Distinguished Mystery Novelist Robert B. Parker to Speak at Boston University and to Open the Exhibition of His New Archive

in Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
March 21st, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University together with Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center are hosting a lecture by the distinguished mystery/crime novelist Robert B. Parker. The New York Times best-selling author will speak about his life and career, as well as about the latest book in his Jesse Stone series, High Profile. In addition to Parker’s address, the evening includes a reception, book signing and an opportunity to view the exhibition of his newly established archive.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Time: 5:30 PM reception/exhibition viewing/book signing, 6:00 PM address
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Library members and BU students, $25 per person for the public
Tickets/Contact: For tickets/more information, call 617-353-3697 or email friends@bu.edu.

High Profile, published in February 2007, is a continuation of the Jesse Stone character that Parker first introduced in 1997’s Night Passage. In this first novel, Stone takes the job of chief of police in a small Massachusetts town after being ousted by the Los Angeles police force. In High Profile, Stone struggles to make sense of a double homicide involving a divisive talk show host and his pregnant mistress.

Parker is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the Spenser novels and the Sunny Randall series, in addition to the Jesse Stone series, all of which are regular fixtures on the national bestseller lists. His writing career began in 1973 with the publication of his first novel, The Godwulf Manuscript, a detective story in the classic tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Parker’s books were so popular that the Raymond Chandler estate asked him to complete an unfinished manuscript from the late author, which resulted in Poodle Springs (1989). In addition, Parker wrote the sequel to Chandler’s The Big Sleep – Perchance to Dream: Robert B. Parker’s Sequel to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep (1991). Also of note, a request by actress Helen Hunt for a story of a female investigator she might play in a feature film result in Parker’s Family Honor (1999).

Over the next several months, Parker will introduce two additional new novels. Edenville Owls, his first Young Adult novel is due out on April 25 and Spare Change, the latest installment in the Sunny Randall series is due out on June 12.

The archive of Robert B. Parker is a recent addition to the illustrious roster of the more than 2,000 notable figures whose papers are collected at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. An exhibition profiling his life and work, which includes original book manuscripts with handwritten edits, letters and other unique papers, will be featured at the event in Metcalf Hall. The following day, the exhibition will be open for public viewing on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Avenue), where it will be on display during regular library hours through April 2007.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. Researchers from all over the world are welcomed and the Center presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents and alumni as well as various visiting groups. For more information contact archives@bu.edu, call 617-353-3696 or visit www.bu.edu/archives.

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