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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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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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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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.


Screenwriter MARK LAMPREY: One Summer Day in Rome

Brookline Booksmith welcomes screenwriter MARK LAMPREY for a reading from his novel, One Summer Day in Rome.  One Summer Day in Rome is a novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself. LAMPRELL has written screenplays for such films as Babe: Pig in the CityGoddessMy Mother FrankA Few Less Men, and Cut.

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Novelist LINDSAY HATTON Reads “Monterey Bay”

Porter Square Books welcomes LINDSAY HATTON with her first novel, Monterey Bay.

In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot has been her father’s apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey’s tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create an unforgettable portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the beloved town her father and she both call home.

This event is not ticketed.

Monterey Bay 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.


Short story author PATRICK DACEY reads from his first novel The Outer Cape

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome PATRICK DACEY, author of the short story collection We’ve Already Gone This Far, for a discussion of his first novel, The Outer Cape.

Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late ‘70s—she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy.  But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having.  Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity.

This event is co-sponsored with Mass Humanities.

The Outer Cape is available for purchase at the event for 20% off.

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Food Feuds: From Ancient Rome to Southie at Kickstand Cafe

Come to Kickstand Cafe to see novelist CRYSTAL KING with her novel Feast of Sorrow, Top Chef judge BARBARA LYNCH with her memoir Out of Line, and Boston Globe’s food critic Ted Weesner.

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, KING’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

Out of Line describes LYNCH’s remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with colorful characters of the food world, and vividly evokes the magic of creation in the kitchen. It is also a love letter to South Boston and its vanishing culture, governed by Irish Catholic mothers and its own code of honor. Through her story, Lynch explores how the past—both what we strive to escape from and what we remain true to—can strengthen and expand who we are.

This event is free and open to the public.


DARYL GREGORY reads his newest novel: Spoonbenders

Harvard Book Store welcomes DARYL GREGORY—author of Afterparty, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the Shirley Jackson Award–winning novella We Are All Completely Fine—for a discussion of his new novel, Spoonbenders.

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country.

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

No tickets required for attendance.