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IN-STORE EVENTS

- 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.

EVENTS AT THE COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE

- Tickets $5 unless otherwise noted.
- Purchase tickets by visiting brooklinebooksmith.com/tickets 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.

 
   
 
   
>>>August  
   
   
Sunday, August 30th 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, August 31st at 7:00pm
HUMOR
Joe Hill and Ben Blacker
Nerdist Writers Panel

CANCELLED

Join us for a live taping of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast with special guest Joe Hill. The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Puss in Boots, Supernatural) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. This live taping will feature Joe Hill, the acclaimed author of novels, short stories and comics, including Horns and NOS4A2. Tickets are $5 each and all ticket proceeds will be donated to 826Boston, the national non-profit tutoring program.

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. We are working on rescheduling for a later date. If you have already purchased tickets, we are offering a full refund, or the option of holding on to the ticket until we can announce a reschedule date. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have more information for you as soon as possible.

   
>>>September  
   

Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm
FICTION
Hester Young
The Gates of Evangeline

When recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children, she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not nightmares; they are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them. A gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, The Gates of Evangeline is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn and Kate Atkinson won't be able to put down.

   

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:00 PM at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
FICTION
Christopher Moore
Secondhand Souls

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In San Francisco, something really strange is happening. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going—and you know that can’t be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore’s delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job. This event requires tickets, which are $5 each or free with the purchase of Secondhand Souls.


 

   

Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00pm
DRINKS/HUMOR
Caroline Bicks, PhD and Michelle Ephraim PhD
Shakespeare, Not Stirred

In Shakespeare, Not Stirred, two professors mix equal parts booze and Bard to help you through your everyday dramas. Each original drink and hors d’oeuvre recipe connects Shakespeare’s characters to life’s daily predicaments. Let Hamlet and King Lear get you through your next dysfunctional family gathering. Invite Ophelia and Othello over to help you drown your sorrows. Or get thee to a winery with Juliet’s Nurse, Elizabeth I, and all your gal pals. A free sample cocktail will be served courtesy of Winestone in Chestnut Hill.

   

Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00pm
MEMOIR
Michelle Tea
How to Grow Up: A Memoir

After fleeing Chelsea, Massachusetts at the age of nineteen, Michelle Tea (Mermaid in Chelsea Creek) resurfaced in California, where she smoked, drank, and worked dead-end jobs. During all of this, she scribbled in notebooks and eventually built herself a literary career. With advice ranging from why you should never hit on your tattoo artist to what you should do when you hit rock bottom, How to Grow Up touches on relationships, religion, and feminism with a no-holds-barred attitude.

   
Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00pm
MEMOIR
Bill Clegg in conversation with Heidi Pitlor
Did You Ever Have a Family

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her entire family.This Man Booker Prize-longlisted debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg (Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man) is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy. Bill Clegg will appear in conversation with novelist Heidi Pitlor (The Daylight Marriage).

   

Thursday, September 10th at 7:00pm
COOKING
Cara Nicoletti
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books

Cara Nicoletti, butcher, cook, and talented writer, serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books. From the perfect soft-boiled egg in Jane Austen's Emma, to the fava bean and chicken liver mousse (with a nice Chianti) in The Silence of the Lambs, these books and the tasty treats in them will satisfy anyone who loves a fantastic meal with family and friends-or curling up with a great novel for dessert.

   

Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm
POETRY
BASH Poetry Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. August’s lineup: Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs and Susan McCarty.

   

Monday, September 14th at 7:30pm
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 bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com
   

September, 14th at 7:00pm
HUMOR/MEMOIR
Mindy Kaling
Why Not Me?

This event is sold out!

Mindy Kaling will be here signing copies of her new book Why Not Me? Purchase from Brookline Booksmith required to attend. A copy of the book is included in the price of admission. Children under 17 may be attended by 1 chaperone and will not require an additional ticket. With the exception of chaperones, every person in line must have 1 ticket to enter signing line. If you have more questions, give us a call at 617.566.6660

   
Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm
YOUNG ADULT
Leila Sales
Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself as recklessly loyal, but lately she's grown resentful of everyone taking her loyalty for granted. Then Arden stumbles upon the online musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who seems to get her in a way that no one else does. During one crazy night out in New York City, Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either.

   
Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm
TRUE CRIME
T.J. English
Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him

Cara Nicoletti, butcher, cook, and talented writer, serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books. From the perfect soft-boiled egg in Jane Austen's Emma, to the fava bean and chicken liver mousse (with a nice Chianti) in The Silence of the Lambs, these books and the tasty treats in them will satisfy anyone who loves a fantastic meal with family and friends-or curling up with a great novel for dessert.

   
Thursday, September 17th 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. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com

   
Friday, September 18th 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 breakwaterreadingseries.wordpress.com

   
Saturday, September 19th at 10:30am
KIDS
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.

   
Sunday, September 20th at 2:00pm
KIDS
Adam Shaughnessy
The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB

When eleven-year-old, Pru receives an invitation with the question “WHAT IS THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB?” written on it, she feels compelled to investigate. This leads Pru to a number of unexpected discoveries, including the realization that her New England town is in danger of being overrun by beings straight out of Norse mythology, and that someone very close to Pru is lying to her. She’ll have to figure out who, and fast, if she wants to save her town and finally discover the unlikely truth behind "THE  UNBELIEVABLE FIB."
   

Monday, September 21st at 7:00pm
MYSTERY
Reed Farrel Coleman - Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins
Ray Daniel - Corrupted Memory

In Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins, three bodies are discovered in an abandoned factory building in Paradise, MA in the wake of a huge storm. It’s up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected in this stunning new addition to Robert B. Parker’s New York Times–bestselling series.

Corrupted Memory
, opens with a dead body lying outside of the computer hacker Tucker’s Boston home. Tucker soon learns the terrible truth: the dead man is a half-brother he never knew he had, and his second family comes with dark secrets.
   
Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm
MEMOIR
Mary Pat Kelly
Of Irish Blood

It’s 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Ireland her family had fled. She stumbles into a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and revolutionary women who challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.

   
Thursday, September 24th at 7:00pm
MEMOIR
Howard Axelrod
The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude

At the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod suffered an injury that left him permanently blinded in his right eye. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years. He needed to find, away from society’s pressures and rush, a sense of meaning that couldn’t be changed in an instant. This event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet, a non-profit creative writing center: www.grubstreet.org

   
Sunday, September 27th 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, September 28th at 7:00pm
EDUCATION/PARENTING
Jess Lahey
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education. Jess Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice and she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

   
Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00pm
HUMOR/PSYCHOLOGY
Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems

In this groundbreaking, entirely sensible, and funny book, the Bennetts open the shrinks’ secret solution manual and show you how to find a new kind of freedom by working toward realistic goals and doing the best with what you can control. With no-bullsh*t advice from a Harvard-educated shrink freed of all jargon and patronization by his smart-ass, comedy writer daughter, F*ck Feelings is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you’ve been looking for.

   

Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM
FICTION
Jojo Moyes
After You

In the sequel to the beloved New York Times million-copy bestseller, Me Before You, Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates.

   
>>>October  
   

Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 PM
MUSIC/MEMOIR
Elvis Costello
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, written entirely by Elvis Costello, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations of the less appealing side of infamy. Elvis Costello will appear in conversation with one of America's leading cultural historians and music critics, Peter Guralnick. For tickets and more information please visit: https://www.berklee.edu/events/elvis-costello-interview-unfaithful-music-disappearing-ink

   
   
 
 
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