It's a light week in our events series. Just a storytime on Sunday, some tips from chef and catering whiz Jeanie Gruber on Friday, and tonight a visit from a little-known author named Judy Blume. (sold out, but try your luck in the standby line, and by all means come over to the store afterwards to meet Judy Blume at the open-to-all book signing!)

It's also a light week for this newsletter, as yours truly has to take some time off to keep an eye on a couple of kids newly released from school. Let the summer begin in earnest! If you're looking for a break from the heat, you know where to go. Books, sunglasses, books, sunhats, books, survival gear, books, kites, books...just get in here, already. Booksmith has what you need.

Don't forget, our Used Book Cellar will be closed for business for the week of 7/3-7/10, so that we can put in a beautiful new floor. So whether you need to swap books for cash - or cash for books, plan to get in before July 4th weekend!

Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 PM SOLD OUT ! 
Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

In the Unlikely Event

Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to bring Judy Blume to the Coolidge Corner Theater for her first adult novel in over 15 years, In the Unlikely Event. When Judy Blume was a teenager a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey within a three month period. “These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” says Blume. “We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.” Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who are continually affected by these events. In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of readers of all generations.

This event is sold out, but try the stand-by line. And of course the in-store signing afterwards is free and open to all!


Friday, June 26th at 7:00pm
Jeanie Gruber
Make Food Work: How to Turn Your Love of Food into a Successful Catering Business COOKING/BUSINESS

When Jeanie Gruber began catering small gatherings in the 1990s, she had no intention of making a career change. Fast forward to the present day: Miss Jeanies Catering and Events Co. is entering its third decade as a one-of-a-kind food business. As Gruber recounts through the steps that made her business grow, readers will discover that limited training and funds need not hold them back.


Sunday, June 28th at 10:30am
Childrens Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud every third Saturday and last Sunday of the month.

    Booksmith Book Club
 July 13 @ 7:30pm

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

No need to sign up, just show up!

Small Press Book Club
July 16th @ 7pm

Yoel Hoffmann


The Festival of Insignificance

Milan Kundera
HC, $23.99
Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home

Jessica Fechtor
HC, $25.95
A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World

Daniel Goleman, Dalai Lama
HC, $26
How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent

Naveed Jamali, Ellis Henican
HC, $26
The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life

Alyssa Katz
HC, $28

Music for Wartime
Rebecca Makkai
Hardcover, $26.95


Rebecca Makkai (The BorrowerThe Hundred-Year House) has appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction. 


Death and Mr. Pickwick
Stephen Jarvis
Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover, $30


The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, featuring the fat and lovable Mr. Pickwick and his Cockney manservant, Sam Weller, began as a series of whimsical sketches, the brainchild of the brilliant illustrator named Robert Seymour, a denizen of the back alleys and grimy courtyards where early nineteenth-century London's printers and booksellers plied their cutthroat trade. When Seymour's publishers, after trying to match his magical etchings with a number of writers, settled on a young storyteller using the pen name Boz, The Pickwick Papers went on to become a worldwide phenomenon, outselling every other book besides the Bible and Shakespeare's plays. And Boz, as the young Charles Dickens signed his work, became, in the eyes of many, the most important writer of his time. Stephen Jarvis' sprawling (dare we say Dickensian) novel tells of the mysterious fate of Robert Seymour, Mr. Pickwick's creator.


Black Glass: Short Fictions
Karen Joy Fowler
Marion Wood Books
Hardcover, $27.95

An early work from PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Man Booker finalist Karen Joy Fowler, reissued and beautifully repackaged for new fans and old. First published in 1998 to high praise, Black Glass showcases the extraordinary talents of this prizewinning author. In fifteen gemlike tales, Fowler lets her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers.


How to Catch a Mouse
Philippa Leathers
Candlewick Press
Hardcover, $15.99
Ages 2-5

Clemmie the Cat is a bit confused. She knows she's supposed to catch mice...but what exactly do they look like again? She's done the reading, she's studied the diagrams, she's so ready for this. But this mouse is so tricky! A master of disguise, the little guy is hidden in every picture, and little kitten Clemmie keeps getting fooled by things that look like a mouse's long pink tail, or a pair of round little ears. Philippa Leathers has created perfect reading for long summer afternoons.


One Family
George Shannon, Blanca Gómez
Frances Foster Books
Hardcover, $17.99
Ages 5-8

A delightfully inclusive counting book that gently hammers home the notion that we are all different and we are all one. The team of George Shannon and Blanca Gómez balance each page so perfectly, it's a wonder that their is their first project together. Each scene - inside the home, on the street, at the market - is a counting adventure, with a new configuration of people inviting the reader to join their family.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Balzer & Bray
Hardcover, $17.99
Ages 14 & up


Kids bookseller Alex asks:
"Are you a sucker for: nerds, friendship, musical theatre, coming out stories where the world doesn't end? How about PAINFULLY ADORABLE ROMANCE? Please read this book. Your emotions will thank you."




Baby it's hot outside!
So chill out this summer with a little help from the Giftsmith.
Iced to-go cups, wine glasses and mason jars with lids are going to be perfect for your favorite cold drinks or cacktails.

What a nice idea! For your convenience, has found over 55 free outdoor movies and listed them all right here in chronological order. From new hits (The Avengers) to old favorites (Back to the Future), here are 1.21 gigawatts of silver-screen action coming to a park, green space, café, bar, and/or parking lot near you. And since there will undoubtedly be more movies that get scheduled, they'll be updating this list throughout the summer on the first of every month. If you know of any that are left off the list, you can leave a comment at that link above.

Are you a teen interested in writing poems and stories? Maybe you’re just beginning and want to try your hand at creative writing in a supportive but rigorous atmosphere, or maybe you’ve been filling notebooks with plays and rhymes for years. Either way, GrubStreet's teen camps are for you! Each camp will read and discuss published short stories and poems, do writing exercises, talk about craft (the tools and techniques in poetry and fiction), and the writing process. For high school students only. Scholarships are available!

If you took your eyes off your screens for a moment and looked up in the direction of the impossibly vast and probably unknowable rest of universe at any time, at any point on the globe, even during this last week, there is just as much a chance as there ever has been at any other time in the history of the world that you might have seen a totally pointless thing of beauty, such as the moon, or the stars, or a rainbow, like the one that some unknown artist rendered for our find of the week.

Check this out. Pointless beauty is often the best kind.
And this, too.

Thanks for reading,

currently reading Remainder by Tom McCarthy.
currently listening to Leon Bridges. Yes yes yes yessssss.

Thanks for reading,

email me, if you'd like to make this a conversation.


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