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.


Award-winning poet CHUCK CARLISE at Trident Booksellers

Trident Booksellers is pleased to host award-winning poet CHUCK CARLISE for a night of his poetry from his newest collection In One Version of the Story.  He will be reading, signing, and answering questions about the collection.

In One Version of the Story is a lyric exploration of the ways human beings confront desire, loss and absence by creating stories. Its narrative situation begins with the French folk legend of “l’Inconnue de la Seine”—the unidentified young woman who drowned herself in Paris in the 1880s, and whose (unauthorized) death mask was eventually cast as the face of Resusci-Anne CPR training dummies—but eventually the book encompasses a chronicle of personal loss, a history of photography, a study of the mechanics of breathing, and a solo climb to the rim of a Mediterranean volcano.

The book is a hybrid of narrative history, lyric meditation, and journalistic investigation— often implicating the speaker (and reader) in the act of “myth-making” itself.  It is story-making itself, which is interrogated here; however, the book seeks not to recreate narratives, but rather to understand why they matter and how we attribute the meaning that we create.

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Launch party for local novelist JENNIFER TSENG’s The Passion of Woo & Isolde

Some may know JENNIFER TSENG’s story “The Words ‘Honey’ and ‘Moon'” from The Papercuts Anthology: Volume 1.  Join Papercuts JP for the launch party of The Passion of Woo & Isolde & Other Stories, TSENG’s newest chapbook and winner of Rose Metal Press’s 11th Annual Chapbook Contest judged by Amelia Gray.

The Passion of Woo & Isolde & Other Stories scintillates with the thrall of the unknown and the forbidden, the immigrant and the exile. In each of these twenty-four very short fictions, novelist and poet JENNIFER TSENG explores the limits and limitlessness of our ability to see.

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Award-winning poet FRANK BIDART reads Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016

Harvard Book Store welcomes Wellesley College professor and award-winning poet FRANK BIDART—author of DesireStar DustWatching the Spring Festival, and Metaphysical Dog—for a reading from his latest poetry collection, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.

Gathered together, the poems of FRANK BIDART perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us.

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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Poet EZRA DAN FELDMAN presents Habitat of Stones

Porter Square Books welcomes poet EZRA DAN FELDMAN as he reads from his poetry collection Habitat of Stones.

FELDMAN’s poetry collection is tied together by a certain “arrogant man.”  This recurrent theme throughout the collection also bumps up against notions of the body: its finitude, its mortality and the struggles and regret of intimate relationships.

“Exposing patriarchal and capitalistic practices that often cripple society, Ezra Dan Feldman’s Habitat of Stones reveals the symptoms of living in a post-industrial and illusional, high-tech world: ‘He’s taken the world for a machine, a baby for a doll, a gun for a candy bar, which he offered to everyone…” –Mark Irwin

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A Night of Poetry at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes prize-winning poet ADRIENNE RAPHEL and Catenary Press co-editor DANIEL POPPICK for readings from their debut poetry collections, What Was It For and The Police.

In her debut collection What Was It For, Adrienne Raphel revitalizes the topsy-turvy lyric and its evergreen sagacity.

Charged with an electric syntax, haunted by lyric history, and “gripped in gravity’s mood,” the poems in The Police ask: How do we navigate the miasma that we call a common language?

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