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

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

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.

Unfourunately, due to a scheduling issue, Ray Daniel will no longer be appearing at this event.

(Updated 7/23/15)
Thursday, July 30th at 7:00pm
Anthony Amore in conversation with Michael Blanding (The Map Thief)
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World

The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses; the use of online auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime.


Friday, July 31st at 3:00pm
Where's Waldo? Party!

Where’s Waldo? Starting on July 2nd, Waldo will be hiding in participating local businesses. Find him to collect stamps on your Where’s Waldo? passport and bringing it to our party on July 31st for your chance to win prizes! Additional prizes will go to whoever wears the best Waldo or Wenda costume, and the actual Waldo might just make an appearance...

Participating Businesses:
Cause to Paws
Coolidge Corner Theater
Eureka! Puzzles
Knight Moves Cafe
Magic Beans
Mint Julep
New England Comics
OTTO Pizza
Tiny Hanger
Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00pm
J. Shoshanna Ehrlich
Regulating Desire: From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess

Starting with the mid-nineteenth century campaign to criminalize seduction and moving forward to the late twentieth century effort to codify a national abstinence-only education policy, Regulating Desire explores the legal regulation of young women's sexuality in the United States. Drawing upon a rich array of primary source materials, J. Shoshanna Ehrlich has captured the complex and dynamic nature of the relationship between the state and the sexualized youthful female body.

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00pm
Padraig O’Malley
The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine - A Tale of Two Narratives

Disputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and other intractable issues have repeatedly derailed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Now, in a book that is sure to spark controversy, renowned peacemaker Padraig O’Malley argues that the moment for a two-state solution has passed. In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, O’Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, to show that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.

Friday, August 7th at 7:00pm
Staff Talent Show

Join us as our staff display their wide range of talents beyond bookselling. You can expect a night of readings, singing, juggling, experimental film, synchronized painting, communing with the spirits and more!*

(*performances not yet confirmed, but the lineup should look something like that)


Sunday, August 9th at 5:00 PM
Annie Cardi - The Chance You Won’t Return
Betsy Cornwell - Mechanica
A.C. Gaughen - Lion Heart: A Scarlet Novel

Join us for a night of Young Adult authors at Brookline Booksmith! From retellings of Robin Hood and Cinderella to a teen coping with mental illness in her family; our three authors will share their latest works for teens and grownups of all ages. 

Monday, August 10th at 7:30pm
Brookline Booksmith 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


Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Felicia Day
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

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When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Now Felicia’s world is filled with creativity, video games, and a dash of feminist activism—just like her memoir. Showcasing Felicia’s hilarious and unique voice, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and requires tickets, which are $5 each, or free with the purchase of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)  from Brookline Booksmith. After the reading, a book signing will take place at Brookline Booksmith, and all are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 PM
Karen Campbell and the Veterinarians of Angell Animal Medical Center
Angell at 100: A Century of Compassionate Care for Animals and Their Families at Angell Animal Medical Center

Angell Animal Medical Center is the first and largest animal hospital in New England. This book is a celebration of one hundred years of groundbreaking innovation and heartfelt compassion. Join us for a night of honoring this wonderful institution with the books authors and several of Angellís terrific veterinarians. Pets welcome!

Friday, August 14th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. August’s lineup: Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs and Susan McCarty.

Saturday, August 15th 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.

Thursday, August 20th 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, August 21st at 7:00pm
Matthew Salesses - The Hundred-Year Flood
Alexandra Kleeman - You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

The Hundred-Year Flood is a beautiful and dreamlike tale of twenty-two-year-old Tee as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle’s suicide and the aftermath of 9/11. In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee contemplates his own place in life as both mixed and adopted and as an American in a strange land full of heroes, myths, and ghosts.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is an intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass that is at once a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood from a terrifying and often funny voice of a new generation.

Sunday, August 30th 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, September 2md at 6:00 PM at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Christopher Moore
Secondhand Souls

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It seems like only yesterday that Charlie Asher took on a very dirty job collecting souls and keeping the Forces of Darkness at bay. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Along with a cohort of other oddballs, Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive . . . inside a fourteen-inch-high body made from lunchmeat and spare animal parts. Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his adorable seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys dressing up like a princess, playing with her glitter ponies, and being the Luminatus spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death.

Just when Charlie and company thought the world was safe, some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone or something is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Then there's the Taser-wielding banshee keening about doom who's suddenly appeared while Sophie's guardian hellhounds, Alvin and Mohammed, have mysteriously vanished.

Charlie is just as flummoxed as everyone else. To get to the bottom of this abomination, he and a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall, two-hundred-and-seventy-five-pounds-of-lean-heartache Death Merchant Minty Fresh; the retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the lunatic Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; Mike Sullivan, a bridge painter in love with a ghost; a gentle French-speaking janitor named Jean-Pierre Baptiste; and former Goth girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing Severo, now a part-time suicide hotline counselor.
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