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May 2017

Jeff VanderMeer for “Borne”

May 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes Jeff VanderMeer on May 1st at 7pm for a reading from his new book "Borne," out from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on April 25th, 2017. Book signing to follow. In Borne, the epic new novel from Jeff VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed, bestselling Souther Reach Trilogy, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined, dangerous city of the near future. From one of her scavenging missions, Rachel brings home Borne, and quickly feels a growing attachment…

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LIDIA YUKNAVITCH – The Book of Joan

May 5, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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The bestselling author of The Chronology of Water offers a vision of our near-extinction in one of this year’s most anticipated novels, with a heroine–the reimagined Joan of Arc–on the precipice of a world ravaged by violence and greed. This event is free and open to the public.

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$5 - $28

ELIZABETH STROUT in Conversation with ANDRE DUBUS III in Brookline

May 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 United States
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An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this piece by Pulitzer Prize-winner ELIZABETH STROUT. Join her and Andre Dubus III at Coolidge Corner Theatre for a conversation, hosted by Brookline Booksmith, on Anything is Possible. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, her newest book underscores Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected authors. Tickets are $5 or free with the pre-order of Anything Is Possible, and may be purchased online…

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DANI SHAPIRO at Brookline Booksmith

May 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes DANI SHAPIRO for a discussion of her new memoir, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory; about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds; and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. This event is free and open to the public.

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MAXIM D SHRAYER – Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story

May 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Join MAZIM D SHRAYER at Brookline Booksmith as he reads from Leaving Russia, his memoir of coming of age and struggling to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life. Narrated in the tradition of Tolstoy's confessional trilogy and Nabokov's autobiography, this is a searing account of the KGB's persecution of "refuseniks," a poet's rebellion against…

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A True Tale of Love and Survival in the Amazon

May 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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The plot of LOST has nothing on HOLLY FITZGERALD's true story, Ruthless River. Join her at Brookline Booksmith to hear about the adventure: her and her newly-married husband surviving a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere-- a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. This event is free and open to the public.

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