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October 2019

Children’s Storytime: Jacqueline Veissid presents RUBY’S SWORD and CASPIAN FINDS A FRIEND

October 20, 2019 | 10:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Ruby’s Sword - Ruby is always racing after her big brothers. But no matter how hard she tries, she can never catch up. Then one day, she discovers some sticks in the grass. Not just any sticks—swords! And suddenly the world is her kingdom. Caspian Finds A Friend - Caspian lives in a lighthouse surrounded by a cold gray-blue sea. Every day, he watches, wishing for a friend. But no one comes. So, Caspian decides that wishing is not enough.…

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Small Press Book Club discusses Axiomatic at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

October 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free

Discussing Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club will meet to discuss a book from an independent publisher. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com. Drawing on nine years of research, Axiomatic explores the ways we understand the traumas we inherit and the systems that sustain them. In five sections–each one built on an axiom about how the past affects the present–Tumarkin weaves together true and intimate stories of a community dealing with…

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Hannah Hart presents MY DRUNK KITCHEN HOLIDAYS! at The Wilbur

October 21, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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$44

UPDATE: Hannah Hart will now be joined in conversation by Thomas Sanders and Kelsey Darragh! A collection of recipes, activities, and suggestions about hilarious and joyous ways to celebrate with family, friends, pets, and your entire community, My Drunk Kitchen Holidays! will commemorate holidays from Valentine’s Day to Graduation, Pride Month and International Left-Handers’ Day (really!). The book will cumulate with the fall holidays that get much deserved attention: recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a celebration of Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Christmas that is…

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

October 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free

One of America’s leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters. The Cult of Trump is an accessible and in-depth analysis of the president, showing that under the right circumstances, even sane, rational, well-adjusted people can be persuaded to believe the most outrageous ideas. Steven Hassan is a mental health professional who specializes in helping people to recover from mind control as…

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

October 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free

This event will be in conversation with Jenn De Leon, author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From. Serena, Frankie, Raffa, and Nat collide and break apart like pool balls to come back together in an imagined post-divorce future. Homeless Men is the collective story of women whose lives careen back into the past, to the places where pain lurks and haunts. With riotous energy and rage, they run towards the future in the hopes of untangling themselves from failure…

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Transnational Film Series & Boston Palestine Film Festival Screening: Gaza: A Documentary at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

October 23, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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$13

At Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Remis Auditorium Our Transnational Literature Series further explores migration, exile, and displacement through foreign film. This screening of Gaza: A Documentary is part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival. A small coastal strip that measures just twenty-five miles by six, Gaza is home to almost two million people who have lived under siege since 2007. This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be fully immersed in the heart of…

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

October 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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$22

Join us for a meet and greet with Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo, who are celebrating their new book I’ll Give You a Dollar if you Consider This Art (Tallfellow Press). This event will consist of a book signing and photo op–there will be no author talk. Tickets come with a paperback copy of the book. Hardcovers will be available to purchase in limited quantities. The event will take place at Brookline Booksmith starting at 6pm. Toddy Smith is a…

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

October 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free

Gary spends his twenties in New York, dreaming of starring on soap operas while in reality working at a hotel where he lusts after an unattainable colleague and battles a bellman who despises it when people actually use a bell to call him. He chronicles the torture of finding a job before the internet when you had to talk on the phone all the time, and fantasizes, as we all do, about who to tell off when he finally wins…

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Children’s Storytime:Wheelock Family Theatre – WILLY WONKA The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka at Brookline Booksmith

October 27, 2019 | 10:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Roald Dahl’s timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.

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

October 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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$42 - $150

From the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality and creators of Good Mythical Morning, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, raised in North Carolina and best friends since the first grade, are a comedy duo known for creating the internet’s most-watched daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning; their award-winning weekly podcast, Ear…

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Eva Chen and Derek Desierto present JUNO VALENTINE AND THE FANTASTIC FASHION ADVENTURE at Coolidge Corner Theatre

October 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 United States
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$5 - $19

It’s school picture day and Juno Valentine is having a fashion emergency! Her mom wants her to wear fabulous florals, her dad wants her to wear rainbow ruffles, but Juno’s not sure what to choose. And just when Juno thinks her conundrum couldn’t get any more complicated, her little brother, Finn, disappears into the magical hall of shoes! In an epic chase through time, Juno gets some help from female icons like Simone Biles, Audrey Hepburn, Annie Oakley, and Michelle…

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

October 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Free

This revised and updated second edition includes 120 new entries and a fold-out road trip map (with a dream itinerary) to offer readers even more of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth. Oversized, beautifully packaged, compellingly written, scrupulously researched, and filled with photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and more, this is the book that inspires equal parts wonder and wanderlust. Joshua Foer is the co-founder and chairman of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking…

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Heather Morris presents CILKA’S JOURNEY at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

October 30, 2019 | 6:00 pm
$8 - $30

PLEASE NOTE: this event was formerly scheduled to take place at Coolidge Corner Theatre. It will now take place downstairs at Brookline Booksmith. All other details remain the same. Heather Morris, the author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, returns with Cilka’s Journey, the story of a young woman’s survival from Auschwitz to Siberia. From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka’s journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit—and the will we have to survive. This event will consist…

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November 2019

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

November 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Idra Novey in conversation with Laura van den Berg Those Who Knew Award-winning novelist, poet, and translator Idra Novey’s highly acclaimed Those Who Knew explores the consequences of abuse and the public exposure of abuse in the deep and truthful way only fiction can. “Gripping and astute,” Lauren Collins-Hughes wrote in her rave review for The Boston Globe, “a destabilizing, almost hallucinatory unreality wisps through Those Who Knew…but this is a hopeful novel, too.” Those Who Knew conjures a modern-day fable that shows how profoundly…

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Transnational Series Presents: Translating Silvina Ocampo at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Translating Silvina Ocampo with Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan Forgotten Journey The Promise Three translators of Silvina Ocampo’s work come together to discuss their recent translations of her fiction: Ocampo’s first work of fiction, a collection of short stories, and her last, a novella Ocampo spent twenty-five years perfecting. With Forgotten Journey, Silvina Ocampo’s first book of stories and her fiction debut, the poet initiated a personal, idiosyncratic exploration of the politics of memory, a theme to which…

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Transnational Series: Translating Silvina Ocampo at Brookline Booksmith

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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“Of all the words that could define her, the most accurate is, I think, ingenious.“—Jorge Luis Borges “I don’t know of another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us.“—Italo Calvino “Silvina Ocampo’s prose is made of elegant pleasures and delicate terrors. Her stories take place in a liquid, viscous reality, where innocence quietly bleeds into cruelty, and the mundane seeps, unnoticed, into the bizarre. Revered by some…

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Transnational Series presents: John Freeman in conversation at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

November 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

John Freeman in conversation with Krysten Hill Dictionary of the Undoing This event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet, one of the nation’s leading non-profit creative writing centers. For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and…

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

November 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra in conversation with Laetitia Zecchini Arvind Krishna Mehrotra A one-of-a-kind collection of work by one of India’s best contemporary poets. Gathering the work of a lifetime, spanning four books of poetry and including thirty-four new poems, this is the first comprehensive collection to be published in the United States and the United Kingdom of the work of one of India’s most influential English-language poets. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s poetry has long been known for its mixing of the…

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December 2019

Transnational Series Presents: Reimagining the Epics with Karthika Nair and Nina MacLaughlin at Brookline Booksmith Used Book Cellar

December 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Reimagining the Epics with Karthika Nair and Nina MacLaughlin Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung In Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. Through shifting poetic forms, ranging from pantoums to Petrarchan sonnets, Naïr choreographs the cadences of stray voices. And with a passionate empathy through a chorus of bold voices, she tells of nameless…

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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.