Monday, April 29, 2019

May Author Talk: Lorenz J. Finison

Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels, by Lorenz J. Finison
Tuesday, May 14, 2019—Noon to 1:00pm
State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, Massachusetts State House

Are you a Boston history buff or a cycling enthusiast (or both)? If so, then our next author talk is for you! Join us at the State Library at noon on Tuesday, May 14, for a presentation by historian and avid cyclist Lorenz J. Finison, author of the new book Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels.

Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance shares the stories of cycling hobbyists, racers, commuters, bike builders, and others who have participated in the resurgence of bicycling in Boston since the 1970s. The book delves into the difficulties of deciding where bikes belong in the Boston area: on the roads? Bikeways? The T? Among other topics, the book also explores the challenges faced by Boston-area African-American and women cyclists over the years.

Author Lorenz J. Finison is a public health consultant and bicycling historian who has taught at several area universities, including Harvard and Boston University. He is a founding member of Cycling Through History, a nonprofit organization that links cyclists with maps and information about African-American heritage and history in Massachusetts. Since 2015, he has helped to establish the Bicycling History Collection in the UMass Boston University Archives & Special Collections. In addition to this latest book, Dr. Finison is the author of the 2014 book Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society.

Copies of both of Dr. Finison’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of his talk. Boston’s Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance will be available for $20 (cash or check), and Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900 will be available for $25.

We invite you to register in advance, and we look forward to seeing you on May 14 at the State Library!

Laura Schaub
Cataloging Librarian

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