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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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The Favorite Poem Project Reading at Boston University

TOVA MIRVIS: The Book of Separation

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Insider Tour of the Historic Omni Parker House

Gayly Forward: The Future of LGBT Publishing

Craft on Draft with GrubStreet: Suspense!

True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities

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MASHA GESSEN on How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

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ARMISTEAD MAUPIN Presents – Logical Family: A Memoir

FACT IN FICTION: RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL

Release Party for Elephants Walk Together by CHERYL LAWTON MALONE

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THIS IS NOT A BORDER: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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MassMouth Story Slam: Oh Baby!

CLAIRE MESSUD, Author of The Burning Girl: A Novel

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A Conversation With ANN POWERS, One of America’s Most Influential Pop Music Critics

Poets & Pints: October 11

JOYCE MAYNARD, Author of The Best of Us: A Memoir, in conversation with ROLAND MERULLO

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The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity

ALEXIS OKEOWO Discusses A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Arlington Author Salon: Tainted Love

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

Authors CLAIRE MCMILLAN (The Necklace) and DENISE KIERNAN (The Last Castle) at the Boston Public Library

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CELESTE NG in conversation with ALEXANDRIA MARZANO-LESNEVICH

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The Suffolk Story Slam: “When I’m at Home”

KL PEREIRA and MINNA ZALLMAN PROCTOR share their latest works

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Make Way for Ducklings Sculptor NANCY SCHON in conversation with ANITA DIAMANT

Poet BILLY COLLINS in Bedford

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The Legacy of Publishers Ticknor and Fields in the Old Corner Bookstore

Belt It Out 20th Anniversary

HeadCount Presents: Musical Town Hall

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The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

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Dr. FREDERICK DOUGLASS OPIE, author of Southern Food and Civil Rights

Award-winning author JAMES MCBRIDE shares his latest: Five-Carat Soul

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ERICA FERENCIK, author The River at Night

The 2nd Annual Boston Lit Crawl

National Book Award Winning Poet MARK DOTY reads with BU Alum TOMAS UNGER

ArtsEmerson: KISS

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour

Boston Book Festival 2017

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

JOHN HODGMAN – Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

Journalist/Author MAUREEN BOYLE on the “New Bedford Highway Serial Killer”

“Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award” at the Boston Public Library

Book launch for CLEA SIMON’s Boston Noir Mystery, “World Enough”

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

“An Angel of Light”: Thoreau’s Plea for Captain John Brown

200th Dire Literary Series with TILLMAN, HUDON and PAIGE

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

Film Screening: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Best-selling author DICK LEHR (Black Mass) at More Than Words

Afternoon tea with author Laura Shapiro

PAUL LEWIS: A is for Asteroids, Z is for Zombies: A Bedtime Book about the Coming Apocalypse

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ArtsEmerson: KISS

Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

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