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Sunday, September 28 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.



Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm
Bessel van der Kolk
The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel Van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. Van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.


Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 PM
Jeffrey Condran in conversation with Steve Yarbrough
Prague Summer

In his debut novel Jeffrey Condran tells the story of Stephanie and Henry, an American married couple living comfortably in Prague. Their world is turned upside down by the arrival from the States of Stephanie's old friend, Selma Al-Khateeb whose husband has been mysteriously arrested and indefinitely imprisoned. At first it appears that Selma has come to escape her problems, but soon her reasons for coming to Prague grow sinister and murky. Stephanie and Henry’s placid existence is turned upside down in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Jeffrey Condran will be in conversation with author and Emerson professor Steve Yarbrough (The Realm of Last Chances)


Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
At the Wilbur Theatre
Lena Dunham in Conversation with Mary Karr
Not That Kind of Girl


From the creator of HBO's “Girls” comes Not That Kind of Girl, a collection of personal essays that David Sedaris calls "subversive" and Judy Blume hails as "always funny." In the words of Lena Dunham herself: "No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle." Lena will be in conversation with Mary Karr (The Liars' Club, Lit).


Friday, October 3rd at 3:00 PM
At the Public Library of Brookline Main Branch
Raina Telgemeier

The companion volume to 2010’s beloved Smile is Sisters, the true story of Raina and her sister Amara. They don’t get along very well, which makes going on a family vacation across the country the teeniest bit difficult. In its starred review Booklist says, "Telgemeier’s art complements her writing to great effect, offering a cheerful, vivid cartoon simplicity that allows readers to instantly engage even as it leaves room for deeper truths to take hold."


Monday, October 6th at 7:00 PM
Richard Blanco
The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood

From the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet is this poignant and hilarious coming-of-age memoir. The child of Cuban immigrants, Blanco grew up exploring imaginary worlds: an idealized America and the nostalgic Cuba his parents would tell him about. Navigating his cultural identity, his artistry, and his own sexuality, this beautiful memoir tips its hat to these stories, and ultimately the understanding of what it means to be American.


Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Truth Be Told

Booksmith favorite Hank Phillippi Ryan returns for the launch party of her latest Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan mystery Truth Be Told. While digging up the facts on a heartbreaking foreclosure, reporter Jane Ryland learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep it a secret. John Lescroart calls her “one of the most adept masters of plot on the planet” and this latest entry in her Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning series will show you why.


Wednesday, October 8 at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
John Darnielle
in conversation with Tim Horvath
Wolf in White Van

A stunning debut from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Wolf in White Van tells the story of Sean Phillips, creator of Trace Italian, a text-based role-playing game played through the mail. As the story unfolds in reverse, Sean’s life trajectory becomes clearer. Tied in are the fates of Lance and Carrie, high school students taking their play out into the real world with disastrous consequences. Joseph Fink describes the book as “a testament to the ways in which all of us use imagination to survive,” and John Hodgman calls the book “utterly magnificent.”  John Darnielle will be in conversation with author Tim Horvath (Understories).

Tickets are $5 each or free with the purchase of Wolf in White Van from Brookline Booksmith. On sale at


Thursday, October 9 at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Joe Perry in conversation with Carter Alan
Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970—which is still going strong today. In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll. Joe Perry will be in conversation with radio personality Carter Alan.

Tickets are $35 each and include one copy of Rocks. On sale at Joe Perry will only sign copies of Rocks purchased at Brookline Booksmith.


Friday, October 10 at 7:00 PM
Jasper Fforde
The Eye of Zoltar

In the third book of the Last Dragonslayer series, Jennifer Strange must quest for the mysterious jewel called The Eye of Zoltar, after the Mighty Shandar tells her he won’t kill the rest of the dragons if she finds it. Meanwhile, Jennifer has to take the spoiled Princess Shazzine under her wing, setting themselves on a journey through the Ununited Kingdoms into the Leviathan’s Graveyard. With the trainee magician Perkins and a new tour guide Addie (aged ten), they fight the powers of darkness to protect everyone they know and love.


Sunday, October 12 at 2:00-4:00 PM
Bobby Orr
Orr: My Story
Signing Only

Bobby Orr needs no introduction to Boston sports fans. Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to celebrate the paperback release of Orr: My Story with a special two-hour signing event.

A purchase of Orr: My Story from Brookline Booksmith is required to enter the signing line.


Monday, October 13 at 7:30 PM
Book Club:
Paul Yoon
Snow Hunters

This month, we discuss Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon. 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, October 14 at 7:00 PM
Blake Butler
Three Hundred Million

From the author of There Is No Year and Scorch Atlas comes the character of Gravey, a sinister yet alluring God figure, who draws young men and women to his home, killing them and burying their bodies in a mass grave in the basement. The novel also follows Gravey’s acolytes and E.N. Flood, the detective investigating the murders, as they desperately seek answers. Warren Ellis (Crooked Little Vein) calls the book “hugely beautiful and monstrously disturbed.”


Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster

From the author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary comes a novel that Kirkus calls “subtle, pitch-perfect.” Set in the 1970’s, Nora Webster’s husband has died young, leaving her behind with four children and grief that refuses to abate. She finds some consolation in music, which lets her look towards the future and life that can still be full.


Friday, October 17 at 7:00 PM
Neil Patrick Harris
Choose Your Own Autobiography

In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Signing only! Tickets are free with purchase of book.


Saturday, October 18 at 10:30 AM
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.


Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
Peter Bebergal
Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

In SEASON OF THE WITCH: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll Peter Bebergal explores the deep and nuanced connection between rock and roll and the mysterious world of the occult. Drawing on key developmental moments in rock history, from its origins in slave song to the rise of electronic instruments in the ‘80s, Bebergal creates a rich narrative analysis of the genre and its mystical ties.

Tuesday, OCtober 21 at 6: 00 pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Boston Globe Book Club
A Conversation Between Maryanne O’Hara and Nicole Lamy

Join Boston Globe Books editor Nicole Lamy and Maryanne O’Hara (Cascade) for the final Boston Globe Book Club event as they discuss Cascade. Tickets are free and available at

Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM
ft. Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, MT Anderson, Sarah Rees Brennan and Joshua Lewis
Monstrous Affections

From the editors of Steampunk! comes the stunning collection Monstrous Affections, featuring stories from some of today’s top young-adult authors. Predatory kraken, harpies, and a landform that claims lives, these stories explore ambition, loneliness, love, and the boundless potential for connection.


Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Eric Nelson
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding

Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In his revisionist account, The Royalist Revolution, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our “founding fathers” saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown. Harvard professor Eric Nelson is “Sure to fire up an old debate” in the book Publishers Weekly is calling an “important contribution to the literature on early American constitutionalism.”


Friday, October 24 from 6-8pm
Michelle Phan
Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success—Online and Off

YouTube star Michelle Phan uses makeup as a tool for transformation--and you can too! Filled with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials and adorned with stories about her own life, Make Up contains advice, instruction, and empowerment so you can put your best face forward.

Michelle will sign only copies of Make Up purchased from Brookline Booksmith. To pre-order your copy, visit, call 617-566-6660, or stop by in-store.

Sunday, October 26 at 11:00 AM
Summer Ink
Fall Reading

Summer Ink is a Boston-based writing and adventure camp for 5th-10th graders. With fifty percent of campers receiving scholarships, Summer Ink's diverse population forms a rich community of writers hailing from Boston, the suburbs, and beyond.  Campers come away from their Summer Ink experience with the skills to communicate their ideas clearly and the conviction that the world wants to hear them.



Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 PM
Chris Raschka
Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses

Join Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka for his charming new book Alphabetabum, a collection of antique photographs with new poems and personalities created by Chris. There will be drawing exercises fun for all ages!


Monday, October 27 at 7:00 PM
Thomas Page McBee
Man Alive

What does it really mean to be a man? McBee attempts to answer, focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life—one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.


Thursday, October 30 at 7pm
Writing Across Gender Panel
ft. Jessica Keener, Julie Wu, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Askold Melnyczuk
Sponsored by Women’s National Book Association

In celebration of National Reading Group Month, four authors gather to discuss writing across gender. Can a man write a convincing woman, and vice versa? When you read a book, can you determine the author’s gender by how a character is developed? These questions and more will be explored by Jessica Keener (Women in Bed), Julie Wu (The Third Son), Hank Phillipi Ryan (Truth Be Told), and Askold Melnyczuk (Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature).


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