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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…

Participating Businesses: 

Boston General Store

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Eureka! Puzzles

Knight Moves Café

Magic Beans

Michael’s Deli

New England Comics

OTTO Pizza

The Paris Creperie

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Tiny Hanger

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!

Monday Aug. 1st 7:00 pm

How far will you go to achieve a dream? In You Will Know Me that’s the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits–until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

When a hurricane slams into Boston, Detective Eddy Harkness is thrown into the eye of a very different kind of storm. Dark Horse — an especially pure and deadly brand of heroin — has infiltrated the gritty Lower South End. Fast-paced and atmospheric, Dark Horse moves from dive bars to Harvard dorm rooms to the city’s elite social clubs, as Harkness puts everything at risk to try to derail the seemingly unstoppable conspiracy before it’s too late.

Tuesday Aug. 2nd 7:00 pm

Join us for the launch of #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover’s latest novel. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Preorder tickets to this event are sold out, but standing room will be provided and everyone is welcome to come get their book signed.

Friday Aug. 5th 7:00 pm

Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his sixtieth birthday topping 330 pounds. He knew he was at a dangerous crossroads. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.” In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind.

Saturday Aug. 6th 10:30 am

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 Aug. 7th 5:00 pm

Join us for an evening of fantastical Middle Grade fiction! S.E. Grove will be here for The Crimson Skew, the conclusion of her historical fantasy Mapmakers Trilogy. Tui Sutherland will be here for Darkstalker, the first installment of the new Wings of Fire prequel series introducing Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.

Monday Aug. 8th 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

We will be discussing My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman.

Tuesday Aug. 9th 7:00 pm

When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when the owner of the Sugar Maple Inn offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee—or stay and finally discover what it means to belong.

Wednesday Aug. 10th 7:00 pm

Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, National Book Award-nominated author Brad Watson explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central “uses” for a woman in that time and place—namely, sex and marriage.  Free to satisfy only herself, she mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.

This is the August selection of our Signed First Editions Club (SFE). To learn more, visit

Monday Aug. 15th 7:00 pm

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 week we’ll be discussing Vermilion by Molly Tanzer.

Tuesday Aug. 16th 7:00 pm

Open the pages of so many children’s classics―Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Little House books―and you will see page after page of Garth Williams’s artistry that brought those stories to life. This is the first full biography of Garth Williams written with the help and cooperation of his family. From enduring the Blitz in London to meeting Winston Churchill and Laura Ingalls Wilder, behind the illustrations sparking the imagination of generations was a man who had an extraordinary existence

Sunday Aug. 21st 10:30 am

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.

Dorothy Tolchin of Brookline Family Sign will run a special ASL-integrating story time!

Tuesday Aug. 23rd 7:00 pm

The Oliver Sacks of animal brains, Dr. Nicholas Dodman (The Dog Who Loved Too Much) once again breaks new ground with the practice of One Medicine, the profound recognition that humans and other animals share the same neurochemistry, and that our minds and emotions work in similar ways. Racehorses with Tourette’s, dogs with epilepsy, cats with OCD—these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine. Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them—and our mutual bonds.

Monday Aug. 29th 7:00 pm

Tell Me the Number before Infinity is an honest, moving, informative, often funny and inspiring account of a girl and her mother’s journey. Becky Taylor is a mathematical whiz, who has cerebral palsy and a B.S. in Computer Science. With her mother, Dena Taylor, M.S.W., they describe life in their family and the realities of having a disability. The Taylors’ pivotal action hugely contributed to California’s historical mainstreaming of disabled children into the public school system.