A former Newburyport teacher and administrator is returning to the city next week to kick off the Autumn Author Series at the Emma L. Andrews Library.
Colleen Tierney will discuss her new book, “The Weight of Coal and Lace: The Story of Andras and Sophie Kuchta,” on Thursday, Sept. 19. The historical novel is based on the lives of her grandfather and grandmother and their struggles living in a Pennsylvania coal town between 1904 and 1924.
Tierney was the director of curriculum for the Newburyport school system and a teacher of both special education and gifted and talented students. Now retired, she divides her time between Little Diamond Island, Maine, and Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The author series will continue with Marina Dutzmann Kirsch on Oct. 17 and Muriel Angelil on Nov. 21.
All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the library, 77 Purchase St. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Advance sign-up is recommended.
Exploring California’s natural history
Take a virtual trip to California during a slide presentation and lecture at the Joppa Flats Education Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
“Birding Yosemite, Mono Lake and Point Reyes, California” will feature images from a recent expedition led by Bill Gette, sanctuary director, and Dave Larson, science and education coordinator. Some of the animals they saw in different habitats include the California quail, green-tailed towhee, black-necked stilt, elephant seal and golden-mantled ground squirrel.
The program costs $4 for nonmembers. Registration is not required.
Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.
Storytelling event to help cancer research
Five authors will share stories of local history and lore during a Pan-Mass Challenge fundraiser on Wednesday at Newburyport Brewing Co.
The event will also feature the brewery’s craft beer, paired with pizza and desserts from Anchor Stone Deck Pizza, Simply Sweet and Eat Cake! The participating writers are Frank Schaeffer, Bethany Groff, Jay Atkinson, Holly Robinson and Aine Greaney.