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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

Memoir Event: Maureen Stanton and Sharon Lamb at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Women’s National Book Association Boston presents Adrienne Brodeur and Tova Mirvis at Porter Square Books

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SFF Write-in at BPL Mezzanine Conference Room 2

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

Joshua Foer presents ATLAS OBSCURA, SECOND EDITION in conversation with Jack Lepiarz at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Free Showing of Dickinson at AMC Assembly Row 12

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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

Nancy Seasholes presents THE ATLAS OF BOSTON HISTORY at Porter Square Books

HYSTERIA: Boston at Old South Church

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

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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

Lawrence Millman presents FUNGIPEDIA at Porter Square Books

Jane Bernstein presents THE FACE TELLS THE SECRETS at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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NaNoWriMo at Newton Free Library

NaNoWriMo at Fowler Branch Library in Concord

Listen to Your Body &Your Inner Voice: Yoga, Meditation, Writing & Poetry Workshop at The Arlington Center

After Hours at the Bookstore with Jac Jemc at Harvard Book Store

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NaNoWriMo at Weston Public Library

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Sara B. Fraser discusses her debut novel, LONG DIVISION at Belmont Public Library

Paul Tough presents THE YEARS THAT MATTER MOST: HOW COLLEGE MAKES OR BREAKS US at Harvard Book Store

Mass Poetry’s “Raise Your Verse” Finale and Reading at Porter Square Books

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Lawrence Lessig presents THEY DON’T REPRESENT US: RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY at Brattle Theatre

Erin Morgenstern presents THE STARLESS SEA in conversation with Liberty Hardy at Coolidge Corner School

Mike Lockett Featured at Story Space

Transnational Series Presents: Idra Novey in conversation at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Was Henry a Hippie? Locating Thoreau in a Changing Modern World at State Library of Massachusetts

Zeruya Shalev in conversation with Lauren Groff at Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library, Central Library

Carmen Maria Machado presents IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A MEMOIR at Brattle Theatre

NaNoWriMo at Hopkinton Public Library

Lawrence Weschler presents AND HOW ARE YOU DR. SACKS?: A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR OF OLIVER SACKS at Harvard Book Store

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Karen Olsson presents THE WELL CONJECTURES: ON MATH AND THE PURSUIT OF THE UNKNOWN at Harvard Science Center

Poems at the Extremes of Feelings: THE MIND HAS CLIFFS OF FALL with Robert Pinsky at Boston Athenæum

Mark Haber presents REINHARDT’S GARDEN: A NOVEL in conversation with Kit Schluter at Harvard Book Store

Su Hwang presents THE COWHERD’S SON. Tamiko Beyer presents WE COME ELEMENTAL. Rajiv Mohabir presents BODEGA at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Award-winning author Eileen Pollack in Conversation with Jessica Treadway at Belmont Books

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Christopher P. Heuer presents INTO THE WHITE: THE RENAISSANCE ARCTIC AND THE END OF THE IMAGE and Andrei Pop presents A FOREST OF SYMBOLS: ART, SCIENCE, AND TRUTH IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY at Harvard Book Store

Lindy West presents THE WITCHES ARE COMING at First Parish Church

Jack Goldsmith presents IN HOFFA’S SHADOW: A STEPFATHER, A DISAPPEARANCE IN DETROIT,AND MY SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH at Harvard Book Store

Susannah Cahalan presents THE GREAT PRETENDER at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Mathea Morris presents THERE YOU ARE at Papercuts J.P.

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NaNoWriMo at Wellesley Free Public Library

Timothy Gager presents SPREADING LIKE WILD FLOWERS at Center for the Arts Armory

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the First Church Boston

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Writing Workshop with Enzo Silon Surin at Institute for Contemporary Art

Children’s Storytime: Hanna Cha presents TINY FEET BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS at Brookline Booksmith

NaNoWriMo at Marlborough Public Library

André Aciman: Find Me at Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall

New England Poetry Club: New Poetry and Open Mic at Center for the Arts at the Armory

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André Aciman presents FIND ME: A NOVEL at Brattle Theatre

Joanne Chang presents PASTRY LOVE at Porter Square Books

Brookline Booksmith Book Club discusses JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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David J. Silverman presents THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: THE WAMPANOAG INDIANS, PLYMOUTH COLONY, AND THE TROUBLED HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING at Boston Athenaeum

Donald L. Miller presents VICKSBURG: GRANT’S CAMPAIGN THAT BROKE THE CONFEDERACY at The Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors

Mike Cohen featured at Story Space at Havurat Shalom

Transnational Series: Translating Silvina Ocampo at Brookline Booksmith

Jana Prikryl presents NO MATTER: POEMS in conversation with James Wood at Harvard Book Store

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GrubStreet FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series at GrubStreet HQ

Graphic Novel AIVALI: A STORY OF GREEKS AND TURKS in 1922 at Consulate General of Greece in Boston

Lee Smolin presents EINSTEIN’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION: THE SEARCH FOR WHAT LIES BEYOND THE QUANTUM at Harvard Science Center

NaNoWriMo at Watertown Free Public Library

All Necessary and Useful Knowledge: Thomas Bray’s Libraries for Colonial America at Boston Athenaeum

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Terry Tempest Williams presents EROSION: ESSAYS OF UNDOING at Brattle Theatre

Thomas Travisano presents LOVE UNKNOWN: THE LIFE AND WORLDS OF ELIZABETH BISHOP at Harvard Book Store

Saeed Jones presents HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Mimi Lemay presents WHAT WE WILL BECOME at Porter Square Books

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the First Church Boston

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Arthur Isak Applbaum presents LEGITIMACY: THE RIGHT TO RULE IN A WANTON WORLD at Harvard Book Store

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Opening Night at Hynes Convention Center

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center

GrubStreet Happy Hour Writing Session

Howard Eiland presents THE ARCADES PROJECT BY WALTER BENJAMIN in conversation with Lindsay Waters at Harvard Book Store

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Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center

NaNoWriMo at Newton Free Public Library

NaNoWriMo at Albert J Sargent Memorial Library

Louisa May Alcott’s Boston—Boston by Foot Walking Tour

Niki Segnit presents LATERAL COOKING: ONE DISH LEADS TO ANOTHER at Harvard Book Store

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Storytime with Union Square Donuts at Brookline Booksmith

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center

Tonya Mezrich and Ben Mezrich present CHARLIE NUMBERS AND THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

NaNoWriMo at Marlborough Public Library

Writers Helping Writers Reading & Raffle at Arts at the Armory

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Porsha Olayiwola & guests present I SHIMMER SOMETIMES, TOO at Boston Public Library

Transnational Series presents: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra in conversation at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Lizabeth Cohen presents SAVING AMERICA’S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE at Harvard Book Store

Adrienne Brodeur presents WILD GAME at Wellesley Books

Keena Roberts presents WILD LIFE and Nicole Valentine presents A TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY at Porter Square Books

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Suzanne Hinman – The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in the Gilded Age New York at Boston Public Library

Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky present ATRO POETS: YOUR GUIDE TO THE ZODIAC at Coolidge Corner Theatre

CD Collins featured at Story Space at Havurat Shalom

Nina MacLaughlin presents WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG at Harvard Book Store

November U35 Reading by Mass Poetry at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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Pastry Love: An Evening with Joanne Chang at More Than Words

NaNoWriMo at Wellesley Free Public Library

NaNoWriMo at Weston Public Library

Erin Eileen Almond presents WITCHES’ DANCE: A NOVEL in conversation with Steve Almond at Harvard Book Store

Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series at Kenmore Classroom Building, Boston University

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Christine Coulson presents METROPOLITAN STORIES : A NOVEL in conversation with Thomas Michie at Boston Public Library

George Howe Colt presents THE GAME at The Historic Rotunda at American Ancestors

Richard J. King presents AHAB’S ROLLING SEA: A NATURAL HISTORY OF MOBY-DICK at Harvard Book Store

Rozzie Read Poetry and Open Mic at Roslindale House

Martha Collins presents BECAUSE WHAT ELSE COULD I DO & Joseph Campana presents THE BOOK OF LIFE at Porter Square Books

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Stéphane Vial and Patsy Baudoin present BEING AND THE SCREEN: HOW THE DIGITAL CHANGES PERCEPTION at Harvard Book Store

Works in Translation – THE LIVING DAYS at Harvard Book Store

Jeffrey Zuckerman presents THE LIVING DAYS BY ANANDA DEVI in conversation with Annabel L. Kim at Harvard Book Store

Suzanne McConnell presents PITY THE READER: ON WRITING WITH STYLE at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Anne Fadiman reads from Clifton Fadiman’s WALLY THE WORDWORM at Porter Square Books

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Children’s Storytime: Wee The People: Innosanto Nagara presents M IS FOR MOVEMENT at The Puppet Showplace Theatre

Saturday Morning Storytime: Jen Corace at The Silver Unicorn

Seven Deadly Sins at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University

Katherine Hollander presents MY GERMAN DICTIONARY with Tanya Larkin at Porter Square Books

School Street Sessions with Martín Espada, Doug Anderson, Danielle Legros Georges, Everett Hoagland, Richard Michelson, Marge Piercy, Robert Pinsky, and Lauren Marie Schmidt at Omni Parker House, Kennedy Room

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Achayot Writing Workshop at Temple Israel of Natick

NaNoWriMo at Weston Public Library

Seven Deadly Sins at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University

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Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Ali Smith’s HOW TO BE BOTH: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

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The Gang of Six Featured at Story Space at Havurat Shalom

Fostering Racial Justice Book Club: A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza at The Silver Unicorn

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Saturday Morning Storytime: Susan Tan at The Silver Unicorn

NaNoWriMo at Watertown Free Public Library

Fabiola Mendez at Fair Saturday at Arlington Street Church

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Harvard Book Store Gives Back

Solstice Magazine Benefit & Night Riffs at The Rockwell

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