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Thursday, August 14 at 7pm
Nomi Eve
Henna House

Adela’s life in early 20th century Yemen is ruled by the Orphan’s Decree--any unbetrothed Jewish child left orphaned will be adopted by the local Muslim community. Her future looks bleak until relatives arrive from a faraway city, introducing Adela to the powerful rituals of henna tattooing. When her parents die and her future is threatened, Adela flees with her relatives to Aden, where she finds a life she loves--until she is betrayed by the people and customs closest to her heart.  Nomi Eve (The Family Orchard) has written a sweeping novel covering the devastation of the Holocaust to the birth of the State of Israel.

Friday, August 15 at 7pm
BASH Reading Series

Black Ocean Press curates this series with the freshest and finest voices in poetry. This month features Donald Dunbar, Rachel Springer Dunbar, and Andrew Morgan.


Saturday, August 16 at 10:30am
Children’s 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.


Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm
Gail Gutradt
In a Rocket Made of Ice

Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children's Community, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia's rice paddies. This once haunted scrubland became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment, and find a new family. Disarming, funny, deeply moving, these are the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place, and of one woman's transformation in trying to help them.


Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm
Stephanie Feldman
The Angel of Losses

Everything Marjorie thought she knew about her family comes undone when she stumbles upon her late grandfather Eli's mysterious notebook, full of stories about a miracle worker named the White Rebbe and the enigmatic Angel of Losses. Marjorie begins an odyssey that brings her deep into the past, from 18th-century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, to present day New York City and her sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past. Stephanie Feldman’s debut is a mixture of Jewish mythology, family secrets, and the legacy of war and history.


Thursday, August 21 at 7pm
Small Press Book Club

This month, we discuss The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson. Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public, meeting third Thursday of each month at 7pm.


Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm
Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World

This book started with a father and daughter's weekly tradition: Mark spins a globe and wherever Talia’s finger lands is their theme for Friday’s dinner. From Belgium to Ethiopia, each of the 52 menus is a full dinner with appetizer, main course, side dish, dessert and drinks for both kids and adults. Bestselling food writer Mark Kurlansky shares his own recipes, along with historical and cultural facts in this playful, palate-pleasing book.


Wedneday, August 27th at 7pm
Boston Globe Book Club

Join the Boston Globe Book Club in a discussion of Maryanne O'Hara's Cascade, led by Maryanne herself. Seating is limited and you can pre-register by visiting


Thursday, August 28 at 7pm
Daniel J. Levitin
The Organized Mind

We're taking in more information than ever, required to make decisions faster and faster—so how are we supposed to remember where we put our stupid keys? There are some people who (somehow) do this. Neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods and to regain a sense of mastery over the daily challenges of memory and focus.


Sunday, August 31 at 10:30am
Children’s 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.


Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00pm
Randy Susan Meyers
Accidents of Marriage

Join us for the launch party for Accidents of Marriage. Years ago, social worker Maddy fell in love with public defender Ben, drawn to his fiery passion. But now that they are married, he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She maintains a fragile peace by vacillating between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their 3 kids. Then one rainy day in the car, his volatile temper gets the best of him, and leaves her in the hospital fighting for her life. Meyers' stunning character work and storytelling reveals the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.


Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00pm
Ray Daniel

Husband and wife Tucker and Carol developed security software together for MantaSoft until the day he was fired and she was murdered. Now, six months later, another software engineer is dead, bringing new clues to light in Carol's cold case. Haunted by the memory of his wife, Tucker is determined to track down the truth behind the killings. He pulls strings to get hired back into MantaSoft, but office politics turn deadly as Tucker takes on the FBI, Russian mobsters, and a psychopath known as the Duct Tape Killer.


Thursday, September 4 at 7:00pm
Lorenz J. Finison
Boston's Cycling Craze

When the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially in the late 19th century, Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation, several prominent cycling magazines were published in Boston, and several Boston citizens formed the nucleus of the League of American Wheelmen. Lorenz Finison, a founding member of Cycling Through History, has written a fascinating account of cycling and Boston.


Friday, September 5 at 7:00pm
Lauren Clark
Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day

Making beer in New England hasn’t always been easy, with the challenges of scarce ingredients, legal hurdles, and public indifference. Freelance journalist and former bartender Lauren Clark (founder of truly deepens our appreciation for the perfect pint with the history of New England brewing, going back four centuries and starting with the Pilgrims.


Thursday, September 11 at 6:00pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Joyce Carol Oates
Lovely, Dark, Deep

From the legendary literary master Joyce Carol Oates comes a collection of ten spellbinding stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.  Insightful, disturbing, and mesmerizing in their lyrical precision, the stories display her astonishing ability to make visceral the fear, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives. A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals Oates at her most imaginative and unsettling.

Tickets for this event are $5 each or free with the purchase of Lovely, Dark, Deep from Brookline Booksmith. On sale at


Friday, September 12 at 7:00pm
BASH Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. This month: Noah Eli Gordon, Sommer Browning, and Kendra DeColo.

Saturday, September 13 at 7:00pm
Chris Guillebeau
The Happiness of Pursuit

In a 193-country journey to meet a goal of visiting every country before age 35, Chris Guillebeau had an epiphany: happiness comes from incremental striving where we see taking shape, right in front of our eyes, the concrete evidence of what our life has been building toward. In this book, he draws from his own experience and in interviews with hundreds of questers he met in his travels: their secret motivations, tricks for leaping the hurdles of time and money, the role played by friends and family, and the importance of writing it all down.


Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm
John Scalzi
Lock In

While exploring issues of artificial intelligence, disability, the ethics of technology, and virtual reality, Scalzi has crafted a mystery that will keep any reader rapt, by telling the story through the eyes of Chris, a “Lock-In” who has just joined the FBI. As Kirkus Reviews recently praised in a Starred review, “the novel--which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable world-building and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics--is definitely worth the ride. This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.”


Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00pm
Graywolf Poetry Night
Featuring Matthea Harvey, Fanny Howe, and Katie Ford

Matthea Harvey (If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?), Fanny Howe (Second Childhood), and Katie Ford (Blood Lyrics) comprise the stunning line up for the Boston stop of the Graywolf Poetry Tour.


Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Small Press Book Club

Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public, meeting third Thursday of each month at 7pm.


Thursday, September 18 at 6:00pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Steve Almond
Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

The ever glorious Steve Almond (Candyfreak, My Life in Heavy Metal) joins us with his searing manifesto guaranteed to infuriate at least half of the nation: why football damages society. He posits that the game has many hazards: the brain injuries that devastate athletes' lives, the psychological and economic hazards, and the cultural implications of turning a fun childhood pastime into a billion-dollar industry.

Tickets are on sale for $5 each or free with the purchase of Against Football from Brookline Booksmith. Available at


Friday, September 19 at 7:00pm
Breakwater Reading Series

Join us for a night of new stories, essays, and poems by MFA candidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 20 at 10:30am
Children's 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.


Sunday, September 21 at 6:00pm
Carol Dine
Orange Night

In a collection of poems, Suffolk University professor Carol Dine presents a unique dialogue on the subject of the Holocaust alongside artwork from Samuel Bak, creating an intimate confrontation with history.


Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm
Lodro Rinzler
Buddha Walks into the Office

The question “What do I want to do with my life?” can be paralyzing, but the author of the best-selling books Buddha Walks into a Bar and Walk Like a Buddha Lodro Rinzler addresses this question in his latest book, Buddha Walks into the Office. He offers wisdom on how to make your work more satisfying, bringing compassion and meaning into the job you have. He explores how to find the job you truly want, be beneficial to others, and how to turn difficult work situations into opportunities for awakening.  


Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00pm
Becky Thompson
Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma

Simmons College professor Becky Thompson (A Hunger So Wide) shares an inspiring collection of essays revealing the healing power of yoga. Gathering stories from her classes, travels, and workshops, Thompson illuminates the brave and creative ways survivors approach their yoga practice.

Wednesday, September 24th at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Boston Globe Book Club
A Conversation Between Maryanne O’Hara and Nicole Lamy

Join Boston Globe Books editor Nicole Lamy and Maryanne O’Hara (Cascade) for the final Boston Globe Book Club event as they discuss Cascade. Tickets are free and available at

Sunday, September 28 at 10:30am
Children's 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.


Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm
Bessel van der Kolk
The Body Keeps the Score

Van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.


Wednesday, October 8 at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
John Darnielle

Wolf in White Van

A stunning debut from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Wolf in White Van tells the story of Sean Phillips, creator of Trace Italian, a text-based role-playing game played through the mail. As the story unfolds in reverse, Sean’s life trajectory becomes clearer. Tied in are the fates of Lance and Carrie, high school students taking their play out into the real world with disastrous consequences. Joseph Fink describes the book as “a testament to the ways in which all of us use imagination to survive,” and John Hodgman calls the book “utterly magnificent.” 

Tickets are $5 each or free with the purchase of Wolf in White Van from Brookline Booksmith. On sale at


Thursday, October 9 at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Joe Perry
Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970—which is still going strong today. In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

Tickets are $35 each and include one copy of Rocks. On sale at Joe Perry will only sign copies of Rocks purchased at Brookline Booksmith.


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