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New Meetup: David Herlihy talks about the 1880s disappearance of Frank Lenz, cyclist @ BPL

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:41 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: David Herlihy talks about the 1880s disappearance of Frank Lenz, cyclist @ BPL

When: Thursday, June 24,[masked]:00 PM

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

This is part of the Boston Public Library's Author Series:

From the Boston Public Library site:

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 6pm

Location: Abbey Room

"In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz's trail. In The Lost Cyclist, Herlihy brings to light a wealth of information through a gripping narrative that captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Historic Preservation as well as on National Public Radio and Voice of America. This event is co-presented with Ciclismo Classico".

.. the author's book "The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance " is listed as Amazon's Best Book of the Month for June 2010.

Where to Meet:

T.J. Maher will be outside the Abbey Room which is on the Second Floor of the old wing of the Boston Public Library ( See the map at ) starting at 5:30 pm. Go up the staircase the lions are guarding. We can grab seats at 5:50 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7 with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

We can decide where we want to go to dinner after. The best bet seems to be the food court at the Prudential Center.

About the 2010 Author Series:

"Please join the Boston Public Library in welcoming this talented group of authors to our 2010 Author Talk series. Hear these authors read from their latest works, purchase a copy and get it signed by the author, learn about the creative process that got these magnificent stories told, and ask questions to find out what makes these authors successful". [ BPL Author Talks Facebook Page: ]

About the Author:

"David V. Herlihy is a historian and freelance writer. He has been interested in bicycle technology since his days as a member of the Harvard Cycling Club, and for the past decade he has researched extensively the invention and early development of the bicycle. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors. He lives in Hull, Massachusetts"

About the book: The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

"Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2010: Frank Lenz was a man driven by his passions. As an accomplished "wheelman" during the late 19th century, Lenz?s dreams were dominated by the emerging sport of cycling and an intense desire to make a name for himself. In May of 1892, he attempted to fuse both by embarking on a quest to circumscribe the globe by bicycle. The journey had already been accomplished in tandem, but Lenz upped the ante--and raised eyebrows--by announcing he would ride his dangerous route alone. The Lost Cyclist is a riveting tale of tragedy, pride, and naivete that is both brilliantly told and meticulously researched. Opinions may differ as to whether Lenz was unaware or unconcerned by the inherent dangers he faced, but the story of his fateful journey belongs on the varied shelves of cycling enthusiasts, mystery fans, and nonfiction devotees alike".

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