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August 2017

Roundtable of Literary Magazine Editors at Porter Square Books

August 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Why do literary magazines matter? How do they shape the Boston writing community? What are the manuscript submission "dos and don'ts"? Join a lively conversation, moderated by JENN SCHECK-KAHN of Journal of the Month, with editors from Post Road, Salamander, Agni, Redivider, apt, and Harvard Review. This is a great opportunity for anyone who's wanted to publish in a literary magazine or is just curious about their role in literary community. This event is free and open to the public.

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Journalist/author MICHAEL DEIBERT on the history of Haiti

August 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Join Porter Square Books as they host MICHAEL DEIBERT for a reading of Haiti Will Not Perish. In this moving and detailed history, MICHAEL DEIBERT, who has spent two decades reporting on Haiti, chronicles the heroic struggles of Haitians to build their longed-for country in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on years of interviews with Haitian political leaders, international diplomats, peasant advocates, gang leaders, and hundreds of ordinary Haitians, DEIBERT's book provides a vivid, complex, and challenging analysis of Haiti's…

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September 2017

Author STEPHANIE GAYLE reads Idyll Fears, the 2nd in her LGTBQ crime series

September 5, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Attention crime-novel enthusiasts!  A new series is underway, and you can meet the author, STEPHANIE GAYLE, at Porter Square Books for a reading of the second novel in her crime series: Idyll Fears. It's two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is…

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The Most Important Year: Dr. SUZANNE BOUFFARD on Pre-K Education

September 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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What do our young children need in the earliest years of school, and how do we ensure that they all get it? Porter Square Books invites author SUZANNE BOUFFARD to answer her own question with a reading from her book The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children. Cutting-edge research has proven that early childhood education is crucial for all children to gain the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed later in life. Children who attend…

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Twitter humorist JONNY SUN at Porter Square Books

September 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Join artist, illustrator, award-winning playwright, comedy writer, and Twitter personality JONNY SUN for a presentation of Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book, by Jomny Sun (the alien) hosted by Porter Square Books. “look. life is bad. evryones sad. we’re all gona die. but i alredy bought this inflatable boumcy castle so r u gona take ur shoes off or wat” -Jomny Sun Through this story of a lost alien finding acceptance among the creatures of Earth, we will all learn…

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Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

September 9, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team CYNTHIA and SANFORD LEVINSON join Porter Square Books with their nonfiction book Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today. They take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced—then they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these…

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Little Fires Everywhere, the latest from CELESTE NG

September 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books is pleased to host local novelist, and best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You, CELESTE NG for a reading of her newest novel, Little Fires Everywhere. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. When old family friends of the strict Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle…

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The Immigration Handbook, a poetry collection by UK poet CAROLINE SMITH

September 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books is pleased to host UK poet/immigration caseworker,  CAROLINE SMITH for a discussion of her book of poems, The Immigration Handbook. Inspired by her years as an immigration caseworker to one of the most diverse inner-city areas in the UK, Caroline Smith has written a collection of poems, The Immigration Handbook, that details the many troubling and moving incidents in the lives of those she tries to help. This is a book that reaches out of the headlines into our…

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The Suffragents: the hidden history of the men behind the struggle for women’s suffrage

September 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome NYU journalism professor BROOKE KROEGER for a reading and discussion of The Suffragents. The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. KROEGER explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they…

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The Ways Women Age by Professor ABIGAIL BROOKS

September 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books is pleased to host ABIGAIL BROOKS, director of the Women’s Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Providence College, with her book exploring the identity, body image, beauty standards, and expectations of femininity. Set against the backdrop of commercialized medicine in the United States, ABIGAIL BROOKS investigates the anti-aging craze from the perspective of women themselves, examining the rapidly changing cultural attitudes, pressures, and expectations of female aging. Drawn from in-depth interviews with women in the…

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The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship

September 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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New England is the land of history, some of which is still mysterious from lack of recorded information.  For all history buffs out there, take note!  Porter Square Books welcomes author JILL FARINELLI for a reading of her historical nonfiction book, The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship. Two days after Christmas in 1738, a British merchant ship traveling from Rotterdam to Philadelphia grounded in a blizzard on the northern tip of Block Island, twelve miles off…

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Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: A fascinating journey through the craft chocolate revolution

September 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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If you like chocolate, consider yourself a "foodie", have a sweet tooth, or want to impress your friends with how you pair your chocolates with drinks, you'll enjoy this event.  Porter Square Books invites all of the chocoholics, foodies, sweet-toothed readers to join Brooklyn author MEGAN GILLER for a discussion of her nonfiction book Bean-To-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors. This comprehensive celebration of chocolate busts some popular myths (like "white chocolate isn't…

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Local author event with novelist MICHELLE HOOVER, memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH, and poet SAM WITT

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Join Porter Square Books for a night with Grubstreet's MICHELLE HOOVER (Bottomland), award-winning memoirist PATRICIA HORVATH (All the Difference), and English poet/journalist SAM WITT (Everlasting Quail). At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling…

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Local nonfiction author POPE BROCK presents Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Porter Square Books welcomes local nonfiction author POPE BROCK, who has published Indiana Gothic (about the murder of his great-grandfather), and now, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon—a work of what might be called speculative nonfiction. Now that we've pretty much ruined planet Earth—no big secret—science tells us the human race could be doomed. Well, not all science, but some of it, enough to have sparked a lively interest in setting up someplace else. But where? The answer is the moon of…

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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.