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

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 quality pre-K programs have a host of positive outcomes including better language, literacy, problem-solving and math skills down the line, and they have a leg up on what appears to be the most essential skill to develop at age four: strong self-control. But even with this overwhelming evidence, early childhood education is at a crossroads in America.  With engrossing storytelling, BOUFFARD takes us inside some of the country’s best pre-K classrooms to reveal the sometimes surprising ingredients that make them work–and to understand why some programs are doing the opposite of what is best for children.

This event is free and open to the public.


Neuroscientist TALI SHAROT on “The Influential Mind”

Harvard Book Store welcomes cognitive neuroscientist TALI SHAROT—founder and director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London—and Harvard Law School’s CASS R. SUNSTEIN for a discussion of Sharot’s latest book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others.

In The Influential Mind, neuroscientist TALI SHAROT takes us on a thrilling exploration of the nature of influence.  We all have a duty to affect others―from the classroom to the boardroom to social media.  But how skilled are we at this role, and can we become better?  It turns out that many of our instincts are ineffective, because they are incompatible with how people’s minds operate.  SHAROT shows us how to avoid these pitfalls, and how an attempt to change beliefs and actions is successful when it is well-matched with the core elements that govern the human brain.

This event is not ticketed.

The Influential Mind will be on sale at the event for 20% off.

ELI FINKEL on the “All-or-Nothing Marriage”

If you think you know all there is to marriage, don’t be afraid to put that to the test. Brookline Booksmith welcomes ELI J. FINKEL, professor at Northwestern University, to read from and discuss his book The All-or-Nothing Marriage.

The institution of marriage in America is struggling, but— as FINKEL’s most recent research reveals— the best marriages today are better than the best marriages of earlier eras.  FINKEL provides a sweeping historic overview, showing that the primary functions of marriage from 1620 to 1850 revolved around food, shelter, and protection from violence.  From 1850 to 1965, the primary functions increasingly revolved around love, companionship, and sexual fulfillment.  Nowadays, a new kind of marriage has emerged, one that can promote self-discovery, self-esteem, and personal growth like never before.

This event is free and open to the public.

NYT best-selling author GRETCHEN RUBIN in conversation with MELISSA HARTWIG

Harvard Book Store welcomes New York Times-bestselling author GRETCHEN RUBIN—author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project—and Whole30 program creator MELISSA HARTWIG for a discussion of Rubin’s latest book, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too). A book signing with both speakers will follow the discussion. Please note that each ticket comes with a copy of Rubin’s The Four Tendencies.

More than 600,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change.  With sharp insight, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. It’s far easier to succeed when you know what works for you.

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets here.  Tickets include a copy of The Four Tendencies.

This book will be on sale at the event for 20% off.

NYT bestselling author ATUL GAWANDE with novelist JENNIFER HAIGH

Brookline Booksmith hosts bestselling surgeon/author ATUL GAWANDE with American novelist and Hemingway Foundation/PEN award-winning JENNIFER HAIGH.  They will be at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to discuss GAWANDE’s latest book: Being Mortal.

Named a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times Book ReviewNPR, and Chicago Tribune, Being Mortal is now in paperback with a new reading group guide.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.  Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, GAWANDE reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced.  Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life— all the way to the very end.

This event is ticketed.  You may purchase tickets online or in the store.  Each ticket includes admission and one paperback copy of Being Mortal.

ROBERT WRIGHT: Why Buddhism is True

Curious about the relationship between philosophy and meditation?  Come to Brookline Booksmith for an event with acclaimed author ROBERT WRIGHT discussing his latest book, Why Buddhism is True.

From one of America’s great minds, Why Buddhism is True is a journey through psychology, philosophy, and meditation in an effort to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

ROBERT WRIGHT is the author of The Moral Animal, Nonzero, and Three Scientists and Their Gods. The New York Times selected The Moral Animal as one of the ten best books of the year.

Bestselling Author/Astrophysicist MARIO LIVIO on What Makes Us Curious

Like science and/or psychology?  Come to Harvard Book Store as they welcome astrophysicist MARIO LIVIO—the bestselling author of The Golden RatioIs God a Mathematician?Brilliant Blunders,  and The Accelerating Universe—for a discussion of his latest book Why?: What Makes Us Curious.

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—as he explores our innate desire to know why.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

No tickets required for entry.