The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, Reading & Discussion with ANI TUZMAN

The Temple Beth Zion in Brookline hosts a reading with ANI TUZMAN, author of The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov. The reading will be followed by discussion and book signing.

The Tremble of Love is an historical novel inspired by the legendary healer and spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, who became known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name. Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary mystics transports readers back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love.

THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

“The message of the Baal Shem Tov―ecstatic seeker, compassionate healer, mediator, mystical teacher, and peacemaker―is as needed today as it was in his lifetime: our capacity to love and care for the other is the path to lasting peace and harmony.”

~Dr. Paula Green, Founder and Senior Advisor, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

The Tremble of Love is a book that nourishes the spirit, a book for people of all faiths―as well as for those who have lost faith.”

~Father Gilbert Aranha, Executive Secretary for the Bishops’ Conference for Ecumenism and founder of JPK House of Love (Prema Nilaya), Mysore, India

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TREMBLE OF LOVE AND ANI TUZMAN, please visit http://anituzman.com


In Conversation: Author ALLEGRA GOODMAN

Best-selling author ALLEGRA GOODMAN talks about her latest book, The Chalk Artist, and shares her secrets on writing and her passions with GrubStreet Writer’s Room author KAREN LENAR WINN.

ALLEGRA GOODMAN’s novels include Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary, and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O.HenryAwards and Best American Short Stories. She has written two collections of short stories, The Family Markowitz and Total Immersionand a novel for younger readers, The Other Side of the Island. Her essays and reviews have appeared in TheNewYork Times BookReview, The WallStreetJournal, The NewRepublic, The Boston Globe, and TheAmerican Scholar. 

Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm and on weekends.


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

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 of dreams and quiet violence for this new, intoxicating encounter, he longs to know Vera, even to save her. But what is it that Vera isn’t telling him?

This event is free and open to the public.


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

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 the intended target. Now the entire mission–and everyone’s lives–are at risk. And Miranda may be the only one who can save them.

This event is not ticketed.

The Countdown Conspiracy is currently on pre-order at Porter Square Books.

If you cannot attend the event, you can still get a signed copy by purchasing the book online and mentioning in the comments section at checkout that you want it signed (or personalized).  This must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the event.


YA author JENN BISHOP at Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books welcomes JENN BISHOP with 14 Hollow Road, a warm coming-of-age novel about a community banding together in the wake of a tornado.

The night of the sixth-grade dance is supposed to be perfect for Maddie: she’ll wear her perfect new dress, hit the dance floor with her friends, and her crush, Avery, will ask her to dance. But as the first slow song starts to play, her plans crumble. Avery asks someone else to dance instead–and then the power goes out.

This event is not ticketed.

14 Hollow Road is currently being sold at Porter Square Books.

If you cannot attend the event, you can still get a signed copy by purchasing the book online and mentioning in the comments section at checkout that you want it signed (or personalized).  This must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the event.


Kill the Ámpaya! The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction with DICK CLUSTER

Porter Square Books hosts DICK CLUSTER for a discussion of his collection of Latin American baseball fiction, Kill the Ámpaya!  This collection features work from authors Leonardo Padura, Sergio Ramirez, Alexis Rosa Gomez and many more from countries such as Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

A rich variety of baseball fiction exists south of the Florida Straits and the Rio Grande, but almost none available in English. This collection translates for the first time stories ranging from the highly literary to the vernacular. These inventive and entertaining stories reveal the place of baseball in Latin America.

This event is not ticketed.