Author Tom Ingrassia to reflect on “Motown Love”, following dreams, and inspiration – Thursday

by beth on March 14, 2017

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Above: The author of a book that looks through Motown through the eyes of its fans will share stories and answer questions on Thursday night at the Library. (images from Facebook)

On Thursday night, the Southborough Library will host another Author night. This week’s guest is Tom Ingrassia. And if you have a soft spot for Motown music, you’ll want to show up and tune in to the stories he has to share.

Tom Ingrassia author night flyer

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The talk will take place in the Library’s upper, main level at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 16.

In speaking to patrons, Ingrassia will bring his experience not only as an author but a Motown historian, radio personality and motivational speaker.

His bio includes four years working with the Supreme’s Mary Wilson. It’s an experience I assume came in handy when he later penned award winning “Reflections of a Love Supreme: Motown through the Eyes of Fans”.

As Ingrassia’s website describes, the book:

tells the story of Motown through the eyes—and camera lenses— of its fans. Many of the photos included here have never been published before. They are personal, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people, places and things that made Motown the music that inspired a generation.

The music of Motown brought people together more effectively than any other cultural phenomenon. It didn’t matter if you were black or white, rich or poor, young or old—we all were listening to and dancing to Motown in the 1960s. And we still are today. Motown changed the world’s image of people of color.

But Motown music isn’t the only thing the author knows. He’s also published “One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams: 

the inspirational stories of 16 people from all walks of life who have triumphed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve their dreams.

Ingrassia’s next book, to be published this year, is “The Passion of Teaching: How Professors Inspire Their Students.” Why teaching? According to his website:

Prior to entering the entertainment industry in 2001, Tom spent 25 years in higher education and private industry, achieving the position of assistant dean of the Graduate School of Management at Clark University.

The author also hosts The Motown Jukebox on WCUW 91.3 FM.

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