Sat, Jul 15|
Westport Free Public Library
John Bullard Book Talk and Signing
John K. Bullard, former mayor of New Bedford, will be at the Library for a free event speaking about and signing his new memoir, Hometown.
Time & Location
Jul 15, 2023, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Rd, Westport, MA 02790, USA
About the event
In this deeply moving and thoughtful memoir, John K. Bullard weaves a tale of a family legacy intertwined with the pitfalls and promise of New Bedford, a storied Massachusetts seaport whose past and future can be found in every small American city struggling to survive and thrive. Bullard explores the meaning of public service, greater good, personal responsibility, and the ties that bind people to their hometowns. He grapples with immigration, economics, race, poverty, politics but also our innermost conflicts and ambitions as we make our way in the world. Bullard’s story―and his sense of hometown―as he rises from a local to federal leader becomes more sophisticated but never loses sight of the importance of extending a helping hand and giving back to the community. It acknowledges that community is nothing without family, friends, and yes, even rivals. Hometown is about what sends you into the world to seek your fortunes and what draws you home to complete your life.