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Brookline, MA 02446
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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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October 2019

Children’s Storytime: Jacqueline Veissid presents RUBY’S SWORD and CASPIAN FINDS A FRIEND

October 20, 2019 | 10:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Free

Ruby’s Sword - Ruby is always racing after her big brothers. But no matter how hard she tries, she can never catch up. Then one day, she discovers some sticks in the grass. Not just any sticks—swords! And suddenly the world is her kingdom. Caspian Finds A Friend - Caspian lives in a lighthouse surrounded by a cold gray-blue sea. Every day, he watches, wishing for a friend. But no one comes. So, Caspian decides that wishing is not enough.…

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Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo present I’LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR IF YOU CONSIDER THIS ART at Brookline Booksmith

October 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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$22

Join us for a meet and greet with Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo, who are celebrating their new book I’ll Give You a Dollar if you Consider This Art (Tallfellow Press). This event will consist of a book signing and photo op–there will be no author talk. Tickets come with a paperback copy of the book. Hardcovers will be available to purchase in limited quantities. The event will take place at Brookline Booksmith starting at 6pm. Toddy Smith is a…

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Children’s Storytime:Wheelock Family Theatre – WILLY WONKA The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka at Brookline Booksmith

October 27, 2019 | 10:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Free

Roald Dahl’s timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.

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November 2019

Transnational Series: Translating Silvina Ocampo at Brookline Booksmith

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
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Free

“Of all the words that could define her, the most accurate is, I think, ingenious.“—Jorge Luis Borges “I don’t know of another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us.“—Italo Calvino “Silvina Ocampo’s prose is made of elegant pleasures and delicate terrors. Her stories take place in a liquid, viscous reality, where innocence quietly bleeds into cruelty, and the mundane seeps, unnoticed, into the bizarre. Revered by some…

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