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August 2017

Novelist LAURA SCHENONE’s The Dogs of Avalon

August 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts novelist LAURA SCHENONE with her new novel: The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril. The Dogs of Avalon introduces Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. Believing in the value of all creatures, she and a group of local women champion the cause of strays as they rescue animals in need, and take on increasingly risky missions. This event is not ticketed.

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First Annual Brookline Booksmith Book Swap

August 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Attention Book Hoarders: your trash may be someone else's treasure. Why not clear out your bookshelves of your less than favorites and spend an evening trading titles with fellow browsers at the Brookline Booksmith? Books that aren't claimed at the end of the night will go to a local charity. Please note: Brookline Booksmith stock is not included in the swap!

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September 2017

Feminist gamer ZOE QUINN and the fight against online hate in “Crash Override”

September 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes ZOE QUINN, author of Crash Override: How Gamer Gate  (Nearly) Destroyed My Life. Through her story as both target and activist, QUINN delves into the controversies, threats, and cultural battles that permeate our online lives. QUINN is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a vengeful blog post cobbled together from private information, half-truths, and outright fictions, and rallied online hordes to target her. Under the guise of #gamergate, they hacked her accounts; stole nude photos of her;…

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The Hidden Lives of Ordinary Things, a conversation with KIM ADRIAN and MATTHEW BATTLES

September 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts authors KIM ADRIAN and MATTHEW BATTLES who will read two entries from Object Lessons - a nonfiction series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury press about the hidden lives of ordinary things.  From sardines to silence, juniper berries to jumper cables, now it is Sock and Tree! Sock, by ADRIAN, tells the 'history' of the sock.  Socks are such an everyday part of our lives, we tend to overlook its importance— unless there's a problem.  Sometimes functional, sometimes fashionable,…

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Local poets at Brookline Booksmith

September 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Join three local poets for an evening of reading and discussion at Brookline Booksmith. In ZVI SESLING's Fire Tongue, the poems are precise and unsparing as they probe old questions of how and why the unspeakable enters our lives. In terse, suspenseful language and lines that are as light as their subjects they carry are heavy, indeed ominous, Sesling looks for hope, for what can redeem us. The poet finds the answer in our ability to listen, to feel, to own a…

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NYT bestselling author ATUL GAWANDE with novelist JENNIFER HAIGH

September 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446 United States
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$20

Brookline Booksmith hosts bestselling surgeon/author ATUL GAWANDE with American novelist and Hemingway Foundation/PEN award-winning JENNIFER HAIGH.  They will be at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to discuss GAWANDE's latest book: Being Mortal. Named a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune, Being Mortal is now in paperback with a new reading group guide. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable…

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Boston Globe journalist/author DICK LEHR (Black Mass) shares his latest

September 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes author of Black Mass, The Fence, and Judgement Ridge DICK LEHR with his newest publication, Trell. On a hot summer night in the late 1980's, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a twelve-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire.  Amid public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and — wrongly — convicted of…

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The German-Jewish Cookbook: A Look at the History and the Recipes

September 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts GABRIELLE ROSSMER GROPMAN and SONYA GROPMAN for a presentation of their German-Jewish cookbook and the history of the cuisine. The Gropmans—a mother-daughter author pair—have honored the original recipes Gabrielle learned after arriving as a baby in Washington Heights from Germany in 1939, while updating their format to reflect contemporary standards of recipe writing.  Featuring recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, this cookbook offers exciting discoveries for people already familiar…

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Novelist NICOLE KRAUSS interviewed by the New Yorker’s JAMES WOOD at Brookline Booksmith

September 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Author of Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love, and Great House, NICOLE KRAUSS comes to Brookline Booksmith with New Yorker critic JAMES WOOD for a discussion of her latest publication, Forest Dark. The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert. This event is ticketed.  You can purchase tickets…

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Before I Had the Words: A Reading with Trans Memoirist SKYLAR KERGIL

September 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith welcomes Youtuber Skylar "skylarkeleven" Kergil for a reading of his memoir Before I Had The Words.  KERGIL is a transgender activist, artist, and writer living in Boston. Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, KERGIL reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative…

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ELI FINKEL on the “All-or-Nothing Marriage”

September 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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If you think you know all there is to marriage, don't be afraid to put that to the test. Brookline Booksmith welcomes ELI J. FINKEL, professor at Northwestern University, to read from and discuss his book The All-or-Nothing Marriage. The institution of marriage in America is struggling, but— as FINKEL’s most recent research reveals— the best marriages today are better than the best marriages of earlier eras.  FINKEL provides a sweeping historic overview, showing that the primary functions of marriage from…

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YA author BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) at Brookline Booksmith

September 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith is pleased to welcome BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ, author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, for a reading and discussion of his latest young adult novel: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he…

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NYT best-selling author ELIAS WEISS FRIEDMAN returns with The Dogist: Puppies

September 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Attention all dog and animal lovers!  Brookline Booksmith and MSPCA-Angell Boston host The Dogist author, ELIAS WEISS FRIEDMAN as he returns with his next book on puppies. The Dogist: Puppies is a follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist.  Presented documentary-style, every portrait tells a story and explores each puppy’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to…

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A Night of Chilling Stories with GARETH HINDS and BEN LOORY

September 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Attention all Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fans: this is an event you'd regret missing. Brookline Booksmith welcomes artist-adapter GARETH HINDS and author BEN LOORY for a night of their chilling tales.  HINDS will be presenting his graphic novel Poe: Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation, and BEN LOORY will be discussing his story collection Tales of Falling and Flying.  Both HINDS and LOORY have received high praise for their books from critics and from authors such as Ray Bradbury and Ransom…

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Local YA authors take on the fantastic and peculiar at Brookline Booksmith

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Do you like fairy tales, the peculiar, the weird, the fantastical, or the just plain fascinating?  Join local YA authors at Brookline Booksmith as they take on the fantastic and the strange. This panel includes PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE (The Beast is an Animal), M.T. ANDERSON (Landscape with Invisible Hand), LANA POPOVIC (Wicked Like a Wildfire), and GREG KATSOULIS (All Rights Reserved). Come discover a fairy-tale of soul eaters, a curse on sisters who magically manipulate beauty, a girl who remains silent…

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Actor/author KARL GEARY reads his first novel: Montpelier Parade

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Booksmith hosts novelist KARL GEARY for his first-time novel, Montpelier Parade. The house is on Montpelier Parade: just across town, but it might as well be a different world.  Working on the garden with his father one Saturday in Dublin, Sonny is full of curiosity.  Then the back door eases open and she comes down the path towards him. Vera. Chance meetings become shy arrangements, and soon Sonny is in love for the first time. Casting off his lonely life…

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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.