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CANCELLED due to weather Wednesday January 28th at 7:00 pm
Brandon Sanderson

Firefight is the second book of Brandon Sanderson’s exciting new young adult Reckoners series, and the sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller Steelheart. If you haven’t read Steelheart, stop reading this now! Spoilers ahead...

They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers. Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find.

CANCELLED due to weather Thursday January 29th at 7:00 pm
Tasneem Zehra Husain
Only the Longest Threads

Only the Longest Threads is the fiction debut of string theorist Tasneem Zehra Husain. July 2012. When the decades long search for the Higgs Boson comes to a triumphant end, Leo, a science writer, and Sara, an aspiring string theorist, are among the jubilant crowd at CERN. As they discuss this historic event and the emotions it evokes, Leo suddenly experiences a moment of clarity - he realizes  the true experience of science can never be communicated by words which fail to reflect the passion of the endeavor. He makes it his goal to write a reimagined history of physics; one that captures the excitement and essence of moments that changed, forever, our perception of the universe and our place in it.

CANCELLED due to weather Friday January 30th at 7:00 pm
David Shields in conversation with Christopher Lydon of WBUR's "Open Source"
I Think You’re Totally Wrong

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields (How Literature Saved My Life) always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next year and a half). Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin and talk about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal—and, of course, writers and writing.

Sunday February 1st at 2:00 pm
George O’Connor
Ares: Bringer of War

Weekend Kids event! The myth continues in latest installment of George O’Connor’s Olympians series of graphic novels. The fabled Trojan War is raging as two infamous gods of war go to battle. This time the spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And how many will have to die first? Fans of Rick Riordan will love this Olympians epic!

Monday February 2nd at 7:00 pm
Boris Fishman
A Replacement Life

Boris Fishman makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”? Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. Praised by The New York Times and Joyce Carol Oates, A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm
Deborah Voigt in conversation with Daphne Kalotay
Call Me Debbie

Through her stage performances and television appearances, Deborah Voigt is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice. Praised by the Associated Press for “a stage presence that radiates an endearing charm,” Voigt has been described by the New York Times as “the only diva who might carry on Beverly Sills’ role as ‘opera cheerleader’ in America.” In her candid and soul-bearing memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, Voigt for the first time shares her story—of music and faith, of devastating addictions and recovery, and of the backstage dramas behind the glamorous curtain that is opera.

Deborah Voigt will appear in conversation with novelist Daphne Kalotay, author of Sight Reading and Russian Winter.

This event will be held at Berklee School of Music, in the David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street, Boston.

Read more on the Berklee Website

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Call Me Debbie. Click Here to purchase tickets (limit 4)

Thursday February 5th at 7:00 pm
Vladimir Pistalo
Tesla: A Portrait with Masks

Tesla is an electric novel of the extraordinary life of one of the twentieth century’s most prodigious and colorful inventors. Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized. Tesla captures the whirlwind years of the dawn of the electrical age, when his flair for showmanship kept him in the public eye. But what of the man behind the image? Tesla: A Portrait with Masks is an impassioned account of a visionary whose influence is still felt today.



Friday February 6th at 7:00 pm
Ken Page
Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy

Lose weight. Act confident. Play hard to get. This approach to dating doesn’t lead to love, it leads to insecurity and loneliness. In Deeper Dating, psychotherapist Ken Page offers a new path to finding meaningful and lasting relationships. Learn how to attract people who love you for who you really are, become more self-assured and emotionally available, and lose your taste for relationships that diminish your self-esteem. With exercises, practical tools, and inspiring stories, Deeper Dating will guide you on a journey to find the love—and personal fulfillment—you long for. Wine and chocolate will be served at the event!


Monday February 9th at 7:30 pm
Book Club

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email

Tuesday February 10th at 7:00 pm,
Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing

From Peter Swanson, local author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014”—comes a devious modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train. On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing...

Wednesday February 11th at 7:00 pm
Mary Pat Kelly
Of Irish Blood

It’s 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland’s revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland. Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as William Butler Yeats, Michael Collins, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.

Thursday February 12th at 7:00 pm
Michelle Tea
How to Grow Up: A Memoir

In How to Grow Up, Michelle Tea (Mermaid in Chelsea Creek) shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up. After fleeing her hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts at the age of nineteen, Michelle resurfaced in California. There, she lived in a filthy communal house; she smoked, drank, and snorted anything she could get her hands on; and she worked dead-end jobs. During all of this, she scribbled in notebooks and eventually built herself a literary career. In incredible tales that take readers from Paris Fashion Week to a run-down San Francisco apartment, Tea reveals her messy journey to adulthood and what she’s learned along the way. With advice ranging from the silly (why you should never hit on your tattoo artist) to the serious (what you should do when you hit rock bottom), How to Grow Up touches on evergreen subjects like relationships, religion, and feminism with a no-holds-barred attitude.

Saturday February 14th at 10:30 am

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.

Sunday February 15th at 2:00 pm
Natasha Lowe
The Courage of Cat Campbell

Weekend Kids event with giveaways and treats! Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch! And when she comes across a book called The Late Bloomer’s Guide to Magic, she finds the encouragement she needs and spells that work. Then the town of Potts Bottom is threatened by a notoriously feared witch, and Cat has the chance to help her family and town—and to prove herself in the process.

Monday February 16th at 7:00 pm
Kelly Link
Get in Trouble

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today.

Tuesday February 17th at 7:00 pm
Michael Sears
Long Way Down

Michael Sears (Black Fridays) uses his financial background to give his Jason Stafford thrillers an unprecedented level of insight into the murky world of insider trading. Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesn’t think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says he’s been set up. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover, secrets people would kill for. Michael will appear in-conversation with local favorite Hank Philippi Ryan (Truth Be Told).


Wednesday February 18th at 7:00 pm
Belinda Rathbone
The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change & A Daughter’s Search for the Truth

In December, 1969, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston's coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting's export from Italy, challenging the museum's right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. While these contests played themselves out on the international stage, the crisis deepened within the museum as its charismatic director, Perry T. Rathbone, faced the most challenging crossroads of his thirty-year career. The Boston Raphael was a media sensation in its time, but the full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter Belinda Rathbone.


Thursday February 19th at 7:00 pm
Small Press Book Club

Discussing: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Our new bookclub selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Friday, February 20th at 7:00 pm

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

Sunday February 22nd at 10:30 am

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.

Monday February 23rd at 7:00 pm
Nigel Barker
Models of Influence: 50 Models Who Reset the Course of Fashion

Nigel Barker—fashion authority, photographer, and host of Oxygen's The Face—presents 50 of the most influential models from the 1940s to today. Interweaving 200 gorgeous photographs and informative and entertaining anecdotes, Models of Influence profiles 50 women who have made an unforgettable impression on fashion, the modeling industry, and our notions of beauty. Nigel Barker showcases each model's incandescent style—that special something that sets her apart, whether it's her unique physicality, a daring approach to image-making, or a particular energy that reflects the zeitgeist. Here, too, are models who broke the mold in their respective eras and turned the standard notion of beauty on its head.

Tuesday February 24th at 7:00 pm
Farran Smith Neheme
Missing Reels

New York in the late 1980s. Ceinwen Reilly has just moved from Yazoo City, Mississippi, and she’s never going back, minimum wage job and shabby apartment be damned. Who cares about earthly matters when Ceinwen can spend her days and her nights at the repertory film houses—and most of the time that’s left trying to look like Jean Harlow? One day, Ceinwen discovers that her downstairs neighbor may have—just possibly—starred in a forgotten silent film that hasn’t been seen for ages. So naturally, it’s time for a quest. She will track down the missing reels, she will impress her neighbor, and she will become a part of movie history: the archivist as ingénue. A novel as winning and energetic as the grand Hollywood films that inspired it, Missing Reels is an irresistible, alchemical mix of Nora Ephron and David Nicholls that will charm and delight.

Thursday February 26th at 7:00 pm
Marc Solomon
Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won

Ten years ago no state allowed same-sex couples to marry, support for gay marriage nationwide hovered around 30 percent. Today, same-sex couples can marry in seventeen states, polls consistently show majority support, and nearly three-quarters of Americans believe legalization is inevitable. In Winning Marriage Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time.


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