Book launch for CLEA SIMON’s Boston Noir Mystery, “World Enough”

Harvard Bookstore is pleased to host a reading and discussion of Clea Simon‘s new Boston noir mystery, World Enough (Severn House).

About World Enough:

The Boston club scene may be home to a cast of outsiders and misfits, but it’s where Tara Winton belongs; the world she’s been part of for the past twenty years. Now, one of the old gang is dead, having fallen down the basement stairs at his home.

With her journalist’s instincts, Tara senses there’s something not quite right about Frank’s supposedly accidental death. When she asks questions, she begins to uncover some disturbing truths about the club scene in its heyday. Beneath the heady, sexually charged atmosphere lurked something darker. Twenty years ago, there was another death. Could there be a connection? Is there a killer still at large … and could Tara herself be at risk?


“Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award” at the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library cordially invite you to their Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award, a competition that weighs the enduring literary merits of three bestsellers, all published in 1917. Contenders for the prize are T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations, Mohandas Gandhi’s Third Class in Indian Railways, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s His Last Bow: An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes. The books will be defended by poet and author Charles Coe, Michael Patrick MacDonald, memoirist, and suspense author Jacquelyn Mitchard respectively. Author Stona Fitch will moderate the irreverent debate, after which the audience will vote to determine the winner. A reception with the panelists will follow.


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.

 


Bestselling Mystery Novelist MICHAEL CONNELLY reads The Late Show

Brookline Booksmith welcomes MICHAEL CONNELLY with his latest mystery novel: The Late Show.  A once up-and-coming detective, Renée Ballard is stuck on the Hollywood night shift since accusing a supervisor of sexual harassment. But after catching two cases she can’t let go of—the brutal beating of a prostitute, and the shooting of a young woman in a nightclub—Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

This event is not ticketed.


Thriller Novelist LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG in conversation with Mystery Novelist HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN

Join Brookline Booksmith as they host LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG and HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, who will discuss GOLDBERG’s The Mentor.

When his favorite college professor mentions that he’s writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He’s eager to read the opus his mentor has toiled over…until it turns out to be not only horribly written, but depraved, and uncannily close to a real unsolved murder.

This event is not ticketed.