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June 5, 2014

The Lookout: Authors team up for Jabberwocky event

Best-selling author and Newbury resident Andre Dubus III returns to Jabberwocky Book Shop tomorrow night for a program with Alexi Zentner, author of the Maine-set “The Lobster Kings.”

Dubus will read from and discuss his new collection of four connected novellas, “Dirty Love.” The stories are all set on the North Shore and explore the seedy side of relationships.

The author of “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days” and “Townie,” his memoir of growing up in Haverhill, Dubus is currently a full-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is married to dancer Fontaine Dubus, and they have three children.

A Canadian native, Zentner tells a story of the 10th generation of lobster fishermen, daughters and patriarchy, meth smugglers, tourists, and mermaids in his brand-new novel. His first book, “Touch,” was published in a dozen countries and shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Admission is free.

For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit www.jabberwockybookshop.com.

Take a tour of an ancient graveyard

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host its annual free tour of the Colonial graveyard on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Visitors will learn about the history of St. Paul’s, from its founding in 1711 through the Revolutionary period, before seeing the grave sites of prominent Newburyporters.

Tales will be shared about ship captains who perished at sea, merchants who amassed tremendous wealth, revolutionary leaders, loyalists whose lives were shattered, the sea captain who transported Thomas Jefferson to Paris in 1783, slavery and early African-American members of the church, as well as the Rev. Edward Bass, the first Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts, who had to choose between his loyalty to the crown and his devotion to his church.

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