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bg00Iilda M. Morrill Howie Carr, Casey Sherman and Michelle McPhee, left to right, signed copies of their popular books at the "Masters of Suspense" event. In spite of last week's Nor'easter, the storm did not keep fans away from the "Masters of Suspense,' stage show. According to noted pho- tographer John Harrison, "It was a full house!" and even included a surprise visit from 'Sarah Palin' (Cecilia Thompson). The evening began at a reception for fans at the W Hotel across from Boston's Wilbur Theatre, where everyone would ultimately end up for a presentation of "Whitey Bulger And Boston's Biggest Crimes," featuring Howie Carr, Casey Sherman and Michelle McPhee. The press release had in- vited- the public to join Bos- ton's top true crime writers as they revealed the shock- ing tl:uths behind the city's most notorious crimes in the "frighteningly entertain- ing" new stage show, "Mas- ters of Suspense." If you ever wanted to know what goes on in the mind of a master criminal, this was (Photo by John Harrison) the opportunity. These prominent reporters didn't just cover these stories, they lived them! Howie Carr examined the infamous Whitey Bulger case. carr is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Brothers Bulger" and "Hitman." A "Boston Herald" columnist, he is also a frequent con- tributor to FOX News and is the host of a radio program on WRKO. Carr was recently inducted into the. National Radio Hall of Fame. Casey Sherman focused on the heart-stopping hunt for the real Boston Stran- gler, who terrorized the city and captured the world's at- tention in the 1960's. Was the true Strangler ever caught? Sherman is an award winning journalist and best-selling author of five books including "Search for the Strangler," "Bad Blood" and "The Finest Hours." Two are now in development as major motion pictures. Michele McPhee dissected the bizarre crimes of the "Craig's List Killer" and delved into the possible motives of college professor turned accused spree killer, Amy Bishop. Michele is also a columnist for the "Boston Herald" and a radio host on WRKO. Her book "A Date with Death" was made into a Lifetime movie in 2011. According to John Har- rison, it "was a fun evening from beginning to end." ....... Authenticity, history, and tradition deffne Mary Ann Esposito, one of Arrier- ica's most beloved television chefs. As the creator and host of the nationally tele- vised PBS series, and the longest running cooking series on television, "Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Espo- sito," Mary Ann has brought those values to millions of Americans. We are all invited to join Mary Ann this coming Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30. p.m. at the Boston Center for Adult Education f(>r an evening of "tradition, great food + drink and fun," as she prepares wonderful dishes inspired from her newest book, "Ciao Italia Family Classics." Esposito's newest book pre- sents more than 200 trea- sured recipes from three generations of Italian cooks. Guests attending Espo- sito's Boston appearance in support of her new book will have the opportunity to see her demo some new dishes from the book, enjoy a post- demo tasting and wine reception, as well as mix and mingle with the weIl-known chef. This unique open-house, book signing and tasting is a not-to-be-missed event. Tickets include an auto- graphed advanced copy of Mary Ann's new book. For admission costs and more details, call 617-267- 4430or visit ....... Room to Read's "For the Love of Literacy" Benefit takes place on Tuesday, November 15 at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge. We are all invited to join the Boston Chapter and meet Erin Ganju, co-founder and CEO of Room to Read at "International Night."-The evening will feature cock- tails, international foods and entertainment, as well as a live auction and raffles. Michelle McPhee, left, and Howie Carr's producer Nancy "Sandy" Shack smile for the camera at the W Hotel re- ception. (Photo by John Harrison) There will be a VIP recep- tion with Erin Ganju from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the general reception continu- ing from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. In its first decade, Room to Read has changed the lives of more than five million children in Asia and Africa. Their goal is to reach 10 million children by 2015. For tickets and more infor- mation, call 508-397-1138 or visit boston2011. ....... Galleries from the United States and Europe will offer more than 3,000 original works of art at the "Fifteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show," taking place at The Cyclo- rama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston. The show opens with the Gala Preview on Thursday, November 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. Friday evening, November 18, is "New Collectors' Night" and guest lectures take place throughout the weekend. The only show of its kind in New England, it features 40 galleries from the United States and Europe, with no restrictions on the type of work that may be shown. Works on offer range from fine original prints 'priced at just a few hundred dollars to museum-quality master- piece paintings priced at more than $3 million. Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the show. The Greater Boston Food Bank, which distributes more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to approximately 550 member hunger-relief agencies and 30 Food Bank Direct service programs, will benefit from the Gala Pre- view thisyear. "We are thrilled to welcome The Greater Boston Food Bank as our beneficiary the week before Thanksgiving," notes co-producer Tony Fusco. "And we are pleased to offer our special programs, as many people come back to the show day after day and discover renewed interests and new passions." The Cyclorama provides the ideal venue for this exciting show. A large circu- lar rotunda and adjacent salons encourage visitors to both linger and wander. The historic structure is located (Continued on Page 13) f DIAMONDS 1 ROLeX ESTATE JEWELRY - Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 'Sarah Palin,' right, drops by to congratulate Howie Carr at the "Masters of Suspense" event. 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