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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

Jake Brennan presents DISGRACELAND in conversation with Adam Weiner at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon at Harvard Book Store

Leslie Jamison presents MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN: ESSAYS in conversation with Alex Marzano-Lesnevich at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Lauren Shippen presents THE INFINITE NOISE with WROB Program Director Alexander Danner at Porter Square Books

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Ann Patchett presents THE DUTCH HOUSE at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Read4Refugees Kick-Off at Pucker Gallery

Billy Bragg presents THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF FREEDOM in conversation with Cass R. Sunstein at Cambridge Public Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Richard Russo presents CHANCES ARE . . . : A NOVEL at Brattle Theatre

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Writing Night at The Village Works

Jennifer Block presents EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST: WHY HEALTH CARE NEEDS A FEMINIST REVOLUTION in conversation with Jaclyn Friedman at Harvard Book Store

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Author Talk and Book Signing with Edwin Hill at the State Library of Massachusetts

Women of Color and the Global Security Challenges of the 21st Century with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins at UMass Boston

Author Talk Series: Jack Cashman: An Irish Immigrant Story at Boston Public Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Boston Book Festival at Dudley Square

Lisa Duggan presents MEAN GIRL: AYN RAND AND THE CULTURE OF GREED in conversation with Lauren Kaminsky at Harvard Book Store

Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant present THE GIFT INSIDE THE BOX in conversation with Daniel Gilbert at First Parish Church

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Reckless Poetry: A GrubStreet Workshop with Cathie Desjardins at GrubStreet, 162 Boylston Street

R.J. Palacio presents WHITE BIRD at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Aimee Lucido presents EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE and Sofiya Pasternack presents ANYA AND THE DRAGON at Porter Square Books

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Children’s Storytime: Nancy Tupper Ling presents THE YIN-YANG SISTERS AND THE DRAGON FRIGHTFUL at Brookline Booksmith

New England Romance Writer’s Association Craft Workshop at Brookline Public Library

Poetry; The Art of Words / Mike Amado Memorial Series at Plymouth Public Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey present SHE SAID: BREAKING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY THAT HELPED IGNITE A MOVEMENT in conversation with Ashley Judd at First Parish Church

Jim Wallis presents CHRIST IN CRISIS: WHY WE NEED TO RECLAIM JESUS at Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music

Annalee Newitz presents THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE: A NOVEL in conversation with Stephanie Burt at Harvard Book Store

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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John Grisham and Doris Kearns Goodwin present THE GUARDIANS: A NOVEL at Back Bay Events Center

Dessa presents MY OWN DEVICES in conversation with Michael Pollan at Public Library of Brookline

South End Writes presents Alison Burnets at South End Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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CLA presents “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” by Moses Goods at Congressional Library and Archives

Cambridge Forum: Christopher Leonard presents KOCHLAND: THE SECRET HISTORY OF KOCH INDUSTRIES AND CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA at First Parish Church

Fatima Bhutto presents NEW KINGS OF THE WORLD: DISPATCHES FROM BOLLYWOOD, DIZI, AND K-POP at Harvard Book Store

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Michael Frank presents WHAT IS MISSING at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Online ArtWeek Spark Session

Micheal Longley and David Ferry: A Dialogue In & About Poetry at the Poetry Center, 3rd floor of Sawyer Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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The Great Falls Word Festival at Western, MA

LeakyCon at Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Nancy L. Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead presents A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING: THE NEW CONSPIRACISM AND ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY at Harvard Book Store

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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The Great Falls Word Festival at Western, MA

LeakyCon at Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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The Great Falls Word Festival at Western, MA

LeakyCon at Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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The Great Falls Word Festival at Western, MA

Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Brookline Booksmith Book Club -THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Emerson College WLP Publishing Series, Writing About Other People at the Bill Bordy Theatre

South End History Writer Alison Barnet, Drawing a Capacity Crowd Last Week, Will Do a Second Presentation of “Once Upon A Neighborhood” at South End Library

Tony Toledo Featured at Story Space Tue 10/15/2019 at Havurat Shalom

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

An Evening with Author Susan Isaacs at The Lenox Hotel

Shawnna’s BPL Writer-in-Residence Reading at Boston Public Library

Ashley Lemieux presents BORN TO SHINE: PRACTICAL TOOLS TO HELP YOU SHINE, EVEN IN LIFE’S DARKEST MOMENTS at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Leigh Bardugo presents NINTH HOUSE: A NOVEL at Cambridge Public Library

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

Author Talk Series: Alexandra Horowitz in conversation with Harriet Ritvo and Craig LeMoult at Boston Public Library

Emerson College WLP Scholar Series, Erika R. Williams at Walker Building, Room 205

Gail Collins presents NO STOPPING US NOW: THE ADVENTURES OF OLDER WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY at Brattle Theatre

Pico Iyer presents A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN: OBSERVATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS and AUTUMN LIGHT: SEASON OF FIRE AND FAREWELLS at Harvard Book store

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

The American Inspiration Series presents: Gail Collins with NO STOPPING US NOW at 99-101 Newbury Street

John Hodgman Drop in Signing at Brookline Booksmith

Adrienne Brodeur presents WILD GAME: MY MOTHER, HER LOVER, AND ME in conversation with Joanna Rakoff at Harvard Book Store

Bill Bryson presents THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS at First Parish Church

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

Additional Alcott Tours will Lead into Little Women Movie Release at Boston By Foot

Boston Book Festival at Copley Square

Volunteer with Mass Poetry at 2019 Boston Book Festival

Poetry at the Extreme at BPL McKim Exhibition Hall

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ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Huntington Avenue Theatre

Children’s Storytime: Jacqueline Veissid presents RUBY’S SWORD and CASPIAN FINDS A FRIEND

Boston Book Festival: Roxbury Edition at Dudley Square

Author Event: Debbi Michiko Florence (Proceeds to Benefit Buddy Dog!) at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Be the Change Community Action: Making Spaces Safer at Porter Square Books

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Jeanette Winterson presents FRANKISSSTEIN: A LOVE STORY at First Parish Church

Roy Scranton presents I ❤ OKLAHOMA!: A NOVEL in conversation with David Levine at Harvard Book Store

Sasha Sagan presents FOR SMALL CREATURES SUCH AS WE at Cambridge Public Library

Small Press Book Club discusses Axiomatic at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Award-winning Foreign Correspondent Stephen Kinzer Returns to the South End Library with POISONER IN CHIEF: SIDENY GOTTLIEB AND THE CIA SEARCH FOR MIND CONTROL

Andy Davis Featured at Story Space at Havurat Shalom

Elizabeth Earley presents LIKE WINGS, YOUR HANDS: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

Steven Hassan presents THE CULT OF TRUMP at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Sean Carroll presents SOMETHING DEEPLY HIDDEN: QUANTUM WORLDS AND THE EMERGENCE OF SPACETIME at Harvard Science Center

Jami Attenberg presents ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS in conversation with Laura Van Den Berg at Harvard Book Store

Kate Wisen presents DRIVING IN CARS WITH HOMELESS MEN in conversation with Jenn De Leon at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Transnational Film Series & Boston Palestine Film Festival Screening: Gaza: A Documentary at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo present I’LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR IF YOU CONSIDER THIS ART at Brookline Booksmith

Speculative Boston Reading Series: Dark Fiction at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne presents HOLDING ON TO NOTHING: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

Speculative Boston October Reading at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Serhii Plokhy presents FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: AMERICAN AIRMEN BEHIND THE SOVIET LINES AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE at Harvard Book Store

Gary Janetti presents DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?: (THINGS THAT STILL ANNOY ME) at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Somerville 2069 at Arts at the Armory

Writing Workshop with Jamele Adams at Institute of Contemporary Art

Saturday Morning Storytime: Jacqueline Veissid at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Black Words Matter: A Poetry Workshop with Danielle Legros Georges on new African Poetry at UMass Boston

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Children’s Storytime:Wheelock Family Theatre – WILLY WONKA The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka at Brookline Booksmith

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party! at The Silver Unicorn

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Rhett McLaughin and Link Neal present THE LOST CAUSES OF BLEAK CREEK at the Wilbur

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Author Talks Series: Farah Pandith: How We Win at Boston Public Library

Eva Chen and Derek Desierto present JUNO VALENTINE AND THE FANTASTIC FASHION ADVENTURE at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

SFF Write-in Location TBD

Robert Isenberg Featured at Story Space at Havurat Shalom

Azra Raza presents THE FIRST CELL: AND THE HUMAN COSTS OF PURSUING CANCER TO THE LAST at Harvard Book Store

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Costume Pajama Storytime! at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

S. James Gates and Cathie Pelletier present PROVING EINSTEIN RIGHT: THE DARING EXPEDITIONS THAT CHANGED HOW WE LOOK AT THE UNIVERSE at Harvard Science Center

Heather Morris presents CILKA’S JOURNEY at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Christopher McDougall presents RUNNING WITH SHERMAN: THE DONKEY WITH THE HEART OF A HERO at Harvard Book Store

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth present THE ETHICAL ALGORITHM: THE SCIENCE OF SOCIALLY AWARE ALGORITHM DESIGN at Harvard Book Store

Gail Mazur, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, Nausheen Eusuf, and Lloyd Schwartz present THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2019 at Harvard Book Store

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

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Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction at GrubStreet

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