“Both women and men provoke and hurt, lie and cheat and injure. But on this day I am standing up, as a man who loves women, and speaking—to young men, especially— asking them to have the courage to set all violence aside, to cherish the women in your life, to respect all the people around you as full human souls, and to respect yourself enough not to hurt others.”
More about Roland:
Roland Merullo is a Massachusetts-based author. He has published nine novels, including Fidel’s Last Days, Golfing with God, A Little Love Story, and A Russian Requiem. His book In Revere, In Those Days was a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Maria Thomas Award winner, and his Revere Beach Boulevard was finalist for the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Prize. Merullo’s nonfiction writing includes Revere Beach Elegy, a memoir that won the 2000 Massachusetts Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the travel book The Italian Summer. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Newsweek, and Boston Globe, among many others. His books have been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean. Merullo has been a writer in Residence at North Shore Community College and Miami Dade Colleges. He has given hundreds of talks and speeches at colleges, conferences, libraries and civic organizations, including at Brown University, Harvard University Continuing Ed, the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Bennington College.
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