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279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660 https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/

Brookline Booksmith, located just outside of Boston in Coolidge Corner, originally opened in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith with the slogan “Dedicated to the fine art of browsing.” The store was one of the first bookstores on the East Coast to recognize that “serious” paperback books—a publishing phenomenon of the late 1950s—opened up the world of great literature to a mass audience. Prior to that, paperbacks mostly featured westerns and nurse stories and “serious” literature was only available in hardcover. Paperback Booksmith sold a diverse range of books—from great literature to naughty books, from books by and about the radical left to books by and about the radical right. The Booksmith was one of the first stores to display the books by category, rather than by publisher, and to organize its books alphabetically by author, encouraging customers to enjoy browsing on their own and at their leisure. Since its beginnings as Paperback Booksmith, Brookline Booksmith has continued to evolve, serving the people of Brookline and Boston.

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August 2019

Ibram X. Kendi Presents How to Be an Antiracist at

August 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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$5 - $27

Ibram X. Kendi will speak in conversation with Boston Globe’s Renée Graham at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 6:00pm on August 28th (ticket required). Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active…

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Katrin Davidsdottir Presents Dottir at Brookline Booksmith

August 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Free

THIS EVENT was previously scheduled for August 23rd. It will now take place on August 29th. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” twice, Katrin Davidsdottir knows all about the importance of mental and physical strength. A gymnast as a youth, Davidsdottir wanted to try new challenges and found a love of CrossFit. But it hasn’t been a smooth rise to the top. In Dottir, the author shares her journey…

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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.