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- Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
- Seating begins at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
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- 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.


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Thursday, July 9th at 5:00pm
Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom

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The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him. Fairytales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure of the bestselling Land of Stories series.

This is a signing-only event. Purchase of The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom from Brookline Booksmith is required to attend.

Friday, July 10th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. July’s lineup: Carina Finn, Gabrielle Klein, and Nicelle Davis.

Monday, July 13th 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. This month we’ll be discussing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

To contact our moderator, email

Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00pm
Don Winslow
appearing in conversation with Robert Birnbaum
The Cartel

From the internationally best-selling author of The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, an epic story of the Mexican-American drug wars. It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federació. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. The Cartel is a story of revenge, honor, and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul.

Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00pm
Lou Ureneck
The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide

The year was 1922: American Asa Jenningshad just arrived in the Turkish coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Unknown to him, the Armenian Genocide was unfolding and the Turkish army was advancing on Smyrna, where a half a million refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians, Jennings commandeered a fleet of unoccupied Greek ships and was able to evacuate a quarter million innocent people—an amazing humanitarian act that has been lost to history, until now.
Thursday, July 16th 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.


Saturday, July 18th 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.

Sunday, July 19th at 2:00pm
Tui T. Sutherland
Wings of Fire: Winter Turning

Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family his whole life. When his sister, Icicle, runs away from Jade Mountain Academy, fleeing her terrible crimes and possibly planning to commit more, Winter knows that they both need a second chance to make things right -- if only he can find her. The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series soars to even greater heights in this latest installment!

Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm
Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem
The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together

What do we know of the wife and child the Buddha abandoned when he went off to seek his enlightenment? The Buddha’s Wife brings this rarely told story to the forefront while also examining the practical applications her teachings have on our modern lives. While traditional Buddhism emphasizes solitary meditation, her experience speaks of “The Path of Right Relation,” of achieving awareness not alone, but together with others.

Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00pm
Michael Silverman

Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. On the eve of Pedro Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction, his co-author, Michael Silverman, will join us to discuss this remarkable story.  

Sunday, July 26th 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.


Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00pm
Ray Daniel - Corrupted Memory
Brad Parks - The Fraud

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.

The Fraud is the most thrilling, emotionally resonant entry yet in the award-winning Carter Ross series. What starts as an investigation into a rash of deadly carjackings in Newark ends with reporter Carter Ross having to make a chilling choice about who gets to live: him or his unborn child.

Thursday, July 30th at 7:00pm
Anthony Amore in conversation with Michael Blanding (The Map Thief)
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World

The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses; the use of online auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime.


Friday, July 31st at 3:00pm
Where's Waldo? Party!

Where’s Waldo? Starting on July 2nd, 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 31st 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:
Cause to Paws
Coolidge Corner Theater
Eureka! Puzzles
Knight Moves Cafe
Magic Beans
Mint Julep
New England Comics
OTTO Pizza
Tiny Hanger

Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Felicia Day
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

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When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Now Felicia’s world is filled with creativity, video games, and a dash of feminist activism—just like her memoir. Showcasing Felicia’s hilarious and unique voice, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and requires tickets, which are $5 each, or free with the purchase of You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)  from Brookline Booksmith. After the reading, a book signing will take place at Brookline Booksmith, and all are welcome to attend.

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