Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

Harvard Book Store welcomes KATHRYN SIKKINK—the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—for a discussion of her latest book, Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century.

Evidence for Hope makes the case that, yes, human rights work.  Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy or even a questionable byproduct of Western imperialism.  They point out that Guantánamo is still open, the Arab Spring protests have been crushed, and governments are cracking down on NGOs everywhere.  But respected human rights expert SIKKINK draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to the pessimistic doubts about human rights laws and institutions.  She demonstrates that change comes slowly and as the result of struggle, but in the long term, human rights movements have been vastly effective.

This event is free and open to the public.

Evidence for Hope will be on sale at the event, 20% off.


PATTI SMITH on Devotion (Why I Write)

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned performer and artist PATTI SMITH—author of the National Book Award–winning memoir Just Kids and the New York Times best seller M Train—for a discussion of her latest book, Devotion (Why I Write).

A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met?  In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets here.  Every ticket purchase includes a pre-signed copy of Devotion.


DANIEL MENDELSOHN, “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic”

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning memoirist and critic DANIEL MENDELSOHN (The Lost) for a discussion of his latest book, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic.

When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual.  For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his “one last chance” to learn the great literature he’d neglected in his youth—and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer’s great work together, it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too…

This event is free and open to the public.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic will be on sale at the event 20% off.


Actor/author KARL GEARY reads his first novel: Montpelier Parade

Brookline Booksmith hosts novelist KARL GEARY for his first-time novel, Montpelier Parade.

The house is on Montpelier Parade: just across town, but it might as well be a different world.  Working on the garden with his father one Saturday in Dublin, Sonny is full of curiosity.  Then the back door eases open and she comes down the path towards him. Vera.

Chance meetings become shy arrangements, and soon Sonny is in love for the first time. Casting off his lonely life of dreams and quiet violence for this new, intoxicating encounter, he longs to know Vera, even to save her. But what is it that Vera isn’t telling him?

This event is free and open to the public.


Darkansas: A Novel with debut author JARRET MIDDLETON

Trident Booksellers is pleased to host author JARRET MIDDLETON for a reading of his debut novel, Darkansas.

Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, bluegrass legend Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.

When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother’s wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins―and one twin has always murdered their father.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


Local nonfiction author POPE BROCK presents Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon

Porter Square Books welcomes local nonfiction author POPE BROCK, who has published Indiana Gothic (about the murder of his great-grandfather), and now, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon—a work of what might be called speculative nonfiction.

Now that we’ve pretty much ruined planet Earth—no big secret—science tells us the human race could be doomed. Well, not all science, but some of it, enough to have sparked a lively interest in setting up someplace else.

But where?

The answer is the moon of course, and that’s what this book explores: the many ways in which today’s scientists, entrepreneurs, architects and, yes, a few loonies are working to get colonies established there ASAP. Filled with research, interviews and expert projections, these pages reveal how a web of fantastic new technologies could give mankind a brand new start off-world.

This event is free and open to the public.


Folk/Rock legend ART GARFUNKEL on his memoir

Harvard Book Store welcomes folk rock legend ART GARFUNKEL for a discussion of his memoir, What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man.  This event, taking place at First Parish Church, is co-sponsored by Harvard Square’s Club Passim.  GARFUNKEL will be joined in conversation by JARED BOWEN, WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts.

GARFUNKEL writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel…about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their path-breaking sound.  He writes about growing up in the 1940s and ’50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different—from the age of five feeling his vocal cords “vibrating with the love of sound”…

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets here, and all tickets come with a presigned copy of GARFUNKEL’s memoir.

This event is co-sponsored with Club Passim.


How does addiction impact family? A conversation between Granta publisher/editor SIGRID RAUSING and GISH JEN

Harvard Book Store welcomes Granta magazine editor SIGRID RAUSING—author of History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia and Everything is Wonderful—and bestselling author GISH JEN for a discussion of Mayhem, Rausing’s memoir of the impact of addiction on family.

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans’ sister, the editor and publisher SIGRID RAUSING, tries to make sense of what happened.

This event is not ticketed.

Mayhem will be on sale at the event for 20% off.


Local YA authors take on the fantastic and peculiar at Brookline Booksmith

Do you like fairy tales, the peculiar, the weird, the fantastical, or the just plain fascinating?  Join local YA authors at Brookline Booksmith as they take on the fantastic and the strange. This panel includes PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE (The Beast is an Animal), M.T. ANDERSON (Landscape with Invisible Hand), LANA POPOVIC (Wicked Like a Wildfire), and GREG KATSOULIS (All Rights Reserved).

Come discover a fairy-tale of soul eaters, a curse on sisters who magically manipulate beauty, a girl who remains silent in a world where every word is copyrighted and paid for, and two teens who fake romance for the entertainment of aliens who have invaded Earth.

This event is free and open to the public.


Poets KERRI FRENCH, JENNIFER MILITELLO, and SARAH SWEENEY at Trident Booksellers

Trident Booksellers is pleased to host a reading to celebrate the release of KERRI FRENCH’s poetry collection Every Room in the Body, winner of the 2016 Moon City Poetry Award.  The reading will also feature two other writers with recent releases: poet JENNIFER MILITELLO (reading from A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments), and nonfiction writer and poet SARAH SWEENEY (reading from her essay collection Tell Me If You’re Lying).

This event is free and open to the public.

Trident Booksellers has all three of these poetry collections.  You can purchase your copies in-store or online for FRENCH, MILITELLO, and/or SWEENEY’s collections.