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>>>February    
Thursday February 26th at 7:00 pm
POLITICS/LGBT
Marc Solomon
Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won

Ten years ago no state allowed same-sex couples to marry, support for gay marriage nationwide hovered around 30 percent. Today, same-sex couples can marry in seventeen states, polls consistently show majority support, and nearly three-quarters of Americans believe legalization is inevitable. In Winning Marriage Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time.

   
RESCHEDULED Friday, February 27th at 7:00 pm
Tasneem Zehra Husain
Only the Longest Threads

Only the Longest Threads is the fiction debut of string theorist Tasneem Zehra Husain. July 2012. When the decades long search for the Higgs Boson comes to a triumphant end, Leo, a science writer, and Sara, an aspiring string theorist, are among the jubilant crowd at CERN. As they discuss this historic event and the emotions it evokes, Leo suddenly experiences a moment of clarity - he realizes  the true experience of science can never be communicated by words which fail to reflect the passion of the endeavor. He makes it his goal to write a reimagined history of physics; one that captures the excitement and essence of moments that changed, forever, our perception of the universe and our place in it.

     
     
>>>March    
   
   

Monday March 2nd at 7:00 pm
Reif Larsen
I Am Radar

In 1975, a black child named Radar Radmanovic is mysteriously born to white parents. Though Radar is raised in suburban New Jersey, his story rapidly becomes entangled with terrible events in Yugoslavia, Norway, Cambodia, the Congo, and beyond. Falling in with a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists—who stage experimental art for people suffering under war-time sieges—Radar is forced to confront the true nature of his identity. In I Am Radar, acclaimed novelist Reif Larsen—the author of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet—delivers a triumph of storytelling at its most primal, elegant, and epic.

   
Tuesday March 3rd at 7:00 pm
Tim Dorsey
Shark Skin Suite

Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer involved in schemes of hilarious mayhem as only Tim Dorsey can whip up.


   
Wednesday March 4th at 7:00 pm
Rebecca Pacheco
Do Your Om Thing

While the practice of yoga encourages fitness, its benefits extend far beyond the physical. In order to have a beautiful, fit body, a yoga practitioner must understand and respect its inextricable link to mind and spirit. Master yoga teacher, athletic model, and writer Rebecca Pacheco is the ultimate twenty-first-century yoga ambassador. In Do Your Om Thing, she shows readers how to benefit from the ancient wisdom and philosophy of yoga without repudiating its modern attributes.


   
Thursday March 5th at 7:00 pm
Casey Sherman and David Wedge
Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy


Veteran journalists Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings with a unique, Boston-based account of the events that riveted the world. From the Tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself (which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast), from the terrifying police shootout with the suspects to the ultimate capture of the younger brother, Boston Strong: A City's Triumph over Tragedy reports all the facts—and so much more. Based on months of intensive interviews, this is the first book to tell the entire story through the eyes of those who experienced it.


   
Monday March 9th at 7:30 pm
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.
   
Wednesday March 11th at 7:00 pm
Diana Rodgers
The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook

On her farm in Massachusetts, nutritionist Diana Rodgers has found a way back to a healthy, active lifestyle with a focus on nutritious and delicious eating, raising animals, growing vegetables, and balancing work and play. Anyone can have the same healthy, balanced lifestyle and a closer connection to their food—whether you live in a house in the suburbs, a farmhouse in the countryside, or an apartment in the city. With over 100 seasonal Paleo recipes, guides to growing your own food and raising animals, and inspiring how-tos for crafts and entertaining, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is a guide not just for better eating, but for better living—and a better world.
   
Thursday March 12th at 7:00 pm
Susan Engel
The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood

Despite American education’s recent mania for standardized tests, testing misses what really matters about learning: the desire to learn in the first place. Curiosity is vital, but it remains a surprisingly understudied characteristic. The Hungry Mind is a deeply researched, highly readable exploration of what curiosity is, how it can be measured, how it develops in childhood, and how it can be fostered in school.

   

Thursday March 12th at 7:00 pm
BASH Poetry Reading

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. Featuring: Tod Marshal, Kathleen Ossip, Matthew Rohrer and Amish Trivedi
   
Saturday March 14th at 2:00 pm
Anna Staniszewski
Power Down, Little Robot

Special Kids event Robot Pajama Party! It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module. From a debut picture book author and the illustrator of Little Boo, this funny twist on a familiar nighttime routine will click with bedtime avoidance experts everywhere.

   
Monday March 16th at 7:00 pm
Boris Fishman
A Replacement Life

Boris Fishman makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”? Praised by The New York Times and Joyce Carol Oates, A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

   


Tuesday March 17th at 7:00 pm
Atticus Lish - Preparation for the Next Life
John Benditt - The Boatmaker

Preparation for the Next Life tells the story of Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, who migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.


In The Boatmaker a fierce, complicated, silent man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the small island where he was born. As the boatmaker’s journey takes him deeper into the layers of racial and religious hatred, he uncovers truths that allow him to redirect the course of his destiny. Part fable, part allegory,The Boatmaker is a haunting and passionate story of love and the voyage of self-discovery.

 

   
Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 pm
Eddie Joyce
Small Mercies

An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce’s debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby—the Amendola family’s youngest son—everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter’s unexpected death. Bobby’s mother Gail; his widow Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, the misfit; and his father Michael have all dealt with their grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.’s birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina’s life while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one.

   
Thursday March 19th at 7:00 pm
Small Press Book Club

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 March 20th at 7:00 pm
Breakwater

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 March 21st at 10:30 am
Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.

   

Sunday March 22nd at 2:00 pm

Natasha Lowe
The Courage of Cat Campbell

Weekend Kids event with giveaways and treats! Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch! The town of Potts Bottom is threatened by a notoriously feared witch, and Cat has the chance to help her family and town—and to prove herself in the process.
   
Monday March 23rd at 7:00 pm
J.C. Hallman
B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read—so you read them. B & Me is that story, the story of Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process. In the spirit of Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage, B & Me is literary self-archaeology: a funny, irreverent, brilliant, incisive story of one reader’s desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way.

   
Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 pm
Hallie Ephron
Night Night, Sleep Tight

From the award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman comes a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable. Los Angeles 1986: When Deirdre Unger arrived in Beverly Hills to help her bitter, disappointed father sell his dilapidated house, she discovers his lifeless body floating face down in the swimming pool. At first, Deirdre assumes her father’s death was a tragic accident. But the longer she stays in town, the more she suspects that it is merely the third act in a story that has long been in the making.

   
Wednesday March 25th at 7:00 pm
Bob Katz
The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

Alone among thousands in the stadium and millions watching at home, the ref’s goal is fairness and neutrality. He truly does not care who wins or loses. His passion to do the right thing on the court is shaped by character and training and a rare kind of honor. During a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the challenges they must regularly confront. In The Whistleblower, we come to actually root for the ref.

   


Thursday March 26th at 7:00 pm
Melissa Falcon Field
What Burns Away
Bill Roorbach
The Remedy for Love

Good wife, good mother. That’s all Claire Spruce is trying to be, but the never-ending snow in this new town and her workaholic husband are making her crazy. Feeling overwhelmed and alone, she reconnects with her long-lost high school boyfriend, Dean. But Dean’s reappearance is not a coincidence. He wants something from Claire—and she soon finds that the cost of repaying an old favor may lead to the destructions of her entire life. What Burns Away is a story of loyalty, family, and the consequences of the past’s inevitable collision with our future.



They’re calling for the “Storm of the Century,” and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his office early and heads to the store. But when a seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, charity takes hold of his heart—twenty bucks and a ride home; that’s the least he can do. Trouble is, she’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods. Eric, with troubles of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can’t. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together. Intensely moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

   
Saturday March 29th at 10:30 am
Special Passover Themed Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud. This is a special passover themed story time!

   
Monday March 30th at 7:00 pm
David Shields
I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel   

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields (How Literature Saved My Life) always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next year and a half). Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin and talk about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal—and, of course, writers and writing. David Shields will appear in-conversation with Christopher Lydon of Radio Open Source.
   
Tuesday March 31st at 7:00 pm
Holly LeCraw
The Half Brother

When Charlie Garrett arrives as a young teacher at the shabby-yet-genteel Abbott School, he finds a world steeped in privilege and tradition. Before long he is drawn to May Bankhead, the daughter of the legendary school chaplain; but when he discovers he cannot be with her, he forces himself to break her heart, and she leaves Abbott—he believes forever. But nearly a decade later, his peace is shattered when his golden-boy half brother, Nick, comes to Abbott to teach—and May returns as a teacher as well. With wisdom and emotional generosity, LeCraw takes us through a year that transforms both the teachers and students of Abbott forever.


   

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