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Steve Almond will be downstairs in the events space tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th at 7pm, definitely not watching the big game, and making the case for the need for America to shun the NFL in his manifesto Against Football.
Same evening, same time, the Small Press Book Club will gather 'round to share their thoughts on the novel Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli. The Small Press Book Club is dedicated to exploring the amazing diversity of voices that are waiting to be found outside the major publishers. Our friends at Publishers Weekly have put together a terrific guide to The Big Indie Books of Fall 2014. Click that link to learn about 35 books from small and university presses that will be on our shelves but might not be on your radar.Come to the Book Club, bookseller and moderator Natasha is saving a seat at the table for you!

The Boston Book Festival is just over a month away! The biggest literary event of the year will be embracing Copley Square October 23-25, and while the full schedule of events hasn't been released, there are already some tickets on sale. Wen are honored to be invited once again this year, so make sure to stop by our pop-up Booksmith to say hello and do some open-air browsing!

Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm
Graywolf Poetry Night
Featuring Matthea Harvey, Fanny Howe, and Katie Ford

Matthea Harvey (If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?), Fanny Howe (Second Childhood), and Katie Ford (Blood Lyrics) comprise the stunning line up for the Boston stop of the Graywolf Poetry Tour.

Thursday, September 18 at 7pm
Small Press Book Club

by Valeria Luiselli

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.
Thursday, September 18 at 7pm
Steve Almond
Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

The ever-glorious Steve Almond (Candyfreak, My Life in Heavy Metal) joins us with his searing manifesto guaranteed to infuriate at least half of the nation: why football damages society. He posits that the game has many hazards: the brain injuries that devastate athletes' lives, the psychological and economic hazards, and the cultural implications of turning a fun childhood pastime into a billion-dollar industry.
Friday, September 19 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. For more information, visit breakwaterreadingseries.wordpress.com.
Saturday, September 20 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, September 21 at 6:00pm
Carol Dine
Orange Night

In a collection of poems, Suffolk University professor Carol Dine presents a unique dialogue on the subject of the Holocaust alongside artwork from Samuel Bak, creating an intimate confrontation with history.
Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm
Lodro Rinzler
Buddha Walks into the Office

The question “What do I want to do with my life?” can be paralyzing, but the author of the best-selling books Buddha Walks into a Bar and Walk Like a Buddha Lodro Rinzler addresses this question in his latest book, Buddha Walks into the Office. He offers wisdom on how to make your work more satisfying, bringing compassion and meaning into the job you have. He explores how to find the job you truly want, be beneficial to others, and how to turn difficult work situations into opportunities for awakening.
Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00pm
Becky Thompson
Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma

Simmons College professor Becky Thompson (A Hunger So Wide) shares an inspiring collection of essays revealing the healing power of yoga. Gathering stories from her classes, travels, and workshops, Thompson illuminates the brave and creative ways survivors approach their yoga practice.
Wednesday, September 24th at 6pm
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 bostonglobe.com/bookclub.
Cosby: His Life
and Times

Mark Whitaker
HC, $29.99
Men We Reaped:
A Memoir

Jesmyn Ward
PB, $16
Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Ken Follett
HC, $36
My Grandfather's Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War

Anne Sinclair, Shaun Whiteside
HC, $26
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

Lawrence Wright
HC, $27.95

The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Hardcover, $28.95


From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London. In London, ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change, and in one South London villa life is about to be transformed. Mrs. Wray, widowed by the War, and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life, or how far-reaching and devastating the disturbances will be. Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has delivered again.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, $30


With her new book (not to mention her part in the People's Climate March this weekend in NYC) Naomi Klein hopes to flip a switch on the climate change debate that will turn it into a battle of ideas. Klein believes that the environmental movement has long been guilty of sleeping with the enemy, courting big business in the hopes that they can be nudged in the right direction somewhere down the line. "OK, we tried it your way and we don’t have another decade to waste.” is her message to the left. Klein says that this book isn't for those committed to the environmental movement, it is for those who aren't yet in the fight. And what is that fight? In this interview, and in the book, Klein states unequivocally that " environmentalists should have just gone to war on business, and on the whole concept of capitalism."

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Margaret Atwood
Nan A. Talese
Hardcover, $25.95


The stories in Margaret Atwood's newest collection are linked together by streams of time. In each of these stories, characters find themselves haunted by events deep in their childhood, as Atwood explores the illusion that the past is the past. nearly as entertaining as the book itself is the NPR interview for the book, in which Atwood pretty much turned the tables and became the interviewer. In the piece you will learn about the awesome and mysterious Future Library project in Norway, for which Atwood is the inaugural contributor.


The Iron Trial (Book One of Magisterium)
Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Scholastic Press
Hardcover, $17.99
Ages 9-12

What do you get when you pair up the fertile imaginations of Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chonicles) and Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments trilogy)? A back-to-school story. But this isn't just any school, it's the Magisterium, the premier training academy in the land for kids who've got the magic touch. Even after completing the daunting Iron Trial and getting accepted into the Magisterium, Callum Hunt is a little bit nervous about the first days of school. Turns out he's not nearly nervous enough.

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Edited by Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant
Hardcover, $22.99
Ages 14 & up


Partners in literature and in life, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! They also started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. So, they know which voices in the chorus of fantasy writers deserve a solo. In Monstrous Affections, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even though the heroes might be tentacled and lusting for blood. Link and Grant will be joined by contributing author MT Anderson (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing) for a reading from the book on Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm!

The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Putnam Juvenile
Hardcover, $18.99
Ages 12 & up
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

The Greenlanders
Jane Smiley
Ivy Books, 1988
Used Paperback, $3


"Given the vast template of History, it is impressive how Ms. Smiley is able to telescope certain incidents, unravel personalities in a few paragraphs, delve into a kind of folkloric metaphysics - she is a diverse and masterly writer." That's Howard Norman in his 1988 review of The Greenlanders, the book I read right after Halldor Laxness' Independent People, which I read right after William Vollman's The Ice Shirt - the trio of novels prove once and for all that the best stories come from the frozen North. Minnesota boy Garrison Keillor says of winter that it is the one season of the year that Mother Nature makes a few very serious attempts to kill you. In Greenland, that kind of character-building hardship lasts almost the whole calendar, and back in the days of the descendants of Eric the Red, death was a constant companion. Jane Smiley's masterpiece, The Greenlanders, luxuriates in death and human drama at the furthest outpost of European history, amidst the hypnotic, hazardous wonder of that vast land.


Shadowgraphs Anyone Can Make
Phila H. Webb, Jane Corby
Running Press
Used Hardcover, $5

When I was a kid my nanny taught me shadow puppets, and she showed me how to make a hang-gliding wombat in a lightning storm, but you need a partner and the light from a welding torch, so I don't get the chance to do it so much anymore. It recently came to light that the person that I thought was my nanny was actually the creation of the very skilled shadow-puppeteer, Phila H. Webb. Her book was first published in 1927, when shadow puppets were all the rage. Of course they quickly fell out of fashion during the Great Depression when, due to the scarcity of electric light (not to mention candle wax), shadows became an unattainable luxury for most.

Another Brother
Matthew Cordell
Feiwel & Friends, 2012
Used Hardcover, $9


Life for Davy was glorious, as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey, who by his very nature quickly became his nemesis. And then he got another brother, and another, and another, and another....until he had twelve of them! And that is just the beginning of his trouble. Familial strife makes for high comedy in Matthew Cordell's irreverent story of sheep and sibling misery.

Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird
Tim Birkhead
Bloomsbury, Paperback
Orig. $16, Sale $6.99

C'mon, Tim Birkhead, we all know what it's like to be a bird. If you are pretty life's all nature preserves and papparazzi. If you lay eggs or taste good, it's off to prison. And if you're a pigeon, well. If you're a pigeon, the rest of the world thinks prison is too good for you. So, Tim, what can you tell me that I don't already know? You, sir, with your utterly marvelous book about how birds perceive the world?


When Will There Be Good News?
Kate Atkinson
Back Bay Books, Paperback
Orig. $13.99, Sale $4.99
Kate Atkinson's novels (One Good Turn, Case Histories) are at the top of the heap, and the rest of the chills-n-thrills crowd are luck if they can claw their way high enough to catch a glimpse of her lofty perch. Atkinson's style is disturbing, compelling, and witty - and all of those adjectives certainly apply here. You know what you're getting into before you even crack the book open (this title has always struck me as gutsy), and the cast of characters and the complex web of plotlines - perpetrator of a horrific crime released after 36 years; 16 year-old mother whose employer disappears mysteriously; detective whose dark past is about to emerge unexpectedly - won't fail to deliver that quintessentially Atkinson experience.

The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes
Tom Ambrose
Rodale, Hardcover
Orig. $25, Sale $8.99
The kind of cycling fanatic that would appreciate this book won't be waiting for next July and the next Tour de France, won't be moaning about the approach of cold weather and the end of their season in the saddle. They'll be tuning in to the end of the Vuelta España and digging their balaclava out of the closet. They'll be like me. From the "first" bicycle to the models of the near future (GO JENS!!), The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes gives a lively and informative tour of the greatest, most nearly-magical machine ever invented.

Mittel v. Deerfield, 1947.

"Newman Mittel took part in the schoolboy tourney and finished in the first four with a fine score. The following game is one in which Mittel had a chance to display his prowess.....Needless to say white should have looked before he leaped on his 22nd move."


Our best-selling Fuji Bowls are in for the season with new designs & patterns! Our Fuji Bowls with lids are a beautiful blend of form and function. They can go right from the fridge and into the microwave to steam soup or ramen to perfection. They are great for storage and leftovers and they make wonderful house warming gifts.

Next book club meeting
October 13th @7:30pm

Snow Hunters
by Paul Yoon

No need to sign up, just show up!


All about comics, all around town!

The Brookline Public Library is focusing on the world of comics during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27. On Monday, 9/22 at 7pm, Carol Tilley takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal a fateful year in comics history with When Comics Almost Died. Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content.
On Thursday, 9/25 at 7pm, Comics! Banned in Boston will be a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter). We'll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone's freedom to read.

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE, is coming back for its fifth year! MICE was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics, with a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist! MICE will take place October 4 – 5 2014 at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. It is free and open to the public.


Calvin & Hobbes, the greatest comic strip ever, entered into Jackson and Libbie's lives over the weekend. Between my wife and me we own all the collections (as does any self-respecting member of our generation), and Jack has been pulling them off the shelf so we can sample from each one. Watterson's pacing is genius, his strips equally powerful whether the two are engaged in near silent contemplation or locked in a violent whirlwind of rage and insults. The kids definitely love the noise, but I can see that they are likewise hooked by the quietude. Bill Watterson, where have you gone?

Thanks for reading,

currently reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

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