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- Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
- Seating begins at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
- Our downstairs event space is not handicapped accessible; if you need further assistance please call ahead of time for accommodation at (617) 566-6660.


- 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.


Thursday, November 20th at 5:00 PM
Daniel Shumski
Will It Waffle?

Join us for delicious waffled samples at this special First Light event. Daniel Shumski, creator of, has written the first all-waffle iron cookbook. Hash browns, meatballs, falafel, crab cakes, and kale: Will it Waffle? The answer is yes!

Friday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Breakwater Reading Series

Join us for a night of new stories, essays, and poems by MFA canidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston. Fore more information, please visit the breakwater reading series facebook


Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm
Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo
This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life

Join everyone is Gay co-founders, Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, for their new book, This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. Owens-Reid and Russo and are thrilled to bring their wit and wisdom on the road for a larger audience of parents, young people, and community members.This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids speaks to parents who want practical, straightforward advice on how to communicate and better parent their LGBTQ child.


Sunday, November 23rd at 10:30 AM
Chanukah Storytime

Join us for a special Chanukah-themed children’s storytime! Jane Sutton will be appearing and reading from her book "Esther's Hanukkah Disaster"



Saturday, November 29th 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Small Business Saturday Author-Booksellers

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to host our second annual authors-as-booksellers event. Come meet our local authors as they work the info desk to come up with personally tailored book recommendations just for you! This year will feature local favorites Michael Blanding (THE MAP THIEF), Hank Philippi Ryan (TRUTH BE TOLD), and Joan Wickersham (THE NEWS FROM SPAIN). Click on the link above for more information on Small Business Saturday!


Monday, December 1st at 7:00 PM
William Powers
New Slow City

Burned-out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the beast — New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife left their Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro apartment” in Greenwich Village. Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.


Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM
Rebecca Alexander
Not Fade Away

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child, and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age 30. Then, at 18, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered. Now, at 35, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters’ degrees from Columbia University, and an athlete who regularly competes in extreme endurance races. In Not Fade Away, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story, by turns harrowing, funny and inspiring.


Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM
Ha Jin
A Map of Betrayal

When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China. A stunning portrait of a multinational family and an unflinching inquiry into the meaning of citizenship, patriotism, and home, A Map of Betrayal is a spy novel that only Ha Jin could write.


Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 PM
James Lenfestey
Seeking the Cave

In this transformative new book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths, and the ancient home of his idol Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems. Lenfestey’s voyage takes him from the Midwestern US to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions into the country’s rich historical and cultural landmarks. As he makes his way to the cave, Lenfestey learns more than history or geography, he discovers his identity as a writer and a poet. Interspersed with poems by both the author and Han Shan, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain will appeal to lovers of travel narrative and poetry alike.


Friday, December 5th at 6:00 PM
Andy Cohen
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. Throughout The Andy Cohen Diaries, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. This honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century.

This is a signing-only event. Purchase of The Andy Cohen Diaries from Brookline Booksmith is required to enter the signing line.


Saturday, December 6th at 10:30 AM
Kids' Christmas Storytime

Join us for a special Christmas-themed children’s storytime!


Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 PM
Joshua Glenn and Tony Leone
Unbored Games

UNBORED Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original UNBORED, but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations—games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandmal. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.


Monday, December 8th at 7:30 PM
Brookline Booksmith Book Club

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm down in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. Contact for more.


Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM
Anita Diamant
The Boston Girl

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.


Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 PM
James Parker and the Pilgrim Magazine

The Pilgrim is a ten-times-a-year literary magazine from the homeless community of downtown Boston, edited by Atlantic columnist James Parker and published out of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, on Tremont Street. Since its founding in December 2011, The Pilgrim has featured the work of more than sixty homeless, transitional or recently housed writers. The master metaphor of the magazine is pilgrimage, and its proposition to the reader is that homelessness is a state of acute pilgrimage, ­ a condition of material and occasionally moral emergency, and thus a place where the world reveals itself under the pressure, or the pouring-in, of a higher reality.


Friday, December 12th at 7:00 PM
BASH Poetry

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets, featuring Joyelle McSweeney, Aaron Kunin, and Anna Moschovakis.


Saturday, December 13th at 6:00 PM
Jeremy Sewall
The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes

The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes is the debut cookbook of acclaimed Boston chef Jeremy Sewall, the Chef and owner of Brookline’s Lineage restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar and the newly opened Row 34. Highlighting contemporary New England fare and adapting the region’s fresh, simple flavors into refined dishes for the home cook, the book features more than 100 delectable recipes from the area’s most celebrated farms and fisheries, for easy at-home cooking and entertaining. Chef Sewall will be providing food samples at the event.  


Thursday, December 18th at 8:00 PM
Bill Nye
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to partner with the Wilbur Theater to bring you an evening with Bill Nye! In "Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation", Bill Nye explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth. With infectious enthusiasm, Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism; it is an essential way to understand how nature works—and to change the world.

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Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 PM
Small Press Book Club

Small Press Book Club will NOT be meeting this month! They will reconvene next month. Thank you!


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