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November 2019

Kathleen Weiler presents MARIA BALDWIN’S WORLDS at Porter Square Books

November 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Maria Baldwin (1856--1922) held a special place in the racially divided society of her time, as a highly respected educator at a largely white New England school and an activist who carried on the radical spirit of the Boston area's internationally renowned abolitionists from a generation earlier. African American sociologist Adelaide Cromwell called Baldwin "the lone symbol of Negro progress in education in the greater Boston area" during her lifetime. Baldwin used her respectable position to fight alongside more radical…

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Mimi Lemay presents WHAT WE WILL BECOME at Porter Square Books

November 14, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her…

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Story Time with Drag Kings, Queens, and Friends at Porter Square Books

November 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Keshet Families with Young Children and Story time with Drag Kings, Queens, and Friends is excited to present a roving, pop-up, storytime adventure for kids big and small and kiddos at heart at Porter Square Books. The session features some of Boston's beloved circus stars, dancers, drag performers and friends reading from their favorite children's books. We will read read classic picture books, stories with a focus on family diversity and LGBTQIA+ Jewish themes. Sometimes there’s juggling, sometimes there’s dancing, and…

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Keena Roberts presents WILD LIFE and Nicole Valentine presents A TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY at Porter Square Books

November 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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In this installment of our Debut Voices series, Keena Roberts presents her debut memoir, while Nicole Valentine shares her first middle grade novel. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight meets Mean Girls in Keena Robert's funny, insightful fish-out-of-water memoir about a young girl coming of age half in a "baboon camp" in Botswana, half in a ritzy Philadelphia suburb, Wild Life. Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia…

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Ducks, Newburyport: LIVE! A NovelClass Podcast Taping at Porter Square Books

November 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Join Porter Square Books for a special live podcast taping with NovelClass, featuring NovelClass's Dave Pezza, Writer's Bone host Daniel Ford, and Porter Square Books' own booksellers Josh Cook and Kate Mikell, discussing Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport, shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. "For most of its 1,000 pages, Lucy Ellmann’s brilliantly ambitious seventh novel follows the unspooling consciousness of an Ohio housewife circa 2017, and does so almost entirely in one long, lyrical, constantly surprising sentence ... Whatever strangeness it presents has…

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George Howe Colt presents THE GAME at Porter Square Books

November 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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George Colt presents his book The Game, a New York Times Notable Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, for its new release in paperback. From the bestselling National Book Award finalist and author of The Big House comes “a well-blended narrative packed with top-notch reporting and relevance for our own time” (The Boston Globe) about the young athletes who battled in the legendary Harvard-Yale football game of 1968 amidst the sweeping currents of one of the most transformative years in American history. On November 23,…

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Martha Collins presents BECAUSE WHAT ELSE COULD I DO & Joseph Campana presents THE BOOK OF LIFE at Porter Square Books

November 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
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Poets Martha Collins and Joseph Campana read from their newest poetry collections. Because What Else Could I Do is a sequence of fifty-five untitled short poems, almost all of them addressed to the poet’s husband during the six months following his sudden and shocking death. Perhaps best known for her historical explorations of sociopolitical issues, Martha Collins did not originally intend to publish these poems. But while they are intensely personal, they make use of all of her poetic attention and…

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Anne Fadiman reads from Clifton Fadiman’s WALLY THE WORDWORM at Porter Square Books

November 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Prize-winning author Anne Fadiman presents and reads from a newly re-issued edition of her father Clifton Fadiman's book for children, Wally the Wordworm. A worm that lives on words, Wally finds himself starved for inspiration, until one day, he inches into a magical book: the dictionary. From this moment, he embarks upon a logomaniacal odyssey of epic proportions, twisting himself into the likes of "syzygy" and "sesquipedalian", "pyx" and "zymurgy". From its first publication in 1984, children and adults alike have…

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Katherine Hollander presents MY GERMAN DICTIONARY with Tanya Larkin at Porter Square Books

November 23, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
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Local poet Katherine Hollander presents her award-winning collection My German Dictionary, joined by fellow local poet Tanya Larkin. My German Dictionary, which was awarded the 14th annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize by former USA Poet Laureate Charles Wright, is a guide to an idiosyncratic interior country, a map of the experience of absorbing and being absorbed by Central European language, culture, aesthetics, and history. It is a catalogue of small beloved things inflected by massive horrors. The poems are home to and…

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