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William Martin's The Lincoln Letter

Writing about aging spans both fiction and non-fiction but the characters, whether imagined or real, often face decisions about how they will use the wisdom they’ve earned as they age to shape their remaining years, and in many cases, the future of generations who follow them. 

William Martin, a local award-winning author of historical fiction including the recent best-selling novel The Lincoln Letters, will speak at Hebrew SeniorLife’s upcoming College of Retirement Living event, discussing how some of his most noted characters age in his stories, and how their aging is intertwined with the making of history, connecting personal destiny with our national destiny.

“That’s the significance of history, that we are where we are in the timeline of our nation’s story because of the decisions made by our ancestors as they moved through their lives and aged,” said Martin.  “I’m going to explore how my characters change and evolve in concert with our national destiny as they age and lived their lives.” 

Also speaking at this session of the College of Retirement Living is Olin College cultural anthropology professor and non-fiction author Caitrin Lynch. Lynch will talk about her book Retirement on the Line: Age, Work and Value In An American Factory, which focuses on the seniors who work for the Vita Needle Company in Needham well into their 70s and 80s. Her analysis of these workers’ experiences informs our understanding of aging and work in the twenty-first century.

“As a cultural anthropologist, I immersed myself at Vita Needle for nearly five years in order to learn what, on top of a paycheck, Vita Needle provides its employees.  It is my hope that readers will discover as much about their own views on aging and retirement as they do about the people at Vita Needle,” said Lynch.

To read about author William Martin and his outstanding historical fiction catalogue, visit www.williamartinbooks.com .  Read excerpts from Caitrin Lynch’s groundbreaking book at www.retirementontheline.net.

These distinguished Boston authors will present as part of our upcoming College of Retirement Living on May 15 at 1:30 pm at Orchard Cove in Canton.  For more information and to purchase a ticket good for admission to all three sessions May 8, 15 and 23, please call (781)234-9029 or link to www.hslindependentliving.com.  

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