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- Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
- Seating begins at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
- Our downstairs event space is not handicapped accessible; if you need further assistance please call ahead of time for accommodation at (617) 566-6660.


- Tickets $5 unless otherwise noted.
- Purchase tickets by visiting or calling the store at (617) 566-6660.
- Line to enter the theatre begins at 5:30pm
- Seating begins at 5:45pm
- For sold out events: after 5:55pm, latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the theatre.


If you can't make it to one of our excellent events, you may order signed copies of events books by calling the store at (617) 566-6660 or by ordering the book through our website. Just click "Shop Online" and request a signature and/or inscription in the "Additional Comments" field at checkout. Personalization is at author's discretion and not guaranteed.


Friday, May 22nd at 7:00pm
Claire Bidwell Smith
After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

In After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice—what happens after we die? She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone? Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.


Saturday, May 23rd at 4:00pm
Mako Yoshikawa
Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Father

Every Father's Daughter is a collection of 25 personal essays by women writers writing about their fathers. They come from farms and small towns and big cities, from every geographic region, from deprived and privileged circumstances, and from families of every description. But whether their fathers were present or absent in their formative years, they share a desire to understand one of life's profound relationships.The contributors include Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ann Hood, among others. Brookline Booksmith’s event will feature novelist and Emerson professor Mako Yoshikawa (Once Removed).


Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm
Dorie Clark
Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Ideas and Build a Following Around It

Dorie Clark, branding expert and author of Reinventing You, returns with Stand Out, a guidebook for breaking out with your idea in today’s ever-changing world. She helps you to develop your expert niche, generate brand new research, and branch out to find the network, audience and community. Each of us has ideas that can reshape the world. In Stand Out, Clark reveals how you can leverage them to create a movement of your own.


Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm
Lama Surya Das
Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

In Make Me One with Everything, Lama Surya Das invites us to experience all-inclusive connection through the art of inter-meditation and other original practices that allow us to see through the illusion of separation. "If you've ever felt 'at one' with something-your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song-then you've experienced inter-meditation," explains Lama Surya Das. Based on Tibetan Buddhism's core insights into the inherent essence of who we are, these teachings of shared spirituality offer both new and experienced meditators a better way to live-not just on the meditation cushion or the yoga mat, but in every moment of their lives.


Friday, May 29th at 7:00 PM
Nick Offerman

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

In his bestselling first book and comedic memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sycamore leaves, and embrace good old-fashioned elbow grease. In his new book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman has turned his focus to twenty-one notable personages, past and present, whose lives have inspired him and whose contributions have helped make America the great country it is today.

Tickets to this event are $35 and include a copy of the book, Gumption. Tickets go on sale to the general public 4/3 and can be purchased here at the Wilbur's website.


Saturday, May 30th at 5:00pm
Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted suburban dust. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.


Sunday, May 31st 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.

Monday, June 1st at 7:00pm
Paul Tremblay in conversation with Jack Haringa
Head Full of Ghosts

A New England family is torn apart when teenage Marjorie displays signs of acute schizophrenia. Her parents turn to a local Catholic priest and find themselves the unwitting stars of a hit reality show on exorcism. Fifteen years later Marjorie’s sister grapples with searing memories and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.


Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00pm
John Waters
in conversation with James Parker of The Atlantic Magazine
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion--and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Tickets for this event are $5 or free with the purchase of the book, and can be purchased by calling the store at 617.566.6660 or ordering online at

Please note that this event will not be followed by a free signing at Brookline Booksmith. The signing will take place at the theater and is only open to ticket holders.


Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00pm
Daniel Palmer - Constant Fear
Matthew Palmer - Secrets of State

Avid doomsday prepper Jake Dent readies his son for any catastrophe In Constant Fear. But his son has a secret, and now survival is no longer an abstract concept.

In Secrets of State, the outspoken Sam Trainor finds himself on the outs with Washington and shifts into the private sector. There he stumbles onto a plot, and realizes someone is twisting the intelligence to stoke a conflict between nuclear-armed rivals.

Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm
Seasoned Poets

Join us for the seventh annual poetry reading by the Brookline Senior Center’s Seasoned Poets!

Thursday, June 4th at 7:00pm
Nancy Reisman
Trompe l’Oeil

During a vacation in Rome the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as years pass the the loss weighs on the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member. Through the turbulence of marriage, the challenges of parenthood, job upheavals, and calamities large and small, Trompe l’Oeil examines family legacies, the ways those legacies persist, and the ways they might be transcended.

Friday, June 5th at 7:00pm
Ben Mezrich
Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs-A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder

The untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaires who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime: “Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician and entrepreneur in the automobile business, and his dashing protégé Roman Abramovich, who built an empire on oil and aluminum. But their relationship frayed when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media—and had to flee the country. Written with heart-stopping pacing, this story of amassing obscene wealth and power depicts a rarefied world seldom seen up close.

Monday, June 8th at 6:00pm
Joey Graceffa
In Real Life

Come meet YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa and have your picture taken with him at this special event! Purchase of In Real Life is required to attend.

Purchase of In Real Life from Brookline Booksmith on June 8th is required to attend this event. Upon paying for the book you will be given a wristband. This wristband will be your ticket to meet Joey. Once in the line, you will be given a pre-signed copy of In Real Life and have the opportunity to meet Joey and have your picture taken together. Due to time constraints, no additional book personalization, memorabilia signing, or personal photography will be allowed. Wristbands will go on sale June 8th at 8:30am. There will be no preorders and wristbands must be purchased in person.

For any questions, please call the store at 617-566-6660 or email:

Monday, June 8th at 7:30pm
Book Club

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email

This week we'll be discussing "Euphoria" by Lily King.

Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm
Joseph Finder
The Fixer

When Rick Hoffman loses his job and apartment, his only option is to move back to the home of his miserable youth, empty since his father’s stroke. There he makes an electrifying discovery - and finds himself on the run from enemies desperate to bury the past. Only solving the mystery of his father — a man unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — can save Rick.

Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00pm
She Writes Press Night

She Writes Press is a publisher run by women, for women. Five of their authors will present their work, from short stories and novels, to memoirs and mindfulness. Featuring: Nina Gaby (Dumped), Carol Merchasin (This Is Mexico) , Celine Keating (Play for Me), and Barbara Stark-Nemon (Even in Darkness).


Thursday, June 11th at 7:00pm
Dzanc Author Night

Join us for an eclectic night of fiction and memoir featuring authors from Dzanc Books. Jen Grow’s My Life as a Mermaid is a short story collection focusing on the dark side of what it meant to live “happily ever after.” Patrick O’Neal’s Gun, Needle, Spoon is a memoir of drug addiction and armed robbery in punk rock San Francisco. And Shya Scanlon’s The Guild of St. Cooper is a near-future sci-fi tale of post-evacuation Seattle. Joining these three Dzanc authors is Boston’s own Joanna Rakoff for her memoir of her first job in New York publishing, My Salinger Year.

Friday, June 12th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. June’s lineup: Lisa Ciccarello, Brian Foley and S. Whitney Holmes.

Saturday, June 13th at 6:00pm
Colin Quinn
The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road; America’s increasing political correctness and sensitivity has us tiptoeing around the subjects of race and ethnicity. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? In The Coloring Book, Colin tackles the issue head-on.

Update: this event is no longer ticketed. It will be held at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446. It is now free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served.

Monday, June 15th at 7:00pm
Stephen Kurkjian
Master Thieves

Two men disguised as Boston Police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up the two night watchmen and make off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork including three works by Rembrandt and a Vermeer masterpiece. Now 25 years after the theft, Stephen Kurkjian who was the principal reporter on the case for The Boston Globe, has written a gripping account of the still-unsolved heist of a quarter century ago.

Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00pm
David Gates in conversation with Robert Birnbaum
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

These eleven stories, along with a masterful novella, mark the triumphant return of David Gates, whom New York magazine anointed “a true heir to both Raymond Carver and John Cheever.” A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me is populated by characters carrying a full supply of the human condition. They are terrifyingly self-aware, and refuse to go gently—even when they’re going nowhere fast. Relentlessly inventive, alternately hilarious and tragic, always moving, this book proves yet again that Gates is one of our most talented, witty and emotionally intelligent writers.

Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00pm
Bruce MacBain
Odin’s Child: Book One of the Odd Tangle-Hair Saga

Driven from the flaming ruin of his Iceland farmhouse, young Odd Tangle-Hair, the only survivor of a feud in which his family is slaughtered, steals a ship, rounds up a rag-tag crew and embarks on the Viking life. He swears one day to return, rich and powerful enough to take vengeance on his enemies. Fate carries him and his men to a shamanistic healer in Lapland, to bloody religious strife in Norway, to the lair of a witch in Finland, and finally to the borders of Russia, with new dangers awaiting in every faraway land.

Thursday, June 18th at 7:00pm
Small Press Book Club

Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.

Friday, June 19th 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. Fore more information, please visit

Saturday, June 20th at 10:30am
Childrens 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.

Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00pm
Charles Kaiser
The Cost of Courage

In 1943 André Boulloche became de Gaulle’s military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in northern France only to be betrayed and taken prisoner. André survived three concentration camps, but his parents and oldest brother were shipped off on the last train from Paris to Germany and died in the camps. Since then, silence has been the Boulloches’s answer to dealing with the unbearable.


Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 PM SOLD OUT !
Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

In the Unlikely Event


Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to bring Judy Blume to the Coolidge Corner Theater for her first adult novel in over 15 years, In the Unlikely Event. When Judy Blume was a teenager a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey within a three month period. “These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” says Blume. “We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.” Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who are continually affected by these events. We see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent’s love, a widower’s hope, and everything in between. Most importantly, In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of readers of all generations.

Tickets for this event are no longer availble online. There may still be tickets available to purchase in-store. Call us 617-566-6660 for more information.

Friday, June 26th at 7:00pm
Jeanie Gruber
Make Food Work: How to Turn Your Love of Food into a Successful Catering Business COOKING/BUSINESS

When Jeanie Gruber began catering small gatherings in the 1990s, she had no intention of making a career change. Fast forward to the present day: Miss Jeanies Catering and Events Co. is entering its third decade as a one-of-a-kind food business. As Gruber recounts through the steps that made her business grow, readers will discover that limited training and funds need not hold them back.

Sunday, June 28th at 10:30am
Childrens 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.

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