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Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
Peter Bebergal
Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

In SEASON OF THE WITCH: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll Peter Bebergal explores the deep and nuanced connection between rock and roll and the mysterious world of the occult. Drawing on key developmental moments in rock history, from its origins in slave song to the rise of electronic instruments in the ‘80s, Bebergal creates a rich narrative analysis of the genre and its mystical ties.

Tuesday, OCtober 21 at 6: 00 pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Boston Globe Book Club
A Conversation Between Maryanne O’Hara and Nicole Lamy

Join Boston Globe Books editor Nicole Lamy and Maryanne O’Hara (Cascade) for the final Boston Globe Book Club event as they discuss Cascade. Tickets are free and available at

Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM
ft. Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, MT Anderson, Sarah Rees Brennan and Joshua Lewis
Monstrous Affections

From the editors of Steampunk! comes the stunning collection Monstrous Affections, featuring stories from some of today’s top young-adult authors. Predatory kraken, harpies, and a landform that claims lives, these stories explore ambition, loneliness, love, and the boundless potential for connection.


Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Eric Nelson
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding

Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In his revisionist account, The Royalist Revolution, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our “founding fathers” saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown. Harvard professor Eric Nelson is “Sure to fire up an old debate” in the book Publishers Weekly is calling an “important contribution to the literature on early American constitutionalism.”


Friday, October 24 from 6-8pm
Michelle Phan
Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success—Online and Off

YouTube star Michelle Phan uses makeup as a tool for transformation--and you can too! Filled with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials and adorned with stories about her own life, Make Up contains advice, instruction, and empowerment so you can put your best face forward.

Purchase of a book from Brookline Booksmith required to enter signing line. Copies of Make Up purchased previously to the event can still be signed.To pre-order your copy, visit, call 617-566-6660, or stop by in-store.

Sunday, October 26 at 11:00 AM
Summer Ink
Fall Reading

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.



Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 PM
Chris Raschka
Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses

Join Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka for his charming new book Alphabetabum, a collection of antique photographs with new poems and personalities created by Chris. There will be drawing exercises fun for all ages!


Monday, October 27 at 7:00 PM
Thomas Page McBee
Man Alive

What does it really mean to be a man? McBee attempts to answer, focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life—one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.


Thursday, October 30 at 7pm
Writing Across Gender Panel
ft. Jessica Keener, Julie Wu, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Askold Melnyczuk
Sponsored by Women’s National Book Association

In celebration of National Reading Group Month, four authors gather to discuss writing across gender. Can a man write a convincing woman, and vice versa? When you read a book, can you determine the author’s gender by how a character is developed? These questions and more will be explored by Jessica Keener (Women in Bed), Julie Wu (The Third Son), Hank Phillipi Ryan (Truth Be Told), and Askold Melnyczuk (Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature).


Saturday, November 1st at 4:00 pm
Heidi Siefkas
When All Balls Drop
Book Release Party

Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious. Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped. Through down-to-earth, short vignettes, When All Balls Drop shows us how it’s possible to “look up” in spite of pain, deceit, and loss.


Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM
Lizzie Stark
Pandora's DNA

Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA, Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes.


Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM
Anthony Flint
Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow

In Paris in the roaring twenties, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, rebranded himself Le Corbusier and set out to change the course of architecture and urban planning.The original star architect, innovator and disruptor, he traveled the world and dressed the part. In Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow, author Anthony Flint suggests that there is much to learn from the man often derided for inspiring the concrete towers of urban renewal -- from his innovative, super-efficient housing designs to the grand scale needed to plan the developing world's burgeoning cities.


Thursday, November 6th at 6:00 PM
Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Mayor for a New America
Signing Event Only!

After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history—and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city’s extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city.

This is a signing-only event. Purchase of Mayor For a New America from Brookline Booksmith is required to enter signing line.

Friday, November 7th at 6:30 PM
John Cleese
So, Anyway...

John Cleese’s  huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy’s DNA. In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway…, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world.

This event will be held at the JFK Presidential Library & Museum. Tickets are $60 each and include one copy of So, Anyway…
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Monday, November 10th at 7:30 PM
Brookline Booksmith 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


Tuesday, November 11th at 8:00 PM
Amanda Palmer
The Art of Asking

Brookline Booksmith will be present at this fantastic event on the release date of Amanda Palmer's new book, "The Art of Asking". Held at the Royale on Tremont street, this event is 18+ and will feature special musical and conversational (and who knows what else sorta) guests writer/husband-type Neil Gaiman, musician Jason Webley, writer/journalist Laurie Penny and harvard researcher + TED-star Amy Cuddy! Palmer will be signing books and other memorabilia after the event.

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Tuesday, November 11th at 7:00 PM
Leon White
Golf Course Rhymes

Surprising as it may seem, “golf  poetry” is not a contradiction in terms. In earlier times, poetry was an integral part of the game’s literature. In fact, the golf magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries contained golf poems in almost every issue. Leon White’s book Golf Course of Rhymes combines stories about golf and golf history with the best of this old poetry and some of his of his own. Both golfer and non-golfers will enjoy this reading.


Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm
Maureen Meister
Arts & Crafts Architecture

This book offers the first full-scale examination of the architecture associated with the Arts and Crafts movement that spread throughout New England at the turn of the twentieth century. Meister traces the history of the movement from its origins in mid-nineteenth-century England to its arrival in the United States and describes how Boston architects including H. H. Richardson embraced its tenets. Meister also discusses revered cultural personalities who influenced the architects, notably Ralph Waldo Emerson and art historian Charles Eliot Norton, as well as contemporaries who shared their concerns, such as Louis Brandeis.


Thursday, November 13th at 7:00 pm
Sarah Wildman
Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

She was your grandfather’s true love, was the only answer given when Sarah Wildman presented her grandmother with a dozen photographs of a dark-haired, smiling young woman she had stumbled upon in her grandfather’s old office. Years after her grandparents' had both passed away, Wildman found a cache of letters written to her grandfather in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; what was written instead opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. The letters revealed a woman desperate to escape and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm
BASH Reading Series
A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. This month: Jericho Brown, Rebecca Wolff, Travis Cebula and Sarah Suzor.

Sunday, November 16th at 4:00 pm
Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney's latest installment of the phenomenal bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

This will be a ticketed event for up to 800 people. To make this a fun and safe event, everyone in line will be required to have a ticket (no exceptions!). Tickets are free with the purchase of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Each book purchase is good for up to three tickets per family. Nobody will be admitted to the event without a ticket. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm
Ben Hewitt
Home Grown: Adventures in Partening off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children. Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom.


Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm
Jim Vrabel
A People's History of New Boston

Although Boston today is a vibrant and thriving city, it was anything but that in the years following World War II. By 1950 it had lost a quarter of its tax base over the previous twenty-five years, and during the 1950s it would lose residents faster than any other major city in the country. Credit for the city’s turnaround since that time is often given to a select group of people, all of them men, all of them white, and most of them well off. In fact, a large group of community activists, many of them women, people of color, and not very well off, were also responsible for creating the Boston so many enjoy today. This book provides a grassroots perspective on the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, when residents of the city’s neighborhoods engaged in an era of activism and protest unprecedented in Boston since the American Revolution.

Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm
Small Press Bookclub

Our new bookclub 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 7:00 pm.

Friday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Breakwater Reading Series

Join us for a night of new stories, essays, and poems by MFA canidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston. Fore more information, please visit the breakwater reading series facebook


Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm
Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo
This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life

Join everyone is Gay co-founders, Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, for their new book, This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. Owens-Reid and Russo and are thrilled to bring their wit and wisdom on the road for a larger audience of parents, young people, and community members.This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids speaks to parents who want practical, straightforward advice on how to communicate and better parent their LGBTQ child.


Sunday, November 23rd at 10:30 AM
Channkukah Storytime

Join us for a special Chanukah-themed children’s storytime!


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