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Tuesday May 31st 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 Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Tuesday May 31st 7:00 pm
<strong>Daniel Palmer</strong> <em>Forgive Me</em>, <strong>Matthew Palmer</strong> <em>The Wolf of Sarajevo</em> image

In Forgive Me, P.I. Angie DeRose makes a life-altering discovery in the wake of her mother’s sudden death. Hidden in her parents’ attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a handwritten message on the back: “May God forgive me.”

The Wolf of Sarajevo is a riveting novel of international suspense from veteran diplomat Matthew Palmer set against a scarred Sarajevo with the specter of war once again hanging over the Balkans.

Wednesday June 1st 7:00 pm

Join us for a night of noir with two authors whose work illuminates the forgotten corners of Appalachia. Ridgerunner finds wildlife conservation officer Matt Rider at odds with members of the renegade Pittman family in a rural Pennsylvania that’s been ravaged by the natural gas industry. Heading south to a bitterly benighted, mine-polluted corner of Virginia, Nitro Mountain follows a group of people bound together by alcohol, small-time crime and music.

Saturday June 4th 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.

Monday June 6th 7:00 pm

Tucker taking his nine-year-old cousin Maria sledding should have been a nice outing. But by the end of the crisp December morning Maria is kidnapped, her mother is dead, and her mafia don father has been arrested for murder. Searching for Maria through sub-zero days and nights, Tucker persists even as his relentless efforts draw him into a deadly crossfire between every power-hungry crook in Boston.

Wednesday June 8th 7:00 pm

From New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero. Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. He accepts – but the deal comes with a terrible price.

Thursday June 9th 7:00 pm

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother’s sprawling Connecticut lake house. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of her siblings, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. But as the wedding draws near, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths are exposed. With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.

Friday June 10th 7:00 pm

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality to artificial intelligence —will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other.

Monday June 13th 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. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our To contact our moderator, email

Tuesday June 14th 7:00 pm

The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now bestselling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure about a Druid order battling any evil that threatens the Four Lands.

Wednesday June 15th 7:00 pm

Ollie Krueger’s days as a punk kid practicing street magic are are mostly behind her. Now she’s a butcher at Carnage, a high-end restaurant offering deconstructed takes on meat. Before she knows it magic is back in Ollie’s life in the form of a mysterious knife, and she’s being chased through New York City, with the fabric of space-time tattering around her and weird inter-dimensional worms squirming their way into her kitchen.

Jeremy P. Bushnell will be appearing in conversation with Amy L. Clark who will also be reading from her short story collection Adulterous Generation.   

Thursday June 16th 7:00 pm

Early in 2013 Neil Hayward, current board director for the Brookline Bird Club, was at a crossroads after quitting an unfulfilling job. So he went birding. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year–a race to find the most birds in one year. Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long-standing Big Year record. He also surprised himself, finding a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it.

Friday June 17th 7:00 pm

You followed The Passage. You faced The Twelve. Now enter The City of Mirrors for the final reckoning. The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are daring to dream of a hopeful future. But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. One last time light and dark will clash, and at last  Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Saturday June 18th 7:00 pm

In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of Hamilton: An American Musical, calls How to Ruin Everything, “Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition.”

Sunday June 19th 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.

Monday June 20th 7:00 pm
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Our newest book club selects readings from independent presses. Free and open to the public, meeting the third Monday of every month at 7:00pm. To contact our moderator, email  


This month we’re reading: Square Wave by Mark de Silva.

Tuesday June 21st 7:00 pm

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace. Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom. As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

Wednesday June 22nd 7:00 pm

As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. From August 1969 to August 1970, the nation witnessed nine thousand protests and eighty-four acts of arson or bombings at schools across the country. Clara Bingham’s unique oral history of that tumultuous time unveils anew that moment when America careened to the brink of a civil war at home, as it fought a long, futile war abroad.

Thursday June 23rd 7:00 pm

Brighton is an extraordinary thriller—gripping, haunting, and marvelously told—about two friends growing up in a rapidly changing Boston, who must face the sins of their past in the midst of a series of brutal murders.

In We Were Kings, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses in 1950’s Boston. Serpents in the Cold introduced us to Cal and Dante. This time they must descend into Boston’s shadowy underbelly to discover a terrorist plot that will shake the city to its core.

Monday June 27th 7:00 pm

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. Yet when Pru discovers a murdered tourist and his girlfriend’s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a complicated case of crime and punishment that involves some new friends, an old nemesis, and her own shadowed past.

Tuesday June 28th 4:30 am

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.

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.