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June 2017
Free

LGBT Novelist SJ SINDU reads from Marriage of a Thousand Lies

June 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes SJ SINDU with her novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies.  Lucky and her husband, Krishna, are gay.  They present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative families while each dates on the side.  It’s not ideal, but it seems to be working— that is, until Lucky rekindles a relationship with her first lover and childhood best friend, Nisha. “A timely tale with themes of immigration, free will, identity, and personal choice.” — Booklist This event is…

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July 2017
Free

Memoirist LEAH CAROLL and Essayist ALAN FISHBONE talk mortality and freedom

July 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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An event of a different color: LEAH CAROLL delves into the traumatic deaths of her parents and their intersections with the Rhode-Island mafia in Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love. ALAN FISHBONE is the motorcycle-riding classical scholar who offers wisdom gathered from the poetry of antiquity, and from near-death experiences on the open road in his work Organ Grinder: A Classical Education Gone Astray. This event, sponsored by the Boston Literary District, is free and open to the public.

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Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures

July 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Science fiction becomes reality in this Jurassic Park-like true story of the genetic resurrection of an extinct species. Join BEN MEZRICH at Brookline Booksmith for a look at his new book- Woolly. The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The 37th Parallel takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University.

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Satirist MATTHEW KLAM in conversation with CURTIS SITTENFELD

July 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts MATTHEW KLAM, author of story collection Sam the Cat: and Other Stories, with the release of his first novel Who is Rich?  He is joined by bestselling author CURTIS SITTENFELD (Prep). Who is Rich? A provocative and hilarious satire of love, sex, money, and politics in our new gilded age. This event is not ticketed.

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Actor CURTIS ARMSTRONG: “Revenge of the Nerd”

July 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts actor CURTIS ARMSTRONG with his memoir Revenge of the Nerd. A legendary comedic second banana, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds— but there's more to Curtis' story than that.  With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey— one nerd's hilarious, often touching, rise to the middle.

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Glee’s CHRIS COLFER with his final book in the best selling Land of Stories series

July 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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#1 New York Times bestselling author CHRIS COLFER returns to Brookline Booksmith on tour for the sixth and final book in The Land of Stories series!  Join us for an interactive event that will include: a reading from COLFER, audience Q&A, The Land of Stories trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. This is a ticketed event, and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry.  Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket.  Fans in costume will…

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BILLY BRAGG talks “Roots, Radicals and Rockers” at Brookline Brooksmith

July 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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In his latest book, the musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist BILLY BRAGG has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British music genre.  Initiated by amateur players of the blues, jazz, and folk, skiffle lured teenagers obsessed with all things American and eager to dance away post-WWII conformity and deprivation.  With a DIY ethos and three-chord tunes, skiffle inspired a generation of British lads to pick up guitars, including Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and a young…

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Illustrators BRADEN LAMB, SHELLI PAROLINE, and JEREL DYE present Making Scents and Pigs Might Fly

July 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts illustrators BRADEN LAMB and SHELLI PAROLINE with their book Making Scents, and JEREL DYE with Pigs Might Fly. If pigs were meant to fly, they'd have been born with wings—but there's no convincing Pig's Might Fly's Lily Leanchops.  To save Pigdom Plains, Lily must take to the skies in her own experimental aircraft—and there's no time for a test run. In Making Scents, Mickey's parents are crazy about the canines.  Naturally, they're raising their son as if he was a dog...and…

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Where’s Waldo? Kid’s Party

July 30, 2017 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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You’ve spent all month finding Waldo around Brookline—now come in and celebrate with Brookline Booksmith! Treats, activities, prizes, and a real live Waldo to find in the store. Bring your Waldo Passport to claim your rewards!

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Memoirist/Essayist DAVID GESSNER on Ultimate Frisbee

July 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts DAVID GESSNER as he reads from his memoir Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth. Before his rise as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, GESSNER devoted his 20's to the cult-ish sport of Ultimate Frisbee.  Sacrificing his body and potential career, he spent countless hours in pursuit of fleeting glory.  Ultimate Glory is a portrait of the artist as a young ruffian. This event is not ticketed.

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August 2017

TOM PEROTTA reads at Brookline Booksmith

August 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith is pleased to welcome author TOM PEROTTA (Election, Little Children, The Leftovers) as he reads from his newest novel, Mrs. Fletcher. Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next.  A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message.  Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!”  Over…

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