Belt It Out 20th Anniversary

Four incredible readers bringing you their talents, and a crowd of rambunctious art lovers who will then show their appreciation by SINGING back at these glrorious performers with karaoke. Belt It Out is back, baby, and it’s giving your the high brow and low brow the way you were always ment to have it.

Jennifer Tseng
Karen Locascio
Kelly Smith
Rob Arnold

You’re going to love it. Seriously.


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.


Darkansas: A Novel with debut author JARRET MIDDLETON

Trident Booksellers is pleased to host author JARRET MIDDLETON for a reading of his debut novel, Darkansas.

Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, bluegrass legend Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.

When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother’s wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins―and one twin has always murdered their father.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


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

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 in a world where every word is copyrighted and paid for, and two teens who fake romance for the entertainment of aliens who have invaded Earth.

This event is free and open to the public.


Local author event with novelist MICHELLE HOOVER, memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH, and poet SAM WITT

Join Porter Square Books for a night with Grubstreet’s MICHELLE HOOVER (Bottomland), award-winning memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH (All the Difference), and English poet/journalist SAM WITT (Everlasting Quail).

At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.

HORVATH’s transformation from a visibly disabled young woman to someone who, abruptly, “passes” for able-bodied, reveals cultural and personal tensions surrounding disability and creates an arc that connects imprisonment to freedom. What transpires is both suffocating and liberating. HORVATH’s confinement keeps her from being seen, but also cocoons a deeply personal sense of self-hood and relationship.

In Everlasting Quail, WITT combines diverse conventions such as the confession and the sexual love poem, with structures and language to invent a psycho-political landscape in which the physical world is transformed and the energy of human relationships celebrated. What holds these poems together is not the act of confession, description, or memory. Rather, they draw their vocabulary from a perpetually transformative relationship with the physical world, and with human beings, which, when merged, approaches transfiguration.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


A Night of Chilling Stories with GARETH HINDS and BEN LOORY

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 Riggs.

Poe: Stories and Poems is a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known works such as “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Raven”.

LOORY returns with a second collection of timeless tales, Tales of Falling and Flying, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection.

This event is free and open to the public.


ORHAN PAMUK with MARIA TARTAR discuss “The Red-Haired Woman”

Harvard Book Store welcomes Nobel Prize–winning novelist ORHAN PAMUK and Harvard professor of folklore and mythology  MARIA TATAR for a discussion Pamuk’s latest novel, The Red-Haired Woman—a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them.

On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before.  But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion.  The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a travelling theatre company, catches his eye and seems as fascinated by him as he is by her. The young man’s wildest dream will be realized, but, when in his distraction a horrible accident befalls the well digger, the boy will flee, returning to Istanbul. Only years later will he discover whether he was in fact responsible for his master’s death and who the redheaded enchantress was.

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets here.  The ticket includes a copy of The Red-Haired Woman.


FRED DEVECCA Shares his Mystery Novel, The Nutting Girl

Trident Booksellers hosts longtime screenwriter, photographer, director, actor, and free-lance writer/author FRED DEVECCA for a reading of his novel The Nutting Girl.

Middle-aged Frank Raven used to be a lot of things–a blind monk, a cop, a private detective, and a hard drinker. Now he doesn’t do much except run a funky old movie theater in bucolic Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, dance and sing with the local troupe of Morris Dancers, and record bird songs on his phone.  A lanky young wunderkind director, Nick Mooney, brings his Hollywood film crew to town and hires the “retired” Raven to protect his star: the wild, unpredictable, gorgeous, and prodigiously talented twenty-one-year-old Juliana Velvet Norcross, aka VelCro.  Reluctant at first, Raven takes on the job and slowly sees that there is more to VelCro than the troubled rebel she appears to be.  On the eve of filming, storms ravage the small village, and the river that runs through the center of town floods its banks.  The storm passes, VelCro recovers from illness that Raven’s girlfriend’s daughter, Sarah, helped nurse, and filming begins.  But during the first shot, she is swept away into the river, leaving no trace.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


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

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 was, who is he?

This event is free and open to the public.


Sid Sanford Lives! A reading and signing with debut author DANIEL FORD

Trident Booksellers is pleased to welcome local debut author DANIEL FORD for a reading and signing of his first novel, Sid Sanford Lives.  FORD also co-hosts a literary podcast known as Writer’s Bone.

Riffing on noir and told in a series of vignettes, Sid Sanford Lives! douses humanistic themes—love, loss, and family—in bourbon, shoves them in the barrel of a gun, and shoots.  This emotionally-charged debut is sure to keep readers up late into the night to find out who is left standing.

Sid Sanford always follows a path, just not his own. From backyard Wiffle ball games to New York City skyscrapers, Sid finds triumph and pain in equal measure during his uncertain, and at times violent, growth into adulthood.

This event is free and open to the public.