful seminars can have in the worlds of education, business, and personal enrichment.

Jan is an educator, actress, and historian. She holds her teaching certification and degrees in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She has been featured in television roles on PBS, the Fox Network, and several BBC productions. Now a consultant to Orchard House Museum, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868, she spent 18 years on staff there as Living History Coordinator, Education Coordinator, and Historic Interpreter.

Through InterAct Performances, Jan currently leads programs across the country. Her living history portrayals are popular with schools, universities, libraries, museums, civic groups, conventions, senior groups and the like. She has also developed a successful offering of seminars and workshops in order to share more of her natural talents, developed skills, and researched material with teachers, business people, students, elder hostel attenders and others.

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