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Monday June 27th 7:00 pm

In When Bunnies Go Bad, bad-girl animal psychic Pru Marlowe lives in a world where only her crotchety tabby Wallis knows the whole truth about her past and her unique gift that surfaced abruptly one day. When Pru discovers a murdered tourist and his girlfriend’s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a case of crime and punishment that involves her own shadowed past.

In Nantucket Grand, poetry-writing Police Chief Henry Kennis must face a series of disturbing incidents that rock the small resort island of Nantucket during a long winter. When spring turns to summer and the tourists flood the island, the mysterious cycle of violence spins faster.  Could all of these events be part of the same sinister conspiracy? . Henry, putting his own life at stake, must take desperate action to set things right and save the world-his world-the little comma of scrub pine and dune grass he has come to call home.

Tuesday June 28th 4:30 pm

Open to grades 5-8. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month 4:30-6pm to read and discuss a great book! Ask a kids’ bookseller about this month’s pick.

This month we are reading The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Tuesday June 28th 7:00 pm

Vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card shark and self-proclaimed “Jade King of China,” Freeman Bernstein was a master of exuberant excess and no stranger to the hard-hand of the law. But the charges he was arrested for in 1937 were more serious than those he had ever encountered before; Adolf Hitler claimed that Bernstein had committed fraud against the German government. A thrilling and page-turning read, Hustling Hitler is the untold story of the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history.

Wednesday June 29th 7:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson was responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent.. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial.Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.

Thursday June 30th 7:00 pm

What if an empire of Jewish warriors that existed in the Middle Ages had never fallen—and was the only thing standing between Hitler and his conquest of Russia? Simultaneously a steampunk Joan of Arc and a genre-bending tale of a counterfactual Jewish state by a writer who invents worlds “out of Calvino or Borges” (The New Yorker), The Book of Esther reaffirms Emily Barton’s place as one of her generation’s most gifted storytellers.

Saturday July 2nd 10:30 am

Kids 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 July 7th 7:00 pm
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Join No Fixed Address Press in celebrating the debut collection of Brookline native Margaret Miranda. When the bruises come out her poems hold your gaze, yet every page is a mercy, a refuge - you’ve walked a thousand miles to hear these words. 

Monday July 11th 7:00 pm









Join us for a night of chills in July with a panel of today’s most exciting horror and dark fantasy authors including Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Joe Hill, Kat Howard, Josh Malerman,andPaul Tremblay.

Tuesday July 12th 7:30 pm

Meeting on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016.

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

We will be discussing Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.

Wednesday July 13th 7:00 pm

Moving along the Maine Coast and beyond, the interconnected stories in Goodnight, Beautiful Women bring us into the sultry, mysterious inner lives of New England women and girls as they navigate the dangers and struggles of their outer worlds. With novelistic breadth and a quicksilver emotional intelligence, Noyes explores the ruptures and vicissitudes of growing up and growing old, and shines a light on our most uncomfortable impulses while masterfully charting the depths of our murky desires.

Friday July 15th 7:00 pm

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan’s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.

Sunday July 17th 10:30 am

Kids 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 17th 2:00 pm
Ticketed Event
New York Times bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk and acclaimed artist Cameron Stewart have collaborated for one of the most highly anticipated sequels of our times: Fight Club 2, the graphic novel! The first rule of Fight Club 2 might be not to talk about it, but you can tell all your friends that Chuck Palahniuk will be signing copies of this dazzling new book at Brookline Booksmith on Sunday, July 17th at 2:00pm.
  • This FIGHT CLUB 2 appearance is a signing ONLY.
  • Chuck will not be performing or reading at this event.
  • This is a ticketed event and each ticket will include a copy of the FIGHT CLUB 2 hardcover ($29.95).
  • Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line.
  • In addition to FIGHT CLUB 2, Chuck will sign only TWO other items (pieces of memorabilia or books).
  • Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans.
  • Line formation will begin at noon.


Monday July 18th 7:00 pm

Our newest book club selects readings from independent presses. Free and open to the public, meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.To contact our moderator, email

This month we will be discussing Allegheny Frontby Matthew Neill Nul. 

Tuesday July 19th 7:00 pm

Nick Heller is a private spy—an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. Called to Washington, DC, Nick has just forty-eight hours to disprove a rumor about the chief justice and an escort. But when the call girl is found murdered, the case takes a dangerous turn, and Nick resolves to find the mastermind behind the conspiracy before it claims any more victims.

Wednesday July 20th 7:00 pm

Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa, follows two couples vacationing on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled. Unfolding with the pacing of a psychological thriller, Siracusa delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. 

Thursday July 21st 7:00 pm

A stunning debut from an author soon to join the ranks of Alan Furst and John le Carre. Washington D.C., 1953. The Cold War is heating up and the CIA is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion. George Mueller seems like the perfect operative to help find the mole. He has secrets of his own though, and as he digs deeper into the case, suspicion begins to fall on him as well. 

Paul will be joined in conversation by Rob Wilstein, author and board member of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator Program.

Friday July 22nd 7:00 pm

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin,  is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

Tuesday July 26th 4:00 pm

Open to grades 5-8. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month 4:30-6pm to read and discuss a great book! Ask a kids’ bookseller about this month’s pick.

Tuesday July 26th 7:00 pm

Haunted by the memory of his sister’s death on 9/11, Kennedy, a private airport security contractor, knows more about airports than the head of the TSA. So when he’s kidnapped and recruited into a CIA ghost operation, he jumps at the opportunity to work with a team of some of the CIA’s best counterterrorism analysts as they race against the clock to stop the greatest terrorist threat the United States will ever face.

Wednesday July 27th 7:00 pm

Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of a young, striving woman caught between worlds in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore. On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands. As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets. Cheryl will appear in conversation with National Book Award-winning novelist Julia Glass (Three Junes).

Friday July 29th 2:00 pm

Where’s Waldo? Starting on July 1st, 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 29th 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…For more information visit

Saturday July 30th 9:00 pm

For the first time in nearly ten years there is a new Harry Potter book coming out. That can only mean one thing at Brookline Booksmith: a midnight Harry Potter release party! The festivities will commence at 9:00pm with books available at midnight. Keep an eye on and our facebook and twitter for more details about wizardly contests, costumes, and concoctions coming soon. In the meantime you can  preorder Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from us and get 20% off!