Christopher Klein Author & Freelance Writer

Upcoming Author Events

June 7, 2015
2-4 PM

Strong Boy: The Life and Times of 
John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero
Book Signing

 
Beara Irish Brewing Company
2800 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Book Christopher

Christopher is an experienced and skilled public speaker who enjoys sharing entertaining and amazing stories of history with audiences. He has spoken at nearly 100 libraries, historical societies, bookstores, schools, lifelong learning programs, and other institutions. Christopher is available for book signings and lectures on the following topics:

Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands
The blockbuster movie “Shutter Island” was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but the true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands are even stranger than fiction. Author Christopher Klein takes you on a virtual tour through the colorful history and natural beauty of one of our best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Hear tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place on “the real Shutter Islands” and get inspired to leave port and visit this urban oasis. (45 minutes plus Q&A) To view Christopher's lecture on the Boston Harbor Islands (delivered at the New England Aquarium), click here
 

John L. Sullivan: America's First Sports Superstar
John L. Sullivan lived large. He had a large ego, large appetites for women and booze, and a larger-than-life personality that captivated Gilded Age America. The “Boston Strong Boy” was the last of the bare-knuckle boxing champions and the first Irish-American idol—a mighty symbol of ascendant Celtic power a generation after the potato famine. Grab a ringside seat to the colorful tale of the hard-hitting, hard-drinking boxer who became America’s first sports superstar. Travel back in time to the birth of American celebrity culture and learn how Sullivan’s decade-long reign launched America’s modern sporting obsession. (45 minutes plus Q&A)

A History of Boston Sports: From Playful Puritans to Football Patriots
Sports are much more than just a recreational outlet for Bostonians. Sports are intricately woven into the cultural fabric of the city and reflect the Hub’s heart and soul. But, surprisingly, the city’s love affair with sports was far from preordained. Author Christopher Klein talks about Boston’s legendary sports history, offers tips to guide you through the city’s sports scene, and provides some lesser-known facts that’ll test the knowledge of even the most die-hard fan. This fun event will have something for rookies and old-timers alike. (45 minutes plus Q&A)

Hidden History of New England
History lurks around every corner of New England, and every American schoolchild learns the tales of Pilgrims and patriots who lurked in this corner of the country. But look beneath the familiar surface, and you’ll discover an even richer collection of hidden history. In this talk, Christopher Klein will sweep the cobwebs off some of these forgotten historical stories, such as the court-martial of Paul Revere, the quirky history of Plymouth Rock, the “Ice King” who made a fortune shipping frozen water around the world, the myths of the Boston Tea Party, and the New England town swept up in a witchcraft hysteria decades before Salem. (45 minutes plus Q&A)

For availability and pricing, e-mail chris@christopherklein.com.


Testimonials

"Your program was so fabulous! You had the largest audience I've ever had at 'Monday Mornings' - I've been running it for over 6 years. Everyone raved about it and it is always great to hear the audience laugh and respond the way they did to you. I loved that you sprinkled in humor based on the audience's familiarity with local politics and character. It's the kind of program any event planner hopes for."
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Robin Flynn, Beverly Public Library

"We had a full house for the Boston Harbor Islands talk, and the audience raved about all the unique tidbits that Christopher shared in his lecture."--Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre, Framingham Public Library