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IN-STORE EVENTS

- Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
- Seating begins at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
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EVENTS AT THE COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE

- Tickets $5 unless otherwise noted.
- Purchase tickets by visiting brooklinebooksmith.com/tickets 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.

 
   
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Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm
Lama Surya Das
Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
EASTERN RELIGION

In Make Me One with Everything, Lama Surya Das invites us to experience all-inclusive connection through the art of inter-meditation and other original practices that allow us to see through the illusion of separation. "If you've ever felt 'at one' with something-your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song-then you've experienced inter-meditation," explains Lama Surya Das. Based on Tibetan Buddhism's core insights into the inherent essence of who we are, these teachings of shared spirituality offer both new and experienced meditators a better way to live-not just on the meditation cushion or the yoga mat, but in every moment of their lives.

   

Friday, May 29th at 7:00 PM
Nick Offerman

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
AT THE WILBUR THEATRE
COMEDY

In his bestselling first book and comedic memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sycamore leaves, and embrace good old-fashioned elbow grease. In his new book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman has turned his focus to twenty-one notable personages, past and present, whose lives have inspired him and whose contributions have helped make America the great country it is today.

Tickets to this event are $35 and include a copy of the book, Gumption. Tickets go on sale to the general public 4/3 and can be purchased here at the Wilbur's website.

   

Saturday, May 30th at 5:00pm
Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife
FICTION

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted suburban dust. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

   

Sunday, May 31st 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.

   
   
   
   
   
>>>June    
   
Monday, June 1st at 7:00pm
Paul Tremblay in conversation with Jack Haringa
Head Full of Ghosts
THRILLER/HORROR

A New England family is torn apart when teenage Marjorie displays signs of acute schizophrenia. Her parents turn to a local Catholic priest and find themselves the unwitting stars of a hit reality show on exorcism. Fifteen years later Marjorie’s sister grapples with searing memories and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

   

Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00pm
John Waters
in conversation with James Parker of The Atlantic Magazine
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
TRAVEL LITERATURE

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion--and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Tickets for this event are $5 or free with the purchase of the book, and can be purchased by calling the store at 617.566.6660 or ordering online at brooklinebooksmith.com

Please note that this event will not be followed by a free signing at Brookline Booksmith. The signing will take place at the theater and is only open to ticket holders.

   

Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00pm
Daniel Palmer - Constant Fear
Matthew Palmer - Secrets of State
MYSTERY/THRILLER

Avid doomsday prepper Jake Dent readies his son for any catastrophe In Constant Fear. But his son has a secret, and now survival is no longer an abstract concept.

In Secrets of State, the outspoken Sam Trainor finds himself on the outs with Washington and shifts into the private sector. There he stumbles onto a plot, and realizes someone is twisting the intelligence to stoke a conflict between nuclear-armed rivals.

   
Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm
POETRY
Seasoned Poets

Join us for the seventh annual poetry reading by the Brookline Senior Center’s Seasoned Poets!

   
Thursday, June 4th at 7:00pm
Nancy Reisman
Trompe l’Oeil
FICTION

During a vacation in Rome the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as years pass the the loss weighs on the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member. Through the turbulence of marriage, the challenges of parenthood, job upheavals, and calamities large and small, Trompe l’Oeil examines family legacies, the ways those legacies persist, and the ways they might be transcended.

   
Friday, June 5th at 7:00pm
Ben Mezrich
Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs-A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder
CURRENT EVENTS/HISTORY

The untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaires who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime: “Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician and entrepreneur in the automobile business, and his dashing protégé Roman Abramovich, who built an empire on oil and aluminum. But their relationship frayed when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media—and had to flee the country. Written with heart-stopping pacing, this story of amassing obscene wealth and power depicts a rarefied world seldom seen up close.

   
Monday, June 8th at 6:00pm
Joey Graceffa
In Real Life
MEMOIR

Come meet YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa and have your picture taken with him at this special event! Purchase of In Real Life is required to attend.

Purchase of In Real Life from Brookline Booksmith on June 8th is required to attend this event. Upon paying for the book you will be given a wristband. This wristband will be your ticket to meet Joey. Once in the line, you will be given a pre-signed copy of In Real Life and have the opportunity to meet Joey and have your picture taken together. Due to time constraints, no additional book personalization, memorabilia signing, or personal photography will be allowed. Wristbands will go on sale June 8th at 8:30am. There will be no preorders and wristbands must be purchased in person.


For any questions, please call the store at 617-566-6660 or email: events@brooklinebooksmith.com

   
Monday, June 8th at 7:30pm
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 bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.

This week we'll be discussing "Euphoria" by Lily King.

   
Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm
Joseph Finder
The Fixer
MYSTERY/THRILLER

When Rick Hoffman loses his job and apartment, his only option is to move back to the home of his miserable youth, empty since his father’s stroke. There he makes an electrifying discovery - and finds himself on the run from enemies desperate to bury the past. Only solving the mystery of his father — a man unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — can save Rick.

   
Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00pm
She Writes Press Night
FICTION/MEMOIR

She Writes Press is a publisher run by women, for women. Five of their authors will present their work, from short stories and novels, to memoirs and mindfulness. Featuring: Nina Gaby (Dumped), Carol Merchasin (This Is Mexico) , Celine Keating (Play for Me), and Barbara Stark-Nemon (Even in Darkness).

   

Thursday, June 11th at 7:00pm
Dzanc Author Night
FICTION/MEMOIR

Join us for an eclectic night of fiction and memoir featuring authors from Dzanc Books. Jen Grow’s My Life as a Mermaid is a short story collection focusing on the dark side of what it meant to live “happily ever after.” Patrick O’Neal’s Gun, Needle, Spoon is a memoir of drug addiction and armed robbery in punk rock San Francisco. And Shya Scanlon’s The Guild of St. Cooper is a near-future sci-fi tale of post-evacuation Seattle. Joining these three Dzanc authors is Boston’s own Joanna Rakoff for her memoir of her first job in New York publishing, My Salinger Year.

   
Friday, June 12th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series
POETRY

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. June’s lineup: Lisa Ciccarello, Brian Foley and S. Whitney Holmes.

   
Saturday, June 13th at 6:00pm
Colin Quinn
The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America
HUMOR/MEMOIR

Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road; America’s increasing political correctness and sensitivity has us tiptoeing around the subjects of race and ethnicity. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? In The Coloring Book, Colin tackles the issue head-on.

Update: this event is no longer ticketed. It will be held at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446. It is now free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served.

   
Monday, June 15th at 7:00pm
Stephen Kurkjian
Master Thieves
TRUE CRIME/LOCAL HISTORY

Two men disguised as Boston Police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up the two night watchmen and make off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork including three works by Rembrandt and a Vermeer masterpiece. Now 25 years after the theft, Stephen Kurkjian who was the principal reporter on the case for The Boston Globe, has written a gripping account of the still-unsolved heist of a quarter century ago.

   
Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00pm
David Gates in conversation with Robert Birnbaum
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me
FICTION

These eleven stories, along with a masterful novella, mark the triumphant return of David Gates, whom New York magazine anointed “a true heir to both Raymond Carver and John Cheever.” A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me is populated by characters carrying a full supply of the human condition. They are terrifyingly self-aware, and refuse to go gently—even when they’re going nowhere fast. Relentlessly inventive, alternately hilarious and tragic, always moving, this book proves yet again that Gates is one of our most talented, witty and emotionally intelligent writers.

   
Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00pm
Bruce MacBain
Odin’s Child: Book One of the Odd Tangle-Hair Saga
FICTION

Driven from the flaming ruin of his Iceland farmhouse, young Odd Tangle-Hair, the only survivor of a feud in which his family is slaughtered, steals a ship, rounds up a rag-tag crew and embarks on the Viking life. He swears one day to return, rich and powerful enough to take vengeance on his enemies. Fate carries him and his men to a shamanistic healer in Lapland, to bloody religious strife in Norway, to the lair of a witch in Finland, and finally to the borders of Russia, with new dangers awaiting in every faraway land.

   
Thursday, June 18th 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 the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.

Friday, June 19th 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. Fore more information, please visit breakwaterreadingseries.wordpress.com

   
Saturday, June 20th 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.

   
Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00pm
Charles Kaiser
The Cost of Courage
HISTORY

In 1943 André Boulloche became de Gaulle’s military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in northern France only to be betrayed and taken prisoner. André survived three concentration camps, but his parents and oldest brother were shipped off on the last train from Paris to Germany and died in the camps. Since then, silence has been the Boulloches’s answer to dealing with the unbearable.

   

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

In the Unlikely Event
FICTION

SOLD OUT !

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. We see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent’s love, a widower’s hope, and everything in between. Most importantly, 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.

Tickets for this event are no longer availble online. There may still be tickets available to purchase in-store. Call us 617-566-6660 for more information.

   
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.

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>>>July  
   
Thursday, July 9th at 6:00pm
Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom
KIDS BOOKS: INTERMEDIATE

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him. Fairytales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure of the bestselling Land of Stories series.

This is a signing-only event. Purchase of The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom from Brookline Booksmith is required to attend.

   
Friday, July 10th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series
POETRY

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. July’s lineup: Carina Finn, Gabrielle Klein, and Nicelle Davis.


   
Monday, July 13th at 7:30pm
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. This month we’ll be discussing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.

   
Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00pm
Don Winslow
appearing in conversation with Robert Birnbaum
The Cartel
MYSTERY/THRILLER

From the internationally best-selling author of The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, an epic story of the Mexican-American drug wars. It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federació. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. The Cartel is a story of revenge, honor, and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul.

   
Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm
Lou Ureneck
The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide
HISTORY

The year was 1922: American Asa Jenningshad just arrived in the Turkish coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Unknown to him, the Armenian Genocide was unfolding and the Turkish army was advancing on Smyrna, where a half a million refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians, Jennings commandeered a fleet of unoccupied Greek ships and was able to evacuate a quarter million innocent people—an amazing humanitarian act that has been lost to history, until now.
   
Thursday, July 16th 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 the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.

This month we’ll be discussing A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write by Melissa Pritchard. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com.


   
Saturday, July 18th 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, July 19th at 2:00pm
Tui T. Sutherland
Wings of Fire: Winter Turning
KIDS

Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family his whole life. When his sister, Icicle, runs away from Jade Mountain Academy, fleeing her terrible crimes and possibly planning to commit more, Winter knows that they both need a second chance to make things right -- if only he can find her. The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series soars to even greater heights in this latest installment!

   
Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm
Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem
The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together
EASTERN RELIGION


What do we know of the wife and child the Buddha abandoned when he went off to seek his enlightenment? The Buddha’s Wife brings this rarely told story to the forefront while also examining the practical applications her teachings have on our modern lives. While traditional Buddhism emphasizes solitary meditation, her experience speaks of “The Path of Right Relation,” of achieving awareness not alone, but together with others.

   
Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00pm
Michael Silverman
Pedro
SPORTS


Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. On the eve of Pedro Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction, his co-author, Michael Silverman, will join us to discuss this remarkable story.  

   
Sunday, July 26th 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.


   

Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00pm
Ray Daniel - Corrupted Memory
Brad Parks - The Fraud
MYSTERY


Corrupted Memory, opens with a dead body lying outside of the computer hacker Tucker’s Boston home. Tucker soon learns the terrible truth: the dead man is a half-brother he never knew he had, and his second family comes with dark secrets.

The Fraud is the most thrilling, emotionally resonant entry yet in the award-winning Carter Ross series. What starts as an investigation into a rash of deadly carjackings in Newark ends with reporter Carter Ross having to make a chilling choice about who gets to live: him or his unborn child.


   
   
   
 
 
 
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