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Jake Brennan presents DISGRACELAND in conversation with Adam Weiner at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Leslie Jamison presents MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN: ESSAYS in conversation with Alex Marzano-Lesnevich at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Lauren Shippen presents THE INFINITE NOISE with WROB Program Director Alexander Danner at Porter Square Books

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Ann Patchett presents THE DUTCH HOUSE at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Billy Bragg presents THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF FREEDOM in conversation with Cass R. Sunstein at Cambridge Public Library

Jill Lepore presents THESE TRUTHS: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES in conversation with Robin Young at WBUR CitySpace

Caroline Kaufman presents WHEN THE WORLD DIDN’T END: POEMS at Harvard Book Store

Josh Gondelman presents NICE TRY at Brookline Booksmith Used Books Cellar

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Richard Russo presents CHANCES ARE . . . : A NOVEL at Brattle Theatre

Jennifer Block presents EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST: WHY HEALTH CARE NEEDS A FEMINIST REVOLUTION in conversation with Jaclyn Friedman at Harvard Book Store

Bobby Hundreds presents THIS IS NOT A T-SHIRT in conversation with Johnny Cupcakes at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Author Talk and Book Signing with Edwin Hill at the State Library of Massachusetts

Author Talk Series: Jack Cashman: An Irish Immigrant Story at Boston Public Library

Stephen Chbosky presents IMAGINARY FRIEND: A NOVEL at Brattle Theatre

Fanny Howe presents LOVE AND I: POEMS at Harvard Book Store

Augusten Burroughs presents TOIL & TROUBLE at Somerville Armory

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Boston Book Festival at Dudley Square

Lisa Duggan presents MEAN GIRL: AYN RAND AND THE CULTURE OF GREED in conversation with Lauren Kaminsky at Harvard Book Store

Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant present THE GIFT INSIDE THE BOX in conversation with Daniel Gilbert at First Parish Church

Aarti Shahani presents HERE WE ARE at Porter Square Books

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R.J. Palacio presents WHITE BIRD at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Aimee Lucido presents EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE and Sofiya Pasternack presents ANYA AND THE DRAGON at Porter Square Books

Naja Marie Aidt presents WHEN DEATH TAKES SOMETHING FROM YOU GIVE IT BACK in conversation with Valeria Luiselli at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Special Signing Event: Felicia Day at Porter Square Books

Marie Lu presents REBEL in conversation with Kiersten Frost at Coolidge Corner Theatre

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Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey present SHE SAID: BREAKING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY THAT HELPED IGNITE A MOVEMENT in conversation with Ashley Judd at First Parish Church

Jim Wallis presents CHRIST IN CRISIS: WHY WE NEED TO RECLAIM JESUS at Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music

Annalee Newitz presents THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE: A NOVEL in conversation with Stephanie Burt at Harvard Book Store

Shira Erlichman and Franny Choi present ODES TO LITHIUM and SOFT SCIENCE at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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John Grisham and Doris Kearns Goodwin present THE GUARDIANS: A NOVEL at Back Bay Events Center

Dessa presents MY OWN DEVICES in conversation with Michael Pollan at Public Library of Brookline

South End Writes presents Alison Burnets at South End Library

The Grace Tour: Kim Liggett presents THE GRACE YEAR at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Cambridge Forum: Christopher Leonard presents KOCHLAND: THE SECRET HISTORY OF KOCH INDUSTRIES AND CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA at First Parish Church

Fatima Bhutto presents NEW KINGS OF THE WORLD: DISPATCHES FROM BOLLYWOOD, DIZI, AND K-POP at Harvard Book Store

Robert Kuttner presents THE STAKES: 2020 AND THE SURVIVAL OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY in conversation with E.J. Dionne Jr. at Cambridge Public Library

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Michael Frank presents WHAT IS MISSING at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Karen Chase: Oedipus in the Back Seat with Patrick Donnelly: Little Known Operas at The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar

Author Talk Series: Wiebke von Carolsfeld and Jean Kwok at Boston Public Library

Martha Minow presents WHEN SHOULD LAW FORGIVE? at Cambridge Public Library

A Night in with Joyful Clemantine Wamariya

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Nancy L. Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead presents A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING: THE NEW CONSPIRACISM AND ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY at Harvard Book Store

Imani Perry presents BREATHE: A LETTER TO MY SONS at Harvard Book Store

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South End History Writer Alison Barnet, Drawing a Capacity Crowd Last Week, Will Do a Second Presentation of “Once Upon A Neighborhood” at South End Library

Earfull: Nina MacLaughlin and Brock Clarke present HAMMER HEAD: THE MAKING OF A CARPENTER and WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE? at Mosesian Center for the Arts

Christopher Kimball presents MILK STREET: THE NEW RULES at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Alex Krieger presents CITY ON A HILL: URBAN IDEALISM IN AMERICA FROM THE PURITANS TO THE PRESENT at Harvard Book Store

Andrew McAfee presents MORE FROM LESS: THE SURPRISING STORY OF HOW WE LEARNED TO PROSPER USING FEWER RESOURCES—AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT at First Church Cambridge

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An Evening with Author Susan Isaacs at The Lenox Hotel

Ashley Lemieux presents BORN TO SHINE: PRACTICAL TOOLS TO HELP YOU SHINE, EVEN IN LIFE’S DARKEST MOMENTS at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

Leigh Bardugo presents NINTH HOUSE: A NOVEL at Cambridge Public Library

Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman present LIVING BREAD: TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN ARTISAN BREAD MAKING at Harvard Book Store

Kate Racculia presents TUESDAY Mooney Talks TO GHOSTS at Porter Square Books

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Author Talk Series: Alexandra Horowitz in conversation with Harriet Ritvo and Craig LeMoult at Boston Public Library

Gail Collins presents NO STOPPING US NOW: THE ADVENTURES OF OLDER WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY at Brattle Theatre

Pico Iyer presents A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN: OBSERVATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS and AUTUMN LIGHT: SEASON OF FIRE AND FAREWELLS at Harvard Book store

Authors chat: Susan Kapan Carlton in conversation with Linda K. Wertheimer at Newtonville Books

Denise Provost presents CURIOUS PEACH at Porter Square Books

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The American Inspiration Series presents: Gail Collins with NO STOPPING US NOW at 99-101 Newbury Street

Adrienne Brodeur presents WILD GAME: MY MOTHER, HER LOVER, AND ME in conversation with Joanna Rakoff at Harvard Book Store

Bill Bryson presents THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS at First Parish Church

Sergio Troncoso & Illan Stavans in conversation at Porter Square Books

Adam Rippon presents Beautiful on the Outside at the Wilbur

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Boston Book Festival at Copley Square

Saturday Morning Storytime: Patricia MacLachlan at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Mackenzi Lee presents HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN FIFTY DOGS at Porter Square Books

Naomi Oreskes presents WHY TRUST SCIENCE? at Harvard Science Center

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Boston Book Festival: Roxbury Edition at Dudley Square

Author Event: Debbi Michiko Florence (Proceeds to Benefit Buddy Dog!) at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Author Tina Cassidy with Journalist Charlie Sennott at Fivesparks

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Jeanette Winterson presents FRANKISSSTEIN: A LOVE STORY at First Parish Church

Roy Scranton presents I ❤ OKLAHOMA!: A NOVEL in conversation with David Levine at Harvard Book Store

Sasha Sagan presents FOR SMALL CREATURES SUCH AS WE at Cambridge Public Library

Hannah Hart presents MY DRUNK KITCHEN HOLIDAYS! at The Wilbur

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Award-winning Foreign Correspondent Stephen Kinzer Returns to the South End Library with POISONER IN CHIEF: SIDENY GOTTLIEB AND THE CIA SEARCH FOR MIND CONTROL

Elizabeth Earley presents LIKE WINGS, YOUR HANDS: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

Steven Hassan presents THE CULT OF TRUMP at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Sean Carroll presents SOMETHING DEEPLY HIDDEN: QUANTUM WORLDS AND THE EMERGENCE OF SPACETIME at Harvard Science Center

Jami Attenberg presents ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS in conversation with Laura Van Den Berg at Harvard Book Store

Kate Wisen presents DRIVING IN CARS WITH HOMELESS MEN in conversation with Jenn De Leon at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo present I’LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR IF YOU CONSIDER THIS ART at Brookline Booksmith

Speculative Boston Reading Series: Dark Fiction at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne presents HOLDING ON TO NOTHING: A NOVEL at Harvard Book Store

Ronan Farrow presents CATCH AND KILL: LIES, SPIES, AND A CONSPIRACY TO PROTECT PREDATORS at Back Bay Events Center

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Serhii Plokhy presents FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: AMERICAN AIRMEN BEHIND THE SOVIET LINES AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE at Harvard Book Store

Gary Janetti presents DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?: (THINGS THAT STILL ANNOY ME) at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

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Saturday Morning Storytime: Jacqueline Veissid at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Gabrielle Bernstein presents SUPER ATTRACTOR at Strand Theatre

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Rhett McLaughin and Link Neal present THE LOST CAUSES OF BLEAK CREEK at the Wilbur

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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

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

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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

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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

Laura van den Berg and Claire Messud present EAT JOY: STORIES AND COMFORT FOOD FROM 31 CELEBRATED WRITERS at Harvard Book Store

Susan Rice presents TOUGH LOVE: MY STORY OF THE THINGS WORTH FIGHTING FOR at First Parish 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

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