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- Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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- Tickets $5 unless otherwise noted.
- Purchase tickets by visiting or calling the store at (617) 566-6660.
- Line to enter the theatre begins at 5:30pm
- Seating begins at 5:45pm
- For sold out events: after 5:55pm, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the theatre.


If you can't make it to one of our excellent events, you may order signed copies of events books by calling the store at (617) 566-6660 or by ordering the book through our website. Just click "Shop Online" and request a signature and/or inscription in the "Additional Comments" field at checkout. Personalization is at author's discretion and not guaranteed.


Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm
Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Truly a bookseller’s book—Gabrielle Zevin has presented us with the character of A.J. Fikry, a grumbly bookstore owner whose every reference is laced with the literary. Struggling to accept the loss of his wife, his prized collection of first edition Poe poems, and watching his bookstore sales slowly crumble, A.J.’s nature seems set until a two-year-old toddler is abandoned at his store. A tale of love, second chances, and somehow, bookselling, this is a must read.


Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm
Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams
In conversation with Dr. Suzanne Koven

How do we react to pain—our own and others’—and what do we do with it? Jamison’s visionary yet intimate essays inquire about the nature of pain: drawing from her days spent as a medical actor, to her fascination with a group of people who suffer from a phantom disease, to her exploration of the plights of the West Memphis Three. She will be joined in conversation by The Boston Globe’s “In Practice” columnist and Mass. General Hospital physician Dr. Suzanne Koven.


Thursday, April 24 at 7pm
Steve Hindy
Craft Beer Revolution
Co-sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery

BEER! We are amidst a (delicious) craft brewing revolution. Co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery Steve Hindy tells the story of how a band of homebrewers and microbrewers came together to become one of America’s great entrepreneurial triumphs, using their individual and collective efforts to grab 10% of the dollar share of the US beer market. Buy Craft Beer Revolution from Brookline Booksmith and get a free beer at the event! Beer for 21 and up only.


Sunday, April 27 at 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, April 29 at 7pm
Daniel Palmer

Daniel Palmer’s latest thriller tells the story of Gage and Anna, a barren couple that wants both a child and a fresh start. They meet the young, pregnant, and homeless Lily, who agrees to give her baby to the couple in exchange for financial support. The seemingly ideal situation starts to sour as Gage suspects acts of sabotage within his family and work life, spiraling out of control into a sinister plot. In Harlan Coben’s words: “If you’ve somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it’s time to—pardon the pun—get Desperate.”


Wednesday, April 30 from 6-9pm
Brookline High School Poetry Festival

Join us for the annual Brookline High School Poetry Fest, as the budding young poets of Brookline grace our podium.


Thursday, May 1 at 7pm
Anne Fadiman for Marina Keegan
The Opposite of Loneliness
Joined by Luke Vargas and Ratna Gill

At the age of 22, Yale graduate Marina Keegan died in a car crash. Her career, just beginning, was to be a stratospheric one, with a job at The New Yorker and infinite literary potential. In honor of Marina, her family, friends, and classmates put together The Opposite of Loneliness, a collection of Marina’s essays that captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Presented by Anne Fadiman, this event will be an inspiration to all of those looking to make an impact on the world. She will be joined by Keegan's friends Luke Vargas and Ratna Gill.

Monday, May 5 at 7pm
Roxane Gay
An Untamed State

Mireille's charmed life is disrupted when she is kidnapped before the eyes of her husband and infant son near her wealthy father's Port-au-Prince estate. When she learns her father is resisting the demand for ransom, Mirielle must figure out how to survive. Booksmith favorite Roxane Gay wows us with her outstanding debut novel - a page-turning work exploring class, corruption, and endurance in the midst of devastation.


Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm
Steve Ulfelder
Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage

After finding the kidnapped Kenny Spoon, Conway Sax is on a mission to safely bring the washed-up TV star back to where he belongs. Straightforward, right? Wrong. He finds himself caught between Kenny’s mother Eudora and her two sons. Each family member has a reason to distrust and resent the other, and Conway is stuck in the middle. As the secrets pile up, so does the danger, resulting in a thrilling, tight novel that will satisfy mystery lovers.


Wednesday, May 7 at 6pm
Christopher Moore
The Serpent of Venice
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre

In a farcical mashup of William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe, Christopher Moore returns with a blazingly bawdy sequel to Fool, bringing back everyone's favorite fool Pocket. The setting? Venice. The characters? The merchant Antonio, the senator Montressor Brabantio, and the naval officer Iago have come together to capture Pocket and destroy him.  Moore continues his reign as master of the witty, brainy, unputdownable novel.

Tickets are $5 or free with the pre-order of The Serpent of Venice from Brookline Booksmith. Available online, over the phone by calling 617-566-6660, and in-store.


Thursday, May 8 at 7pm
David McCullough, Jr.
You Are Not Special

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr. made a big splash in 2012 with his unconventional commencement speech: a call to arms against society’s narrow definition of success. He champions following passions, taking chances -- and failing -- as the means to gain true empathy and self-confidence. It is a call to end the pressure of achievement for achievement's sake, and to take the privilege of education to become passionately engaged with the world.

Friday, May 9 at 7pm
BASH Reading Series

Black Ocean Press curates this series with the freshest and finest voices in poetry. This month, we feature Brian Foley and Zach Savich.


Monday, May 12 at 7pm
Barney Frank in conversation with Larry Ruttman
American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball

Join in a homecoming celebration for Barney Frank in conversation with Larry Ruttman. Larry Ruttman will be asking Barney Frank questions both personal and political covering all the years from growing up Jewish and playing baseball in Bayonne, New Jersey, through his tumultuous decades in Congress, to still making news in retirement. Larry’s book, which tells of American Jewish life over the last eighty years against the backdrop of baseball, was recently chosen the number one baseball book of 2013 among many by Sports Collectors Digest.

Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm
Kate Racculia
The Bellweather Rhapsody

A high school music festival, a looming snowstorm, a grand old hotel--is there a situation more ripe for adventure than this? When a young music prodigy disappears from room 712 (the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years prior), the entire hotel is turned upside down. Fans of Agatha Christie and Ellen Raskin will delight in the eccentric cast of characters in this witty, charming, and dark novel.


Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm
Philip Kerr

In Philip Kerr’s first standalone novel in over a decade, he tells the story of Gil Martins, an FBI agent investigating a woman’s claim that a series of high-profile atheists were killed by prayer. A serial killer terrorizing the morally righteous complicates matters further, turning a homicide case into domestic terrorism. After realizing that he may have played a role in wrongly condemning an innocent man, his faith is shaken and he becomes estranged from his wife and son, leading him on a terrifying journey liberally doused with murder.

Thursday, May 15 at 7pm
Small Press Book Club

This month, we discuss The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. 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.


Friday, May 16 at 7pm
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, May 17 at 9am
Indies First Children's Storytime

Join us for a special storytime event! More details to be announced soon.

Monday, May 19 from 5-7pm
Board Game Developers Meetup

The game inventors' mantra is "play test, play test, play test." Join indie board game designers as they show off their latest prototypes and play new games for free! This event is open to the public.


Tuesday, May 20 at 7pm
John Lescroart and Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Keeper

In Lescroart's The Keeper, awyer Dismas Hardy and former homicide detective Abe Glitsky are back with a riveting hunt for a woman gone missing. When Katie Chase’s body is found, the Missing Persons case becomes a homicide with a few too many suspects. Was it her husband, Hal, his former lover, Patti, or perhaps Hal’s stepmother, Ruth? As the bodies pile up and Abe gets closer to the truth, he realizes the next dead body might be his own.

Booksmith favorite Hank Phillippi Ryan returns for the paperback release of her latest novel. An adoption agency performs devastating betrayals: reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. Detective Jake Brogan and reporter Jane Ryland return in this gripping follow-up to The Other Woman.

Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm
James Fearnley
Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues

The Pogues founding member and accordion player James Fearnley joins us for his memoir about the renowned and influential Celtic punk band. Revealing their highs and lows--from their exuberant live performances to the years of hard drinking and excess--Fearnley tells the story with humor and honesty, bringing youthful friendships, conflicts, and concerts to life.


Thursday, May 22 at 7pm
Seasoned Voices of Brookline

Join us for our annual reading with poets from Brookline’s Seasoned Voices Poetry Workshop as they prove that verse gets better with age.


Sunday, May 25 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, May 27 at 7pm
Joseph Finder

New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with Suspicion, the story of single father Danny Goodman. After finding himself unable to afford his daughter’s private school tuition, he accepts a generous loan from Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend. As soon as the money is wired to his account, the DEA comes to question him, setting off a chain of events that Danny could have never predicted.


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