Alan Lightman Reading and Auditions for the Concord Players Next Show

Lightman's new novel to be featured at a Thursday Author Series at the library, and the Concord Players hold auditions for their next show.

Good morning, and welcome to a brand new week! Did you remember to turn your clocks back yesterday? What did you do with your extra hour – something worthwhile, I hope?

Before I forget, I’ve been meaning to tell you about the lunch Maureen and I had recently at Dabblers. The sandwiches were lovely, but the brownies were to die for. Honestly, they were the best brownies EVER. My favorite was the sea salt caramel – brownies with caramel oozing out of the middle – but the mint and raspberry ones were just as melt-in-your-mouth delicious. You don’t even have to pretend you’re there for the crafts: Just walk to the back of the store and survey the goods. I still have to get over there to check out the peanut butter one.

OK, now to the real news of the day: This Thursday, Nov. 8, is another talk in the Thursday Author Series over at the Main Library. Alan Lightman -- the Concord resident, renowned physicist and author -- will be discussing his critically acclaimed latest book, “Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation.”

Lightman is a modern-day Renaissance Man: His essays and articles have appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among others, and he has a Ph.D in theoretical physics. Not only that, he’s won numerous science awards, including the Gemant Award of the American Institute of Physics for linking science to the humanities. And his novel “The Diagnosis” was a finalist for the National Book Award in the fiction category. And that’s just the tip of his impressive credentials iceberg.

This latest book is the story of creation as told by the big guy himself, God. It has received accolades from all over, including the New York Times Book Review, which called it “a soulful riff on the birth and eventual demise of our universe.” Pretty impressive.

In his not-so-spare time, Lightman is Professor of Humanities at MIT; he has also been on the faculty at Harvard University. I have no doubt his talk will be fascinating and engaging, and you can hear him at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday in the Periodicals Room of the library. A Q&A, book signing, and sales, courtesy of the Concord Bookshop, happens after, and the whole event is free. Thank you, Friends of the Library!

Stage Fright

Listen, winter is coming, like it or not, with short days and long, dark nights. And once the glitz and glamour of the holidays is done, there’s nothing to look forward to but the cold, bleak days of January and February. How to keep busy night after night?

Well, you could spend your winter nights with a great group of fun people, pretending to be someone else. Like a murderer, or a society gal. But first, you’ll have to audition for the role. Yes, the Concord Players are having auditions for their winter show this Thursday night at from 7 to 10 pm, and again on Saturday, November 10, from 1 to 4 pm. The show is “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” but don’t be fooled: It ISN’T a musica,l so your vocal expertise is not an issue here. It’s a comedy with passageways, secret panels, and murder, and there are five women and five men, so plenty of roles for interested folks. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script, which you can take a look at over at both branches of our library – always a good idea before showing up to audition.

The show will run for three weekends in February, from the 8th through the 23rd. For complete details, check out the Players’ website.

And now, I’m heading over to get that brownie…

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