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Crónicas y cuentos: a bilingual creative writing workshop

LGBT Novelist SJ SINDU reads from Marriage of a Thousand Lies

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30th Joiner Institute Writers’ Workshop Poetry and Music Celebration

SJ SINDU and LOUIE CRONIN on Their New Novels at JP Papercuts

Thriller Novelist LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG in conversation with Mystery Novelist HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN

ANN BEATTIE reads The Accomplished Guest: Stories

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Novel Generator Open House & Info Session

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

Brookline Brooksmith presents: Fiction in Translation with KIT SCHLUTER and EMMA RAMADAN

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Local writers CRYSTAL KING (Feast of Sorrow) and TIM WEED (Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories)

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Crónicas y cuentos: a bilingual creative writing workshop

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PHILIP SMUCKER on “Riding with George” about his ancestor, George Washington

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Memoirist LEAH CAROLL and Essayist ALAN FISHBONE talk mortality and freedom

Novelists MARGOT LIVESEY (Mercury) and LIZ MOORE (The Unseen World)

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Dire Literary Series: RACHEL KADISH, JAY SHEETS and LAUREN HILGER

Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures

Writer/Performer RANDY ROSS: God Bless Cambodia

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

The Silver Linings Playbook author MATTHEW QUICK on The Reason You’re Alive

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Silver Linings Playbook MATTHEW QUICK at Porter Square Books

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A Night of Poetry at Harvard Book Store

Satirist MATTHEW KLAM in conversation with CURTIS SITTENFELD

Local novelists KELLY FORD (Cottonmouths) and MICHELLE HOOVER (Bottomland)

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Twitter Humorist Jonny Sun: “Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Alien Too”

Actor CURTIS ARMSTRONG: “Revenge of the Nerd”

Poet EZRA DAN FELDMAN presents Habitat of Stones

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Glee’s CHRIS COLFER with his final book in the best selling Land of Stories series

DARYL GREGORY reads his newest novel: Spoonbenders

LGBTQ Novelists JONATHAN STRONG and KELLY FORD

Food Feuds: From Ancient Rome to Southie at Kickstand Cafe

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Short story author PATRICK DACEY reads from his first novel The Outer Cape

Novelist LINDSAY HATTON Reads “Monterey Bay”

Waiting for Waiting for Godot

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

Waiting for Waiting for Godot

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Waiting for Waiting for Godot

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Actress and Memoirist MARIANNE LEONE Reads from her Latest, Ma Speaks Up

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure at Harvard Bookstore

Novelists JULIA GLASS and EDWARD MOORE

CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE and THEODORA GOSS on Women in the Horror/Sci Fi Genre

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Poets and Pints with Porter Square Books at Aeronaut Brewery

Bestselling Mystery Novelist MICHAEL CONNELLY reads The Late Show

Kill the Ámpaya! The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction with DICK CLUSTER

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by GABE HUDSON

Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

BILLY BRAGG talks “Roots, Radicals and Rockers” at Brookline Brooksmith

Author/Philosopher/Biker ALAN FISHBONE reads from Organ Grinder

JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS on Hemingway and Dos Passos During WW1

Waiting for Waiting for Godot

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Award-winning novelist ANDREW SEAN GREER reads “Less” about love at the age of fifty

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

The Cartel 7: Illuminati book tour kick-off at the Boston Public Library

Bestselling Author/Astrophysicist MARIO LIVIO on What Makes Us Curious

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Third Annual Hollihock Writers Conference

Illustrators BRADEN LAMB, SHELLI PAROLINE, and JEREL DYE present Making Scents and Pigs Might Fly

YA author JENN BISHOP at Porter Square Books

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Third Annual Hollihock Writers Conference

KATHERINE VAZ and JOAN WICKERSHAM at Porter Square Books

ALLEGRA GOODMAN Talks “The Chalk Artist” at Harvard Book Store

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Third Annual Hollihock Writers Conference

Literary Trivia

The Launch of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems

Sci-Fi/Horror authors DAN MOREN and LL SOARES at Porter Square Books

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Free Shakespeare on the Common: Romeo and Juliet

Where’s Waldo? Kid’s Party

Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by LEDA SCHUBERT

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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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