The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, Reading & Discussion with ANI TUZMAN

The Temple Beth Zion in Brookline hosts a reading with ANI TUZMAN, author of The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov. The reading will be followed by discussion and book signing.

The Tremble of Love is an historical novel inspired by the legendary healer and spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, who became known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name. Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary mystics transports readers back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love.

THIS EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

“The message of the Baal Shem Tov―ecstatic seeker, compassionate healer, mediator, mystical teacher, and peacemaker―is as needed today as it was in his lifetime: our capacity to love and care for the other is the path to lasting peace and harmony.”

~Dr. Paula Green, Founder and Senior Advisor, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

The Tremble of Love is a book that nourishes the spirit, a book for people of all faiths―as well as for those who have lost faith.”

~Father Gilbert Aranha, Executive Secretary for the Bishops’ Conference for Ecumenism and founder of JPK House of Love (Prema Nilaya), Mysore, India

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TREMBLE OF LOVE AND ANI TUZMAN, please visit http://anituzman.com


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.


Little Fires Everywhere, the latest from CELESTE NG

Porter Square Books is pleased to host local novelist, and best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You, CELESTE NG for a reading of her newest novel, Little Fires Everywhere.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead.

When old family friends of the strict Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts single-mother Mia Warren and Elena Richardson on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

This event is free and open to the public.


NYT bestselling author ATUL GAWANDE with novelist JENNIFER HAIGH

Brookline Booksmith hosts bestselling surgeon/author ATUL GAWANDE with American novelist and Hemingway Foundation/PEN award-winning JENNIFER HAIGH.  They will be at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to discuss GAWANDE’s latest book: Being Mortal.

Named a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times Book ReviewNPR, and Chicago Tribune, Being Mortal is now in paperback with a new reading group guide.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.  Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, GAWANDE reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced.  Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life— all the way to the very end.

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets online or in the store.  Each ticket includes admission and one paperback copy of Being Mortal.


Freedom’s Ring, A Boston-set Novel by HEIDI CHIAVAROLI

Trident Booksellers host author HEIDI CHIAVAROLI as she takes her audience back in time to discover what really happened the night of the Boston Massacre. She will read passages from her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, answer questions, and sign books.

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.  Although two years have passed since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong.  She knows the truth: she is far from strong.  She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day—guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero’s face.  But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she’s finally able to discover her hero…and the story of the woman behind the ring.

This event is free and open to the public.

Freedom’s Ring is currently being sold at Trident Booksellers.  You can purchase a copy in-store or online here.


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.

This event is not ticketed.


Screenplay writer MARK LAMPRELL’s One Summer Day in Rome with MARGARET EVANS

Brookline Booksmith welcomes MARK LAMPRELL, screenplay writer of Babe: Pig in the City and author of The Lovers’ Guide to Rome, in conversation with Canadian journalist Margaret Evans for his newest book, One Summer Day in Rome.

Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful business people from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete—but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age—“Sometimes I look at my laughter lines and wonder what on earth could have been that funny”—who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas.

This reading is co-sponsored by the American Australian Association.


Novelist KAMILA SHAMS: Home Fire

Brookline Booksmith hosts Pakistani novelist KAMILA SHAMSIE— author of Burnt ShadowsKartography, and Salt and Saffron— for a reading from her latest novel, Home Fire, at the Coolidge Corner Public Library.

After raising her orphaned twin siblings, Isma is free; but she can’t stop worrying about her beautiful sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn— charming, naive, cavalier— enters the sisters’ lives, and suddenly all their fates are devastatingly entwined.

This event is not ticketed.

This event, co-sponsored by the Public Library of Brookline, is not ticketed.