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. 

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JOYCE MAYNARD, Author of The Best of Us: A Memoir, in conversation with ROLAND MERULLO

Newtonville Books presents JOYCE MAYNARD and ROLAND MERULLO on October 11, 2017! This event is free to attend.

In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist JOYCE MAYNARD  met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, JOYCE resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple–to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and JOYCE’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

JOYCE MAYNARD is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World. Her essays and columns have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She is a frequent performer with The Moth, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers’ Workshop. She is the mother of three grown children, and makes her home in Lafayette, California.

ROLAND MERULLO is a bestselling author, most recently of The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama.


The Misfortune of Marion Palm: a conversation between EMILY CULLITON and MONA AWAD

Brookline Booksmith welcomes EMILY CULLITON and MONA AWAD for a conversation about CULLITON’s book, The Misfortune of Marion Palm.

AWAD’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’sThe WalrusJoylandPost RoadSt. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere; CULLITON is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver for fiction. The Misfortune of Marion Palm is her first novel.

About The Misfortune of Marion Palm:
A wildly entertaining debut about a wife and mother who embezzles a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

This event is not ticketed.


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

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, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

This event is not ticketed.

The Weight of Ink 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.