A Night of Chilling Stories with GARETH HINDS and BEN LOORY

Attention all Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fans: this is an event you’d regret missing.

Brookline Booksmith welcomes artist-adapter GARETH HINDS and author BEN LOORY for a night of their chilling tales.  HINDS will be presenting his graphic novel Poe: Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation, and BEN LOORY will be discussing his story collection Tales of Falling and Flying.  Both HINDS and LOORY have received high praise for their books from critics and from authors such as Ray Bradbury and Ransom Riggs.

Poe: Stories and Poems is a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known works such as “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Raven”.

LOORY returns with a second collection of timeless tales, Tales of Falling and Flying, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection.

This event is free and open to the public.


Award-winning author PAUL YOON at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author PAUL YOON—Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters—for a reading from his latest book, The Mountain: Stories.

In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal.

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 entry.


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.

No ticket purchase necessary for attendance.


Local writers CRYSTAL KING (Feast of Sorrow) and TIM WEED (Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories)

Harvard Book Store welcomes GrubStreet teachers CRYSTAL KING and TIM WEED for a discussion of their books, Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome and A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories.

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

WEED’s A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing begins on a high mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies.  This is the point of departure for these stories of dark adventure, in which vividly drawn landscapes provide an immersive setting for narratives about fishing guides, amateur sportsmen, teenage misfits, scientists, mountaineers, and expatriates embark on disquieting journeys of self-discovery in far-flung places: the hazardous tidal waters of Nantucket, the granite quarries and ski slopes of New Hampshire, Venezuela’s Orinoco basin, the ancient squares and alleyways of Rome and Granada, the summit of an Andean volcano, and the tension-filled streets of eastern Cuba.

Feast of Sorrow and A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing will be on sale at the event, 20% off.

This event is not ticketed.


ANN BEATTIE reads The Accomplished Guest: Stories

Harvard Book Store hosts award-winning author ANN BEATTIE—author of Chilly Scenes of Winter, Perfect Recall, and The State We’re In: Maine Stories—for a discussion of her latest book, The Accomplished Guest: Stories.  This is a collection of short stories from authors such as O. Henry and Pushcart.

Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, ANN BEATTIE’s astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging.  In some stories, as in life, what begins as a benign social event becomes a situation played for high stakes.

The Accomplished Guest: Stories will be on sale at the event, 20% off.

No ticket purchase necessary for attendance.


Authors AKHIL SHARMA and BILL ROORBACK present their short story collections

A double-header from two acclaimed short story authors!  Brookline Booksmith welcomes AKHIL SHARMA with A Life of Adventure and Delight and BILL ROORBACH with The Girl of the Lake.

Respectively referred to as “hypnotic as…the pages of Dostoyevsky” (The Nation), In A Life of Adventure and Delight, SHARMA delivers eight masterful stories that focus on Indian protagonists at home and abroad and that plunge the reader into the unpredictable workings of the human heart.

ROORBACH is described as “a kinder, gentler John Irving” (The Washington Post).  His characters in this collection are unforgettable: among them, an adventurous boy who learns what courage really is when an aging nobleman recounts history to him; a couple hiking through the mountains whose vacation and relationship ends catastrophically; a teenager being pursued by three sisters all at once; a tech genius who exacts revenge on his wife and best friend over a stolen kiss from years past.

This event is free and open to the public.