Award-Winning Poet/Critic KEVIN YOUNG on the History of “Bunk”

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning poet and critic KEVIN YOUNG for a discussion of his latest book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public!

About Bunk

Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.
Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.


Novelist CLEA SIMON in conversation with BRETT MILANO

Brookline Booksmith presents CLEA SIMON, as she discusses her novel, World Enough, with BRETT MILANO.

This event is free and open to the public!

The camaraderie of Boston’s club scene hides something darker. A night out to hear some music, a band she used to love; but when onetime rock critic Tara Winton accepts an assignment from her former editor, she must revisit not only the old scene but everything she holds dear.

 

 


Poet DAVID FERRY on Virgil’s Aeneid

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning poet and translator DAVID FERRY for a discussion of his translation of Virgil’s Aeneid. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning poet and critic, former poet laureate, and Boston University professor ROBERT PINSKY. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

This event is free and also includes a book signing. Doors close at 6:00pm!

About The Aeneid

“I sing of arms and the man . . . ”

So begins the Aeneid, greatest of Western epic poems. Virgil’s story of the journey of Aeneas has been a part of our cultural heritage for so many centuries that it’s all too easy to lose sight of the poem itself—of its brilliantly cinematic depiction of the sack of Troy; the monstrous hunger of the harpies; the intensity of Dido’s love for the hero, and the blackness of her despair; and the violence that Aeneas and his men must endure before they can settle in Italy and build the civilization whose roots we still claim as our own.
This new translation brings Virgil’s masterpiece newly to life for English-language readers. It’s the first in centuries crafted by a translator who is first and foremost a poet, and it is a glorious thing. DAVID FERRY has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the Aeneid the same genius, rendering Virgil’s formal metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In FERRY’s, the Aeneid becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, of devotion and death. Never before have Virgil’s twin gifts of poetic language and urgent, compelling storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. FERRY’s Aeneid will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil, and the perfect entry point for new readers.


ANNE FADIMAN presents The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer ANNE FADIMAN—author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down—for a discussion of her latest book, The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir.

This event is free and open to the public.

About The Wine Lover’s Daughter
In The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines―with all her characteristic wit and feeling―her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine.

An appreciation of wine―along with a plummy upper-crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature―was an essential element of Clifton Fadiman’s escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan. But wine was not just a class-vaulting accessory; it was an object of ardent desire. The Wine Lover’s Daughter traces the arc of a man’s infatuation from the glass of cheap Graves he drank in Paris in 1927; through the Château Lafite-Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his eightieth birthday, when he and the bottle were exactly the same age; to the wines that sustained him in his last years, when he was blind but still buoyed, as always, by hedonism.

Wine is the spine of this touching memoir; the life and character of Fadiman’s father, along with her relationship with him and her own less ardent relationship with wine, are the flesh. The Wine Lover’s Daughter is a poignant exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate by one of our finest essayists.


Author and Vanity Fair editor CULLEN MURPHY talks memoir with ALEX BEAM

Harvard Book Store welcomes author, Vanity Fair editor, and former The Atlantic editor CULLEN MURPHY for a discussion of his latest book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe. He will be joined in conversation by author and Boston Globe columnist ALEX BEAM. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Cartoon County
For a period of about fifty years, right in the middle of the American Century, many of the nation’s top comic-strip cartoonists, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut―a bit of Bohemia in the middle of those men in their gray flannel suits.

CULLEN MURPHY’s father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the wildly popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt and was at the heart of this artistic milieu. Comic strips and gag cartoons read by hundreds of millions were created in this tight-knit group―Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Sam & Silo, Amy, The Wizard of Id, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Family Circus, Joe Palooka, and The Lockhorns, among others. Cartoonists and their art were a pop-cultural force in a way that few today remember. Anarchic and deeply creative, the cartoonists were independent spirits whose artistic talents had mainly been forged during service in World War II.

Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, cartoons, and drawings, Cartoon County brings the postwar American era alive, told through the relationship of a son to his father, an extraordinarily talented and generous man who had been trained by Norman Rockwell. Cartoon County gives us a glimpse into a very special community―and of an America that used to be.


Mass Poetry’s U35 Poetry Series at Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Join Trident Booksellers & Cafe, in conjunction with Mass Poetry, for a bi-monthly reading series that promotes and bolsters Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35.

This event is free.


DENIS LEARY on “Why We Don’t Suck”

From the actor/comedian and author of the bestselling Why We Suck, Denis Leary comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense, Why We Don’t Suck.

This event, sponsored by the Brookline Booksmith, will take place at the Wilbur Theatre. Tickets are $38 and are to be ordered online. Each ticket includes a signed copy of Why We Don’t Suck.

 


CLAIRE MESSUD: The Burning Girl

Brookline Booksmith is proud to present CLAIRE MESSUD as she discusses her latest novel: The Burning Girl.

A bracing, hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children.

This event is free and open to the public!

 

 


REBECCA MORGAN FRANK: Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country

Ranging from love song to train song to jump rope rhyme, the poems in REBECCA MORGAN FRANK’S Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country are voiced by perpetual outsiders searching for a sense of place from small Southern towns to the tunnels and tracks of the urban North. Personal and regional histories blur through the intimate paths of tornadoes, guns, suburban sprawl, and the ongoing quest to escape where we come from.

REBECCA MORGAN FRANK is the author of The Spokes of Venus and Little Murders Everywhere, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is cofounder and editor of the online literary magazine Memorious.

This event is free and open to the public.


Brookline Booksmith: Staff Talent Show

Yes, They sell you books – but did you know they can also do other stuff? Come and be dazzled by the hidden gifts of your friendly neighborhood booksellers at Brookline Booksmith!

This event is free and open to the public.