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Roundtable of Literary Magazine Editors at Porter Square Books

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First Annual Brookline Booksmith Book Swap

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Memoirists ALEXANDRIA MARZANO-LESNEVICH (The Fact of a Body) and MELISSA FEBOS (Abandon Me)

Journalist/author MICHAEL DEIBERT on the history of Haiti

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Launch party for local novelist JENNIFER TSENG’s The Passion of Woo & Isolde

NYC Cooking Demo with Food/Travel Journalist TRACEY CEURVELS

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Dire Literary Series with HIMES, SALISBURY and PAGE

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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CLAIRE MESSUD in conversation with WBUR’s CHRISTOPHER LYDON

A Dream Between Two Rivers, a new voice in short fiction

Rethinking the Cold War with Kennedy School scholar ODD ARNE WESTAD

Author STEPHANIE GAYLE reads Idyll Fears, the 2nd in her LGTBQ crime series

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How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Body, and Brain

Feminist gamer ZOE QUINN and the fight against online hate in “Crash Override”

Award-winning author ALEX GILVARRY at Harvard Book Store

The Most Important Year: Dr. SUZANNE BOUFFARD on Pre-K Education

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

VANESSA GRIGORIADIS: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

The Hidden Lives of Ordinary Things, a conversation with KIM ADRIAN and MATTHEW BATTLES

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

SALMAN RUSHDIE with his latest novel, The Golden House

Historian YURI SLEZKIN and TERRY MARTIN on the Russian Revolution

Local poets at Brookline Booksmith

Twitter humorist JONNY SUN at Porter Square Books

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

Book Release Party: Boston 1945-2015

ROBIN SLOAN returns with his latest novel, Sourdough

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

Mass Poetry Unplugged at Prudential Center

“America’s librarian” NANCY PEARL shares her debut, “George and Lizzie”

NYT bestselling author ATUL GAWANDE with novelist JENNIFER HAIGH

NYT best-selling author GRETCHEN RUBIN in conversation with MELISSA HARTWIG

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

A Column of Fire, the latest in the Kingsbridge series

Poets and Pints with Porter Square Books

Foreign correspondent/author DEBORAH CAMPBELL: A Disappearance in Damascus

Boston Globe journalist/author DICK LEHR (Black Mass) shares his latest

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

Beyond Mr. Darcy: A panel discussion with romance authors Damon Suede, Farrah Rochon, and Sarina Bowen

EILEEN MYLES on “Afterglow: a Dog Memoir”

The German-Jewish Cookbook: A Look at the History and the Recipes

The Suffragents: the hidden history of the men behind the struggle for women’s suffrage

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr. at Harvard Book Store

NATHAN ENGLANDER shares his latest novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth

Novelist NICOLE KRAUSS interviewed by the New Yorker’s JAMES WOOD at Brookline Booksmith

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

STEPHEN GREENBLATT: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Sci-Fi author M.T. ANDERSON and award-winning novelist JULIA GLASS in conversation

The Ways Women Age by Professor ABIGAIL BROOKS

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

Writers’ Room of Boston and City Year Boston: 1st Ever Lit Slam

Before I Had the Words: A Reading with Trans Memoirist SKYLAR KERGIL

The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

ROBERT MCKEE on “The Primacy of Story”

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

Attention fantasy-lovers: MAX GLADSTONE is back with The Ruin of Angels

ELI FINKEL on the “All-or-Nothing Marriage”

Sid Sanford Lives! A reading and signing with debut author DANIEL FORD

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Call for Submissions! 10 minute Play Contest!

The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

Neuroscientist TALI SHAROT on “The Influential Mind”

YA author BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) at Brookline Booksmith

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: A fascinating journey through the craft chocolate revolution

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

LENORA CHU, author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

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ORHAN PAMUK with MARIA TARTAR discuss “The Red-Haired Woman”

NYT best-selling author ELIAS WEISS FRIEDMAN returns with The Dogist: Puppies

FRED DEVECCA Shares his Mystery Novel, The Nutting Girl

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ANDREA PITZER on One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps

A Night of Chilling Stories with GARETH HINDS and BEN LOORY

#Thoreau200: A Screening of PAUL TURANO’s Wonder, Wander, Wilderness

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Fashion Designer JOSEPH ABBOUD at the BPL

Why Thoreau Still Matters: Lessons on Environmentalism & Civil Disobedience

Folk/Rock legend ART GARFUNKEL on his memoir

How does addiction impact family? A conversation between Granta publisher/editor SIGRID RAUSING and GISH JEN

Local YA authors take on the fantastic and peculiar at Brookline Booksmith

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Dr. ANDREW BUDSON, co-author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It

“Black Orators: By Word and By Pen” at the Museum of African American History

ROSALYN ELDER on Massachusetts’ African American Heritage

DANIEL MENDELSOHN, “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic”

Actor/author KARL GEARY reads his first novel: Montpelier Parade

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Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

Breakwater Reading Series at Brookline Booksmith

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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20th Annual Fall Writer’s Conference at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education

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