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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Memoirist/Essayist DAVID GESSNER on Ultimate Frisbee

Architect ROSALYN ELDER Explores the Historical Legacy of Massachusetts

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

TOM PERROTTA reads at Brookline Booksmith

Blast off with children/teen Sci-fi author KATIE SLIVENSKY

HILDA WERSCHKUL’s Reflections on Masterpieces

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Thoreau’s Wildflowers and Animals

JESSICA BERGER GROSS and DAPHNE KALOTAY discuss GROSS’ family memoir, Estranged

The Weight of Ink: RACHEL KADISH & JOANNA RAKOFF discuss Jewish Literature

Travel writer DOUG MACK on “The Not-Quite States of America”

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

55th Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

MADELEINE BLAIS Reads from her Memoir, “To the New Owners”

Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

55th Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

The Dire Literary Series

Heavy Metal + Thriller = TONY MACMILLAN Reading from The Augmented Fourth

LAURIE PENNY’s “Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults”

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

55th Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

55th Annual Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

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Why They Stay: Journalist ANNE MICHAUD on Politicians’ Wives

Award-winning author DANZY SENNA at Harvard Book Store

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Mass Poetry Unplugged at Prudential Center

The Misfortune of Marion Palm: a conversation between EMILY CULLITON and MONA AWAD

Biographer MARK SCHNEIDER on Gerry Studs: America’s First Openly Gay Congressman

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ADAM ABRAMOWITZ reads from his debut gangster novel: Bosstown

The Fisherman’s Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter by CATHERINE MAGIA

New Voices in Fiction: SOPHIE CHEN KELLER and “The Luster of Lost Things”

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Journalist KATHERINE NICHOLS reads Deep Water, a thrilling true story of 1970’s drug traffickers

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Poet SIMONE JOHN launches collection: Testify, joined by poet KRYSTEN HILL

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Vietnam Vet/Memoirist DAVID HOLDRIDGE on “The Avant Garde of Western Civ”

Award-winning poet FRANK BIDART reads Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

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ROBERT WRIGHT: Why Buddhism is True

Rolling Stone columnist ROB SHEFFIELD’s latest: Dreaming the Beatles

Ghost of the Innocent Man, a true story by BENJAMIN RACHLIN

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Novelist KAMILA SHAMS: Home Fire

Screenplay writer MARK LAMPRELL’s One Summer Day in Rome with MARGARET EVANS

Award-winning author PAUL YOON at Harvard Book Store

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“Last Fan Standing” with author BRUCE CAMPBELL (Hail to the Chin)

Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon

Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon

Local debut YA novelist LANA POPOVIC in conversation with JILLY GAGNON

Local bestseller KRISTIN CASHORE shares her novel Jane, Unlimited

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Poetry Heat Wave! The 2017 Boston Poetry Marathon

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GrubStreet Fall 2017 Open House and Showcase

Casanova’s Secret Wife, a historical love story by BARBARA LYNN-DAVIS

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Husband-and-Wife duo PAUL YOON and LAURA VAN DEN BERG read at Brookline Booksmith

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Novelist LAURA SCHENONE’s The Dogs of Avalon

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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

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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

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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