ROCKLAND — On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., author, musicologist and the world’s leading historian on ragtime Dr. Edward A. Berlin gives a talk and musical presentation on the life and music of American composer Scott Joplin entitled “The Life and Afterlife of Scott Joplin” at the Sail Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St. This event is presented in conjunction with the Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue the following day in Rockport.

Berlin has written three books on the subject of Ragtime and its composers: “King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era” (1994), “Reflections and Research on Ragtime” (1987), and “Ragtime: A Music and Cultural History” (1980). Berlin is widely regarded as the leading researcher on Scott Joplin.

Stephen Costanza

Beginning in 2005, Berlin annually helps organize the Scott Joplin Memorial Concert at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens, New York. For the 100th anniversary of Joplin’s death in 2017, Berlin established a fund to place an engraved memorial bench next to Joplin’s grave. Berlin is this year’s recipient of the Glenn Jenks Ragtime Emeritus Award, which will be presented at the 2nd Annual Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House.

Children’s book author and North Haven resident Stephen Costanza will also be signing his latest book, “King of Ragtime – The Story of Scott Joplin,” which won the 2022 Golden Kite Book Award.

The talk is free to the public.