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August 2019

Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day at Brookline Booksmith

August 17, 2019 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Join us for the first annual Bookstore Romance Day! Come browse our displays of staff romance favorites (up all through the month of August), enter a free raffle to win a basket of romance-related goodies, and get a free Booksmith Romance sticker with every purchase. From 2-3PM, meet one of our dedicated booksellers to receive personalized romance recs! All this and more, on Bookstore Romance Day at Brookline Booksmith.

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Sam Streed Presents Alfred’s Book of Monsters at Brookline Booksmith

August 18, 2019 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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With nods to Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, and Neil Gaiman, this humorous picture book about a Victorian boy obsessed with monsters presents a dark and appealing world. After reading about the slimy Nixie, the angry Black Shuck, and the creepy Lantern Man in his beloved Book of Monsters, Alfred decides to invite the monsters to teatime with his crusty old aunty, who thinks monsters are an improper obsession for a respectable young boy. Sam Streed is a children’s book author/illustrator, game artist, and…

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Brookline Booksmith Small Press Book Club: Loudermilk

August 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Discussing Loudermilk: Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World by Lucy Ives 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. It’s the end of summer 2003. George W. Bush has recently declared the mission in Iraq accomplished, the unemployment rate is at its highest in years, and Martha Stewart has just been indicted for insider trading. Meanwhile, somewhere in the…

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Hank Phillippi Ryan Presents The Murder List at Brookline Booksmith

August 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future. Problem is–she’s wrong. And in this cat and mouse game, the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival. Hank Phillippi Ryan has won five…

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Jan Schreiber in Conversation with Charles Coe at Brookline Booksmith

August 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Join former Brookline poet laureate Jan Schreiber and poet Charles Coe for a reading in our Used Book Cellar. Jan Schreiber was Poet Laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts from 2015 to 2017. His books include Digressions (1970), Wily Apparitions (1992), Bell Buoys (1998), and Peccadilloes (2014), as well as two books of translations: A Stroke upon the Sea and Sketch of a Serpent. A cycle of his poems, Zeno’s Arrow, was set to music by Paul Alan Levi in 2001. His criticism has been widely published and was collected in his book Sparring with the…

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Madeline Bilis Presents 50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts at Brookline Booksmith

August 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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In this first-edition guide, Madeline Bilis shares her years of outdoors experience in the Boston area, providing 50 hikes for people of all skill and experience levels. While the Berkshires tend to get all recognition when it comes to hiking in Massachusetts, the eastern part of the state is packed with treasures for lovers of the outdoors. From the rocky ledges of the Blue Hills Reservation to the sandy stretches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, incredible trails and vistas…

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Ibram X. Kendi Presents How to Be an Antiracist at

August 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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$5 - $27

Ibram X. Kendi will speak in conversation with Boston Globe’s Renée Graham at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 6:00pm on August 28th (ticket required). Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active…

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Katrin Davidsdottir Presents Dottir at Brookline Booksmith

August 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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THIS EVENT was previously scheduled for August 23rd. It will now take place on August 29th. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” twice, Katrin Davidsdottir knows all about the importance of mental and physical strength. A gymnast as a youth, Davidsdottir wanted to try new challenges and found a love of CrossFit. But it hasn’t been a smooth rise to the top. In Dottir, the author shares her journey…

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Did You Know?

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