Novelist LAURA SCHENONE’s The Dogs of Avalon

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.

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Award-winning author PAUL YOON at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author PAUL YOON—Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters—for a reading from his latest book, The Mountain: Stories.

In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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ADAM ABRAMOWITZ reads from his debut gangster novel: Bosstown

Brookline Booksmith hosts debut novelist ADAM ABRAMOWITZ, author of Bosstown.

Boston’s fastest bike messenger is dragged into Boston’s gritty underworld of gangsters and blood money when the Big Dig threatens to uncover bodies and secrets his poker king father thought he had buried long ago.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.


Sci-Fi/Horror authors DAN MOREN and LL SOARES at Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books welcomes journalist, podcast host, and author DAN MOREN in conversation with Bram Stoker Award-winning author L.L. SOARES.

MOREN’s The Caledonian Gambit is a throwback to the classic sci-fi adventures of spies and off-world politics, but filled to the brim with modern sensibilities.  The galaxy is mired in a cold war between two superpowers.  Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth’s preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a ‘lowly janitor’ happily scrubbing toilets on Sabaea, a remote and isolated planet.  However, Kyle Rankin is a lie. His real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago.  The past that Brody desperately tried to abandon can grant Kovalic access to people and places that are otherwise off limits, even for a professional spy like Kovalic.

SOARES’s Buried in Blue Clay takes place in Blue Clay, Massachusetts— a city of 100,000, with more than its share of mysteries and urban legends (many of which are true).  Reddy Soames left when he was a kid and swore to never go back, but here he is, at the end of his rope, gathering stories for a book about Blue Clay’s legends.  It’s his last chance to get things right. Hek is a charismatic figure who will lift the veil and show Reddy the Blue Clay no one else sees.  Reddy will be drawn into his orbit, and witness things nightmares are made of.

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New Voices in Fiction: IAN BASSINGTHWAIGHTE in conversation with ANDREW KRIVAK

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome award-winning writer IAN BASSINGTHWAIGHTE and The Signal Flame author ANDREW KRIVÁK for a discussion of BASSINGTHWAIGHTE’s debut novel, Live from Cairo.

From a hugely talented, award-winning young author, a brilliant, lively debut novel about an impulsive American attorney, a methodical Egyptian translator, and a disillusioned Iraqi-American resettlement officer trying to protect a refugee who finds herself trapped in Cairo during the turbulent aftermath of the January 25 revolution.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

This event is part of Harvard and GrubStreet’s New Voices in Fiction event series.

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ALLEGRA GOODMAN Talks “The Chalk Artist” at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store hosts ALLEGRA GOODMAN for a discussion of her latest novel, The Chalk Artist.

A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of The Chalk Artist, from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, who The Wall Street Journal calls “a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion.”

Allegra Goodman’s novels include The Cookbook Collector and Intuition. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Short Stories. She is a winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

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