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Thursday, July 24 at 7pm
Edan Lepucki and Joanna Rakoff

Dan Chaon calls Edan Lepucki’s California as “a wholly original take on the postapocalypse genre,” and he is so, so right. Cal and Frida, living in a shack in the wilderness after the apocalypse has wiped away the only world they have ever known, survive by seeking solace through the other. Their life—hard but their own—is turned upside down when Frida discovers she is pregnant. Unsure of their ability to raise a child in the wilderness, the couple seek out the nearest settlement, finding themselves in a guarded and paranoid community—one that provides ostensible security but has dangers of its own.

In Joanna Rakoff’s My Salinger Year, she recounts the year she spent as an assistant at J.D. Salinger’s literary agency, contemplating her dreams to become a poet. In this love letter to books, youth, and New York, she writes of romance and realism, of learning how to come into her own as well as figuring out who she wants to be and navigating the world on her own terms.


Friday, July 25 at 7pm
Booksmith Staff Talent Show

Join us for our annual Booksmith Staff Talent Show where we show off our talents, literary and otherwise.


Sunday, July 27 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, July 28 at 7pm
Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Travels With Casey

“Does my dog really like me?” Benoit Denizet-Lewis (America Anonymous, American Voyeur) asked himself, starting a journey that would take him through 32 states and last four months as he tested his relationship with his golden Labrador Casey. In this truly charming and enjoyable book, Benoit and Casey meet a bevy of dogs and the people that love them, exploring the powerful bond between humans and canines.


Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
Amy Bloom
Lucky Us

In this sweeping new novel spanning the years,we meet Iris, gorgeous and meant to be a star, and Eva, the quiet sidekick who wants more. As the years pass, the cast of characters grows—Edgar, their unpredictable father, Francisco, always steady and ready to save the girls, and the men and women who Iris and Eva fall in love with. In a story of family, success, and failure, Amy Bloom (Away) has given us a story of fragile yet hardy people that have survived despite love and betrayal.


Thursday, July 31 from 3-5pm
Find Waldo Local Fête

Where’s Waldo? Starting on July 1st at participating Brookline businesses, find him to collect passport stamps and bring them to our Where’s Waldo party on July 31st.  Wear your best Waldo or Wenda costume and be entered to win one of our Waldo prize packages!

Friday, August 1 at 7pm
Noah Levine
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovery

In a much-needed alternative to 12-step programs, renowned Buddhist teacher Noah Levine (Dharma Punx) presents a path to healing addiction and the suffering it causes with the foundational practices of Buddhism: the traditional formulation of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Monday, August 4 at 7pm
Matthew Gilbert
Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park

From The Boston Globe's longtime TV critic comes Off The Leash, a group portrait of dog people. Dragged into the world of dog parks by his stubbornly social Yellow Lab Toby, Gilbert finds himself in Brookline’s Amory Park, a space that becomes a second home, filled with strange, wonderful, neurotic and eccentric dogs and their owners.


Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm
Elizabeth Little
Dear Daughter

What happened the night Janie Jenkins' mother died? The former "It Girl" was convicted of her murder, but after being released on a technicality, investigates the one clue she has about her mother's actual killer. She is led to an isolated South Dakota town and strange mysteries about their past emerge. Tana French (In the Woods) calls this debut "an all-nighter."


Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm
Annie Weatherwax
All We Had

Visual artist Annie Weatherwax joins us with her debut novel that Publisher’s Weekly calls “gritty and convincing”, telling the story of Rita Carmichael and her daughter Ruthie. Their unstable life takes a turn for the better when they are stranded in a small town called Fat River. Rita lands a steady job at the local diner, Tiny’s, and they can finally settle down—until a smooth-talking mortgage broker yanks their stability away.


Thursday, August 7 at 7pm
Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land

The final volume of Grossman's Magicians trilogy is one Erin Morgenstern calls "sumptuous and surprising yet deliciously familiar." Quentin Coldwater, cast out of Fillory and with nothing left to lose, returns to the very beginning: the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. He can't hide forever, and his past rears up to find him. At the same time, Fillory is under attack, with its magical barriers failing and barbarians from the north invading. Fillory's rulers, Eliot and Janet, embark on a final quest to save the world they love. A thriller, a bildungsroman, and an homage to the fantasy genre, Grossman brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.


Saturday, August 9 at 10:30am
Tove Jansson Birthday Party

Join us for an extra-special storytime, all devoted to Moomin creator Tove Jansson. There will be crafts, stories, and more!

Tuesday, August 12 at 7pm
Norman Miller
Boston Beer: A History

Learn about Boston beer history from the Beer Nut himself, Norman Miller. From the planning of the Boston Tea Party over a pint at Green Dragon Tavern to the issuance of the first brewing license in 1630 to today’s burgeoning craft brewing scene, beer has been an integral part of Boston's history.


Thursday, August 14 at 7pm
Nomi Eve
Henna House

Adela’s life in early 20th century Yemen is ruled by the Orphan’s Decree--any unbetrothed Jewish child left orphaned will be adopted by the local Muslim community. Her future looks bleak until relatives arrive from a faraway city, introducing Adela to the powerful rituals of henna tattooing. When her parents die and her future is threatened, Adela flees with her relatives to Aden, where she finds a life she loves--until she is betrayed by the people and customs closest to her heart.  Nomi Eve (The Family Orchard) has written a sweeping novel covering the devastation of the Holocaust to the birth of the State of Israel.

Friday, August 15 at 7pm
BASH Reading Series

Black Ocean Press curates this series with the freshest and finest voices in poetry. This month features Donald Dunbar, Rachel Springer Dunbar, and Andrew Morgan.


Saturday, August 16 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.


Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm
Gail Gutradt
In a Rocket Made of Ice

Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children's Community, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia's rice paddies. This once haunted scrubland became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment, and find a new family. Disarming, funny, deeply moving, these are the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place, and of one woman's transformation in trying to help them.


Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm
Stephanie Feldman
The Angel of Losses

Everything Marjorie thought she knew about her family comes undone when she stumbles upon her late grandfather Eli's mysterious notebook, full of stories about a miracle worker named the White Rebbe and the enigmatic Angel of Losses. Marjorie begins an odyssey that brings her deep into the past, from 18th-century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, to present day New York City and her sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past. Stephanie Feldman’s debut is a mixture of Jewish mythology, family secrets, and the legacy of war and history.


Thursday, August 21 at 7pm
Small Press Book Club

This month, we discuss The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson. Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public, meeting third Thursday of each month at 7pm.


Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm
Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World

This book started with a father and daughter's weekly tradition: Mark spins a globe and wherever Talia’s finger lands is their theme for Friday’s dinner. From Belgium to Ethiopia, each of the 52 menus is a full dinner with appetizer, main course, side dish, dessert and drinks for both kids and adults. Bestselling food writer Mark Kurlansky shares his own recipes, along with historical and cultural facts in this playful, palate-pleasing book.


Thursday, August 28 at 7pm
Daniel J. Levitin
The Organized Mind

We're taking in more information than ever, required to make decisions faster and faster—so how are we supposed to remember where we put our stupid keys? There are some people who (somehow) do this. Neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods and to regain a sense of mastery over the daily challenges of memory and focus.


Sunday, August 31 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.


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