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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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May 2019

Launch Party for Erica Ferencik’s new novel, INTO THE JUNGLE

May 31, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

Please join me to celebrate the launch of INTO THE JUNGLE! Wine and pizza will be served. “…a haunting and authoritative exploration of the power and limitations of love-not only between two people, but between individuals and communities, and the wild and unpredictable earth they inhabit. With a fierce yet vulnerable heroine, indelible descriptions of the jungle's raging life-force, and a propulsive storyline, this book is truly a wonder.” – Katrin Schumann, bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours

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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.