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Tuesday Sept. 27th 7:00 pm

Since he got fired from his newspaper job last year, former investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has been piecing together a new life for himself. The New England Patriots, shaken by murder charges against one of their players, have hired Mulligan to investigate the background of a college star they’re thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but when they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player has something to hide—and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret. Bruce will be appearing in conversation with mystery writer and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan (What You See).

Wednesday Sept. 28th 7:00 pm

With Standoff, David Rivard, winner of the James Laughlin Award, asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty?

Del Sol Poetry Prize-winner David Blair’s Arsonville is a collection of  poems in several registers at once, comic and elegiac, about contemporary life and its large intersections and personal interstices.

Thursday Sept. 29th 7:00 pm

A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

Friday Sept. 30th 7:00 pm

In a distant future in which Latin Americans have pioneered faster-than-light space travel, Dr. Jan Amos Sangan Dongo is a veterinarian who specializes in treating enormous alien animals. When a colonial conflict threatens the fragile peace between the galaxy’s seven intelligent species, he must embark on a daring mission through the insides of a gigantic creature and find two swallowed ambassadors—who also happen to be his competing love interests. Funny, witty, raunchy, and irrepressibly vivacious, Super Extra Grande is a rare specimen in the richly parodic tradition of Cuban science fiction, and could only have been written by a Cuban heavy-metal rock star with a biology degree: the inimitable Yoss.

Saturday Oct. 1st 10:30 am
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Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month.

Monday Oct. 3rd 7:00 pm

There’s no better way to cultivate community, foster friendship, or simply nourish family than over heartwarming bowls of homemade soup. Kathy Gunst, Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now and a James Beard Award-winning journalist, provides 60 terrific recipes. Whether taken to the party or savored at home, this trusted collection of soups, stews, and chowders is sure to satisfy all year long.

There will be free soup samples from the cookbook while supplies last.

Tuesday Oct. 4th 7:00 pm

In Taiwan, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family. When 25-year-old Jing-nan’s gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing-nan can’t exactly say no. Big Eye’s teen daughter, Mei-ling, has a biker boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks—in Big Eye’s gangster opinion—and Big Eye wants Jing-nan to bring her to Taipei, away from the bad influences. But Mei-ling is hiding a secret—one that puts her in harm’s way, and if Jing-nan wants to save his cousin from her own demons, he has to figure out the truth, even if it tears his family apart—again.

Wednesday Oct. 5th 7:00 pm

From Darkness to Dynasty reveals the unlikely history of the New England Patriots. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing, to their fateful first Super Bowl victory, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first 40 years of the most dominant franchise in NFL history.

Featuring interviews from Patriots players and coaches, in Belichick and Brady Michael Holley presents a fascinating portrait of the partnership between Tom Brady, the Patriots’ star quarterback, and Bill Belichick, the team’s prolific coach. Chockful of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and information exploring how they have strategized and weathered controversies, all culminating into four Superbowl rings, this is required reading for any Patriots fan and students of the game of football.

Thursday Oct. 6th 7:00 pm


With bighearted characters–husbands, wives, friends, and lovers–who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we’re all running from. Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?

Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in Cruel Beautiful World a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family. It’s 1969, and sixteen-year-old Lucy is about to run away to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte’s youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II. Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States.

Friday Oct. 7th 7:00 pm

Join us for a night of new stories, essays, and poems by MFA candidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston. For more information, please visit breakwaterreadingseries.wordpress.com

Saturday Oct. 8th 5:00 pm

Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to bring Joey Graceffa back to Boston for his debut Young Adult Fantasy novel, Children of Eden. Rowan is an illegal Second Child in a post-apocalyptic world where all humanity is forced to live in Eden, a contained, population-controlled environment under the watch of an oppressive government. But after sixteen years of secrecy Rowan is ready to forge her own path, unleashing a chain of events that could change the world of Eden forever.

This is a signing-only event. For tickets and additional details please visit our Eventbrite page.

Monday Oct. 10th 7:30 pm

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets at 7:30pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com

This month we’ll be reading Vegetarian by Han Kang.

Tuesday Oct. 11th 7:00 pm

Brookline Booksmith and WBUR are proud to present Patti Smith, the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids. Her latest book, M Train is an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids, M Train is an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.” Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today. Patti Smith will be appearing in conversation with author and Boston native Michael Patrick MacDonald (All Souls). 

This event will be held at the Berklee Performance Center. At the end of the program, Patti will perform a few songs with musician Tony Shanahan. There will not be a signing following the performance.

This event requires tickets which are $25.00 each and include one paperback copy of M Train. Tickets are available through the Berklee box office or by clicking here.
 
 
Wednesday Oct. 12th 7:00 pm


Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game. Box Brown will appear in conversation with Liz Prince (Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir).

Thursday Oct. 13th 7:00 pm

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human—and humanizing—thing that we do.

Sunday Oct. 16th 10:30 am
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Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month.

Sunday Oct. 16th 11:00 am
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Summer Ink

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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.

Monday Oct. 17th 12:00 am

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club discusses a book published by an independent press. Free and open to the public, meeting the third Monday of every month at 7:00pm. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com

Wednesday Oct. 19th 7:00 pm

Ash McKenna used to be an amateur P.I.—emphasis on “amateur”. But after a traumatic turn of events, South Village finds him living on a commune in the Georgia woods, binge-drinking cheap whiskey and waiting for his passport to flee the country. Then a man is found dead. It’s written off as an accident, but Ash suspects something more sinister. As he struggles to understand the violence, while keeping his own demons at bay, Ash finds that it’s only a matter of time before one or the other puts him down for good.

Rough Trade, the long-awaited second novel in the Boston-based Anthony Award-nominated Boo and Junior series finds Junior called in for questioning for a murder he didn’t commit. Boo is determined to find the real killer, even if he has to face down crooked cops, crazed guard dogs, the Irish mob and—worst of all—his own ingrained prejudices. Action-packed, outrageously funny, and brutally honest, Rough Trade brings back crime fiction’s favorite bouncers in a novel that’s whip-smart, gritty, and above all human.

Thursday Oct. 20th 7:00 pm

From Elissa Altman, the Washington Postcolumnist and James Beard Award-winning author of Poor Man’s Feast comes a story of seeking truth, acceptance, and self in a world of contradiction. Every part of Elissa Altman’s Queens, New York, childhood was laced with contradiction: synagogue on Saturday and Chinese pork ribs on Sunday; bat mitzvahs followed by shrimp-in-lobster-sauce luncheons; her old-country grandparents, whose kindness and love were tied to unspoken rage, and her bell-bottomed neighbors, whose adoring affection hid dark secrets. Spanning from 1940s wartime Brooklyn to 1970s Queens to present-day rural New England, Treyf is a vivid tale of what it means to come to yourself both in spite and in honor to your past.

Friday Oct. 21st 7:00 pm

Over eleven years Mark Greif, co-founder ofn+1 magazine, wrote essays exploring the tyranny of exercise; ; the sexualization of childhood; the philosophy of Radiohead; the rise and fall of hipsters; the impact of the Occupy movement; and the crisis of policing. Each one is entertaining, and, from start to finish, dead serious.

Monday Oct. 24th 7:00 pm

It is 1994, and in the Arizona desert a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the “Terranauts,” have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of human nature itself.

Tuesday Oct. 25th 4:30 am

Join our kids’ book club on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm to discuss a great book! No sign-up needed. Ask a kids’ bookseller about this month’s pick or email alex@brooklinebooksmith.com for more information.

Thursday Oct. 27th 7:00 pm

In Flying Couch Amy Kurzweil tells the stories of three unforgettable women: her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist, her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto. Captivated by Bubbe’s story, Amy turns to her sketchbooks, teaching herself to draw as a way to cope with what she discovers. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Amy creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

Friday Oct. 28th 7:00 pm

In Mercury Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives and as Viv rides him she begins to dream of competing again. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession.

Eighteen-year-old Regina McBride is haunted by the ghosts of her parents. Raised Irish Catholic and with the ironclad belief that some sins are unforgivable, Regina fears her parents are trapped between worlds, forever punished after they committed suicide within a few months of each other. Lyrical and lovely, harrowing and haunting, Ghost Songs charts her struggle to separate madness from imagination and sorrow from devastation.

Sunday Oct. 30th 5:00 pm

Two stellar children’s authors share their magical, spooky new novels just in time for Halloween.

Brightwood: Daisy has never left her home of Brightwood Hall, a labyrinth filled with animals and talking portraits. But her mother vanishes, and Daisy finds herself besieged by a menacing stranger who wants Brightwood for himself.

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mable: Mabel is happy at magical Ruthersfield Academy, even if she gets in trouble for her experimental potions. When an assignment reveals that she was found as a baby in a flowerpot, Mabel no longer knows what to think. Who is she, why she was left in the flowerpot, and where is her birth family?

Monday Oct. 31st 7:00 pm

With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today’s most powerful and original voices. Taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, to Instagram, Barack Obama, and Boko Haram, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole’s wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities, and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.