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Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

We’re happier than a pig in heat to bring you today’s cool Insider-recommended events (sorry for the visual). Hear from a biographer of a biographer tonight when former Newsweek senior editor John Taliaferro discusses his latest book All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt. Hay was a statesman, a journalist and a sometime New Hampshirite; he served as Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary, assistant secretary of state and in the Civil War (his war journals and correspondence are oft-cited as one of the most accurate records of the time). Taliaferro will lecture on that under-appreciated historical figure, as well as sign copies of the book, at the New Hampshire Historical Society Library (30 Park St.) at 7 p.m. For more information, call 228-6688.

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At one point in his career, Hay was ambassador to the United Kingdom. Whether he had dealings with any of the double-O agents of MI-6 has been lost to the sands of time. However, you’ve got the chance to catch up with those elite agents tonight at 6:30. at the Concord Public Library during the free showing of Skyfall, the latest installment of the Daniel Craig as James Bond series. Will Adele make an appearance? Only time will tell. For more information, visit or call 225-8670.

Gibson’s Bookstore hosts “Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry” tonight at 7. Author B. Eugene McCarthy offers up methods for creating poetry by deconstructing it and reading it aloud. Shall we compare thee to a summer’s day? Ugh, do we have to? Fine, you’re, like, hot and sticky. Poetry! For more information, visit or call 224-0562.

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