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Kerouac Book Discussion Series - Jan. 29th - April 30th - Feat. a LIVE reading at the Pollard

The Town and the City CoverVisions of Gerard Cover Maggie Cassidy Cover

If you haven’t read anything by Kerouac yet but you know you should (and you know you should)—or if it’s been a while since you read him—now’s the time to get reading so you can take part in the free discussions UMass Lowell Libraries are hosting on three of his “Lowell” books. Namely, “The Town and the City,” “Visions of Gerard,” and “Maggie Cassidy.” The following is the full schedule of the discussions and events:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29th – 7-9pm – “The Town and the City,” Parts 1 and 2
  • Tuesday, Feb.19th – 7-9pm – “The Town and the City,” Parts 3 to 5
  • Tuesday, March 19th – 6pm-8:30pm – “Visions of Gerard,” public reading at Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell with the community group Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!
  • Tuesday, April 9th – 7-9pm – “Visions of Gerard”
  • Tuesday, April 30th – 7-9pm – “Maggie Cassidy”

The discussions will be led by UMass Lowell English Prof. Todd Tietchen.  All discussions, will be held at O’Leary Library Learning Commons at 61 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell’s South Campus. The public reading of Visions of Gerard on March 19 includes a tour of Pollard Memorial Library at 6 p.m. and the public reading will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Free copies of the other titles will be distributed at the program. Our library also has multiple copies of each of these titles for patrons to borrow. To obtain program materials for the discussions or to register, go to or contact Marks at 978-934-4581or More info about this discussion series can be found in a recent post by Paul Marion on Richard Howe’s blog.