James Benn to Present “Solemn Graves, a Billy Boyle Mystery”

On Tuesday, May 28 from 7 to 8 p.m., author James Benn will offer insight into his historical fiction writing process in “Solemn Graves, A Billy Boyle Mystery,” part of Wright Museum’s Lecture Series.

Sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney, the series takes place every Tuesday through the end of the museum’s season, which concludes Oct. 31.

At this lecture, Benn will discuss the historical setting for his twelfth installment of the Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries, Solemn Graves.

“Growing up, nearly everyone had a dad that served in WWII,” he said. “I kept my interest in that history when I took up writing. I am surprised at the ways WWII history still informs us today. I believe it is vital to our democracy to keep the knowledge of that period alive.”

The lecture will include a book signing and brief preview of his new book, set during the Liberation of Paris, which will come out in September 2019.

At the lecture, Benn said he hopes to illuminate little-known facts and events.

“I’m happy when people take away a bit of knowledge about the war that they never knew,” he said. “I hope they attain a new way of looking at the events and a deeper understanding of what it was like for the soldiers and civilians in the highly contested ground of Normandy in July 1944.

“Of course, I hope some folks take away a signed copy, too,” he added with a laugh.

“Solemn Graves: A Billy Boyle Mystery” lecture and book-signing will be held in Wolfeboro Town Hall’s Great Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.

The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, Wright Museum is open daily through Oct. 31.