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July 2017

Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by LEDA SCHUBERT

July 30, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books welcomes children's books author LEDA SCHUBERT with her literary tribute to Pete Seeger, American folk singer and social activist who spoke/sang to support international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes. In this gorgeously written and illustrated tribute to legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger, author LEDA SCHUBERT highlights major musical events in Mr. Seeger's life as well important moments of his fight against social injustice. From singing sold-out concerts to courageously standing against the McCarthy-era finger-pointing,…

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Architect ROSALYN ELDER Explores the Historical Legacy of Massachusetts

July 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Join Porter Square Books with nonfiction author ROSALYN ELDER to explore the history of 742 sites in 141 towns across Massachusetts in Exploring the Legacy. ROSALYN D. ELDER is a registered architect and entrepreneur with a passion for the arts, architecture and cities, and history. ELDER founded and operated Treasured Legacy, an African American cultural boutique from 1992 to 1998 at Copley Place in Boston’s South End.  She co-founded and operated Jamaicaway Books, a multi-cultural bookstore, in Jamaica Plain, MA. In…

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August 2017

Blast off with children/teen Sci-fi author KATIE SLIVENSKY

August 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books welcomes children/teen author KATIE SLIVENSKY with her first book: The Countdown Conspiracy.  The Martian meets The Goonies in this out-of-this-world middle grade debut where the stakes couldn't be higher. Miranda Regent can't believe she was just chosen as one of six kids from around the world to train for the first ever mission to Mars. But as soon as the official announcement is made, she begins receiving anonymous threatening messages...and when the training base is attacked, it looks like Miranda is…

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The Weight of Ink: RACHEL KADISH & JOANNA RAKOFF discuss Jewish Literature

August 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books hosts author RACHEL KADISH and novelist/journalist JOANNA RAKOFF in conversation about KADISH's newest novel: The Weight of Ink. Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.  Electrifying and ambitious,…

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MADELEINE BLAIS Reads from her Memoir, “To the New Owners”

August 3, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square Books hosts nonfiction author, journalist, and memoirist MADELEINE BLAIS as she reads her newest memoir: To the New Owners. In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais's in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha's Vineyard for the exorbitant sum of $80,000. A little more than two miles down a poorly marked one-lane dirt road, the house was better termed a shack— it had no electricity or modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect.  To the…

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Heavy Metal + Thriller = TONY MACMILLAN Reading from The Augmented Fourth

August 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Like rock and metal?  How about thrillers?  Join Porter Square Books as they welcome novelist TONY MCMILLEN for a reading of his newest novel, The Augmented Fourth. Four individuals trapped in a snowed in hotel.  One of which, our narrator, is the bass player for the legendary, seminal heavy metal band Frivolous Black.  None of the four trapped in the hotel are exactly what they appear to be.  One might not even be human. This event is not ticketed.  

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Why They Stay: Journalist ANNE MICHAUD on Politicians’ Wives

August 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square hosts ANNE MICHAUD, a veteran political journalist who has won over 25 reporting and writing awards. MICHAUD reads her nonfiction book Why They Stay, and she offers a possible explanation for the wives of politicians who remain when their spouse is disloyal. After covering politicians for decades, acclaimed columnist MICHAUD switched her gaze to the women behind the cheating men.  Drawing from multiple sources that span the Roosevelts' marriage to the more recent scandal involving Hillary Clinton's closest aide…

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Biographer MARK SCHNEIDER on Gerry Studs: America’s First Openly Gay Congressman

August 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square Books welcomes biographer MARK ROBERT SCHNEIDER with his biography of the first openly gay congressman Gerry Studds, who served the Massachusetts South Shore, Cape Cod, and New Bedford congressional district from 1973 to 1997. On the floor of Congress, Studds confessed to having behaved inappropriately and then courageously declared that he was a gay man— becoming the country's first openly gay member of Congress.  Defying all expectations, Studds won reelection in a bruising campaign.  For the rest of his…

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The Fisherman’s Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter by CATHERINE MAGIA

August 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books welcomes author CATHERINE MAGIA for a reading of The Fisherman's Bride.  Often times, religious study focuses on the men of Christianity.  In this untold story of the woman behind the First Apostle, we see the journey of the fabled life of the unnamed wife who supports her husband through leaps and bounds. Cast off by her family after shunning a wealthy suitor to marry a humble fisherman, her life is fraught with hardship. She endures her husband’s growing restlessness,…

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Journalist KATHERINE NICHOLS reads Deep Water, a thrilling true story of 1970’s drug traffickers

August 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square Books hosts novelist KATHERINE NICHOLS with her newest book: Deep Water. It's 1971 in Coronado, a small southern California beach town. For seventeen-year-old Eddie Otero, a skilled waterman and avid surfer, life is simple. Then a friend makes him an offer: Swim an illicit package across the border from Mexico. The intense workout is dangerous. Thrilling. Lucrative. And the beginning of a small business.  The smuggling adventure grows into a one hundred million dollar global operation, and soon they…

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Poet SIMONE JOHN launches collection: Testify, joined by poet KRYSTEN HILL

August 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square Books welcomes SIMONE JOHN with local poet KRYSTEN HILL as JOHN launches her first full-length poetry collection: Testify. JOHN's first full-length book of poems experiments with documentary poetics to uplift stories of black people impacted by state-sanctioned violence.  Testify is ultimately a book of witness. It “burdens” its readers “with knowing.” Combined, both chapters serve as an unflinching critique of race and gender supremacy in the United States. This event is not ticketed.  

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Rolling Stone columnist ROB SHEFFIELD’s latest: Dreaming the Beatles

August 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Porter Square Books hosts ROB SHEFFIELD, Rolling Stone columnist and best-selling author (Love is a Mix Tape) presenting his latest-- Dreaming Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World. SHEFFIELD offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them. This isn't just another expose about the band and why they broke up.…

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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.