Matt Bloom + Richard Wise

Monday February 17: 7:30PM 8:30PM

This event is free to attend. [ RSVP here to attend. ] Copies of Salt of the Nation and Redlined will be available for purchase at the event.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of:

Salt of the Nation by Matt Bloom: This is the story of Harry McBride, a disillusioned gravel plant worker who impulsively slugs the Republican presidential nominee during a campaign photo-op and instantly becomes America’s most famous fugitive and newest hero.

by Richard Wise: The year is 1974. Boston’s Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege. The banks have redlined the neighborhood, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner’s lifetime investments and opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Someone is systematically torching abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain? Written by a former Alinsky-trained organizer and based on true events, Redlined tells the very human story of a dedicated activist and his young researcher who uncover a plot destined to destroy a vibrant neighborhood. Redlined exposes the unscrupulous actors who make big money off a community’s shattered dreams.

Join us on the 2nd floor Art Department for a reading with Matt Bloom and Richard Wise.

Matt Bloom is an anti-money laundering investigator who lives in New York City with his wife, Shelley Simmons-Bloom, and their cat, Bunny. His three previous novels are Blue Paradise (1998), A Death in the Hamptons (2002), and The Last Romantic (2005). His children’s books are Hello, My Name is Bunny! (2016) and Hello, My Name is Bunny! London (2018)




Richard Wise is the author of three books. The author's first book, Secrets of the Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide to Precious Gemstones, was originally published in 2003. Mr. Wise's second book, The French Blue, a historical novel published in 2010, was the winner of a 2011 International Book Award in Historical Fiction. Redlined, a mystery thriller, is the author’s third book and will be released October 1st 2019. He is a former professional community organizer who ran organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the 1970s. He became a goldsmith and Graduate Gemologist in the 1980s and began traveling internationally and writing about gemstones in 1986. His articles have appeared in Gems & Gemology and many other industry publications. He is a former Gemology Columnist for National Jeweler and a Contributing Editor to Gem Market News. He currently writes a book review column in Gemmology Today.