Our new series, "Meet, Mingle, Read" kicks off at the Central Library on Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. as we delve into the history of diners, sample yummy diner food, and welcome Larry Cultrera, author of Classic Diners of Massachusetts (The History Press). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was birthplace to the burgeoning "night lunch wagon" manufacturing industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These horse-drawn food carts eventually evolved into classic American diners. For many years, diner builders like the Worcester Lunch Car Company and J.B. Judkins Company operated in the Bay State, while few new diners opened for business after 1960. This left the state with a high concentration of some of the best-preserved diners built during the early to mid-twentieth century, including the Capitol Diner in Lynn, the Route 66 Diner in Springfield. And let's not forget the great diners of Somerville - Buddy’s, Kelly's, and the Rosebud - all of which are featured in this book! Diner historian Larry Cultrera discusses this appetizing history and what should not be missed on the menus. Larry Cultrera has been documenting the American Diner and other roadside businesses since 1980. In this time he has photographed approximately 820 diners. He is a past member of the Medford Historical Society and a 30 year member of the Society for Commercial Archeology. He lives in Saugus, MA. He blogs at Diner Hotline. Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Harvard Coop Bookstore for $19.99.