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Nancy Bookhart, an artist and scholar, will talk about her work exploring race, ethnicity and identity development, at 11:30 a.m. at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Her current research links the work of Kara Walker to a conversation about the construction of black male identity. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-867-9624, or visit www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
What to research your ancestry but not sure where or how to start? Genealogist Laura Prescott will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of online genealogy research while exploring the most popular, as well as hidden websites for genealogy and family history tonight at 7 at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. To register in advance, visit danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.
The JCC’s author series Jewish Book Month kicks off tonight with B.A. Shapiro who will discuss her new novel, “The Art Forger,” about a young Boston artist caught up in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, 25 years after the heist. The author talk takes place at the JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. For tickets and details, visit jccns.org or call 781-631-8330, ext. 1022.