AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TO SPEAK. Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Event features a lecture, discussion, book signing and brunch with award-winning author Anita Diamant. Signed copies of Diamant’s books “The Red Tent” and “Day After Night” will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $25 and $18 for attendees over 65. Advance reservations required. tbabeverly.org or 978-927-3211, ext. 14.
MCC COMMONWEALTH READING SERIES. Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Literary fellows and finalists Carrie Bennett, Perry Glasser, Bud Jennings, Michelle Lanzoni and Rodney Wittwer will read their work as part of a statewide series that features the fellows and finalists of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s grants and fellowships. Free. www.massculturalcouncil.org.
NEW ISRAEL FUND SPEAKS. Sunday, April 7, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Members of leading organization advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis will speak. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100.
“THE ‘REAL SHUTTER ISLANDS.’” “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Local author Christopher Klein presents a virtual tour of the history and natural beauty of the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. The movie “Shutter Island” was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but the true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands are stranger. Hear tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war and Revolutionary War battles. Klein’s guide, “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” will be available for purchase. Event part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
“INSPIRATIONAL EVENINGS.” Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run April 8, 22, 29 and May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot at 978-468-5577.