A book fair in Boston is going virtual
The Boston Antiquarian Book Fair has been running for 43 years – until now. That year it became the first Boston Virtual Book Fair, a three-day event with renowned speakers and a literary marketplace with booksellers from around the world. The otherwise free event from November 13th to 14th includes a paid preview on November 12th that shows rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, political documents, atlases, photos and more (tickets USD 50). At the weekend, visit curator Marylene Altieri as she explores the culinary collection at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library (including the papers of cook Julia Child). Boston-based scholars Allison Lange and Theo Tyson discuss the women’s suffrage movement. and Nicole Aljoe of Northeastern University’s Africana Studies Program, speaking on a recently discovered 19th century text. www.bostonbookfair.com.
Celebrate the MFA with Monet
See dozens of Claude Monet’s oil paintings during an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which opens on November 15 and runs through February 28. “Monet and Boston: A Lasting Impression” includes all 35 Monet oil paintings in the museum – for the first time these works were exhibited together in a generation – and loans from private collections. The exhibition, which celebrates the museum’s 150th anniversary, also includes MFA works that inspired Monet, from 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints to European paintings. The exhibition examines Monet’s fascination with the beauty of ordinary objects and natural scenes, as well as the impressionist’s artistic development over time. You’ll see everything from “Grainstack (Sunset)” and “Grand Canal, Venice” to “La Japonaise”. Use the new MFA mobile app to access the exhibition wall texts for free and book tickets in advance (members and non-members). $ 30 per person, including admission and Monet exhibition. www.mfa.org/visit.
Scholarships for women
Calling all women of color who are aiming for a career in the beer industry. Boston-based City Brew Tours has launched a Talent on Tap Educational Scholarship program that offers women of color up to $ 2,500 to continue their education in the beer industry, including beer science programs, as well as Cicerone and other hospitality certifications . You can apply for funding for educational costs related to the beer industry at an institution of your choice. Submit your application by December 1st (you must be at least 18 years old). The selected people will begin their beer study adventure in 2021. City Brew Tours will also support fellows by providing career support and access to executives in the craft brewery. You will receive an application at: www.citybrewtours.com/talent-on-tap.
See Australia on two wheels
Are you ready to think about future trips? Ride and Seek has started a new 26-day cycling adventure from Sydney to Hobart, Australia. The 1,315-mile route follows in the footsteps of the Polish explorer Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki, who led pioneering expeditions through Tasmania and southern and central Australia. The three-stage bike expedition takes you up the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko (7,310 feet) and Mount Hotham on the highest paved road in the country (6,037 feet). After an overnight ferry from the mainland, you’ll also travel through the Snowy Mountains, the country’s capital (Canberra), and the island of Tasmania. Each stage includes between 26,700 feet and 31,000 feet of climbing, but don’t worry: you’ll have plenty of time to exercise. The Strzelecki Tour takes place from March 6th to March 31st. Prices start at $ 3,908 per leg or $ 11,110 for the entire trip. www.rideandseek.com/tour/strzelecki-sydney-to-melbourne.
A slim and light translator
Gone are the days of typing words or phrases into a voice translator and waiting for the result. Cheetah Mobile’s new portable real-time translator called CheetahTALK Plus can translate bidirectional conversations into 73 languages as soon as the words are spoken. The device uses Microsoft’s automatic speech recognition software to accurately capture your sentences and artificial intelligence technology to instantly translate into another language. Simply press a button on the palm-sized device, speak for up to 30 seconds, and then listen to the translation. Check the 1.54-inch LCD touchscreen to see your text-to-speech results and read the translation. Best of all, the CheetahTALK Plus works with social distancing: it can record conversations from a distance of up to 3 meters and offer high quality playback thanks to two noise-canceling microphones. Use the app to change languages, record conversations, and update software. The device must be paired with your phone for it to work. $ 199. www.cmcm.shop.
A blanket for every occasion
Throw the new Rumpl NanoLoft travel blanket in your pocket or car and be ready for any occasion when you need a cozy layer of warmth – chatting with a friend during a road trip, in a holiday home, on a hotel chair or even in the park. The blanket’s NanoLoft technology plays with your senses: It mimics the properties of down and creates clusters of fabric that feel like touch and that also trap heat to keep you warm. The blanket has a water- and dirt-repellent outer cover and a pack sack with a roll closure. Best of all, it comes with a cape clip so you can clip the blanket around yourself and channel your inner superhero. The Rumpl blanket measures 38 “by 52”, weighs only 11 ounces, and is about the size of a 1-liter water bottle. It is also machine washable. $ 99. www.rumpl.com.