Event Details

Joan Burstyn, long time summer resident of Woods Hole, will give a power-point presentation at the Woods Hole Public Library titled “Growing Up in London, England during World War II.”

As a poet and a professor emerita of history and education at Syracuse University, Joan will use photographs, newspaper articles as well as her own poems and excerpts from her diary for 1944-45 to explore the effects of the war on the citizens of London, and on her own life. Her talk will focus particularly on the effects of German air attacks endured by Londoners in the Fall of 1940 and again during the Summer of 1944.

Ms. Burstyn has spoken at the Library many times, but always before, as a poetry reading.  Joan has published four volumes of poems, and was the winner of the 2007 Milton Dorfman poetry prize. Treasures Stored for Winter was her most recent book. This autobiographical talk at the Library is a radical change from years past, but as Joan ages, she realizes she has an important story to tell.

Her presentation will be held in the Library’s lower-level meeting room, which is easily handicapped accessible from the driveway.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.