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Thursday April 23rd at 7:00 pm
Thane Rosenbaum
How Sweet It Is!

Set in Miami Beach, Florida in 1972, How Sweet It Is! follows the Posner family--two Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adam--doing everything they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful diversions. In this year, Miami Beach was the site of both the Republican and Democratic political conventions, and saw the rise of the counterculture, the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. Where better to blend in, regain one's sanity, and live their lives? Instead what they discover is that Miami Beach is not a place of camouflage--all that sunshine highlighted the very things they wished to forget, and the abundant sun turned their lives into a Disney World of funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides.
Sunday April 26th at 10:30 am

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

Monday April 27 at 7:00 PM
Belinda Rathbone
The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change & A Daughter’s Search for the Truth

In December, 1969, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began challenging the museum's right to ownership, and experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. While these contests played themselves out on the international stage, the crisis deepened within the museum as its charismatic director, Perry T. Rathbone, faced the most challenging crossroads of his thirty-year career. The full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter Belinda Rathbone.

Tuesday April 28th at 7:00 pm
Michael Downing
The Chapel

Recently widowed, unhappily stuck on a pricey tour of Italy, Elizabeth Berman comes face to face with the first documented painting of a teardrop in human history, and in the presence of that tearful mother, painted by Giotto in the Arena Chapel, she wakes up to the possibility that she is not lost. Itching to leave as soon as she arrives in Padua, Elizabeth's efforts to book a ticket home are stymied. But there are consolations—ancient arcades and Aperol spritzes with her odd-lot of fellow castaways, including a melancholy doctor who claims his name is T. Tracking the hopes and heartaches and hangovers of a woman with a history of disappearing, The Chapel shows us that happiness is as fragile as a fresco by Giotto.
Wednesday April 29 at 7:00 pm
Nicole Aschoff
The New Prophets of Capital

Mythmaking is as central to sustaining our economy as proft-making, particularly as severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation among youth push capitalism against its own contradictions. Enter The New Prophets of Capital. In this moment of crisis, a new generation of wealthy mythmakers, masquerading as progressive thinkers, has emerged to reinvent the free market as the solution to society’s problems. With Oprah rallying the poor to bootstrap their way into the middle class; Sheryl Sandberg calling on women to “lean in” to the unequal demands of a sexist world; and Bill and Melinda Gates offering the generosity of the 1 percent as the solution to a persistent, systemic inequality, the new prophets of capital buttress the exploitative system, even as the cracks grow more visible.
Thursday April 30 From 6-9 pm
Brookline High Poetry Fest
Join us for the annual Brookline High School Poetry Fest, as the budding young Poets of Brookline grace our podium.

Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Her Campus
The Her Campus Guide to College Life: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life

Join Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Windsor Hanger Wester and Annie Wang, the Boston-based founders of as they discuss everything you need to know about college life. This college guide is bursting with insider tips to help you navigate classes, relationships, health and safety, and all your extracurriculars--including parties.


Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00pm
Lee Gant
Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing

In her inspiring book, Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing, master knitter, teacher, and knitwear designer Lee Gant shares real-life stories about the power of knitting. A suicidal teenager crochets through pregnancy. A dying woman finds comfort in the company of knitters. A woman going blind realizes she can still knit — and experience life. The stories Lee shares about herself and fellow knitters from around the world illustrate how each stitch and purl can comfort and calm, heal and renew.


Monday, May 4th at 7:00pm
Robin McLean
Reptile House

Robin McLean's award-winning debut short story collection Reptile House is inhabited by killers and thieves, astronauts, moose hunters and country club ladies, all seeking some way out, some new door to imagined happiness. How far will we go to escape to a better dream? What consequences must we face for hope and fantasy? McLean's stories probe the underbelly of human behavior resulting in stories that are strange, often disturbing and funny, and as full of foolishness and ugliness as they are of the wisdom and beauty all around us.


Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm
Charlotte Gordon
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter,, Mary Wollstonecraft died and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society’s expectations for women came to an end. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with her daughter, Mary Shelley,  the Romantic visionary who gave the world Frankenstein...


Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00pm
Sarah McCoy in conversation with Jenna Blum (Those Who Save Us)
The Mapmaker’s Children

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, hiding her maps within her paintings. Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past. Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to redefine courage, family, love, and legacy.


Thursday, May 7th at 7:00pm
Eleni N. Gage
The Ladies of Managua

When Maria Vazquez returns to Nicaragua for her beloved grandfather's funeral, she brings with her a mysterious package from her grandmother's past--and a secret of her own. And she also carries the burden of her tense relationship with her mother Ninexin. Lushly evocative of Nicaragua, its tumultuous history, and vibrant present, Eleni N. Gage's The Ladies of Managua brings you into the lives of three strong and magnetic women, as they uncover the ramifications of the choices they made in their pasts and begin to understand the ways in which love can shape their futures.


Friday, May 8th at 7:00pm
BASH Poetry Reading Series

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. May’s lineup: Nicole Terez Dutton, Jon Thompson and Bianca Stone.


Monday, May 11th 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. To contact our moderator, email


Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00pm
Eric Bogosian
Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide

In his first work of history, actor and playwright Eric Bogosian tells the story of a small group of self-appointed patriots who set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, Operation Nemesis is both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.


Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00pm
Gregory Howard

When Lucy is little something happens to her brother. He disappears for months and when he returns he’s not the same. He’s not her brother. But what actually happened? Comic, melancholy, haunted, and endlessly inventive, Hospice follows Lucy later in life as she drifts from job to job all the while trying to escape the questions of her past. Replete with the sense that something strange is about to happen at any moment, Hospice blurs the borders between the mundane and miraculous while evoking the intensity of the secret world of childhood.

Thursday, May 14th at 7:00pm
Marja Mills
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the most beloved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. In 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters and a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women.

Friday, May 15th 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


Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm
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, May 17th at 6:00 pm
Mark Z. Danielewski
The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May

The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May is the pilot to a 27-volume story taking us from Los Angeles to Mexico to  Singapore to Texas. It features a wide range of characters including a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, a gang member hired to kill, two scientists on the run in Marfa, a recovering addict in Singapore, a programmer near Silicon Beach. At the very heart of the story is a twelve-year-old girl who one rainy day sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find a different kind of creature, one which will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.


Monday, May 18th at 7:00 pm
Lavinia Borcau
Timeless Woman

Join spa owner and skin care expert Lavinia Borcau of Brookline’s Lavinia Borcau Skin Care and LaVie Organique for her book release party!


Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm
Ace Atkins
in conversation with Hank Phillipi Ryan
Robert B. Parker’s Kickback

Private eye Spenser, Robert B. Parker’s beloved knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in this stellar addition to the iconic New York Times-bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. But Dillon's mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. From the Harbor Islands to a gated Florida community, Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld with links to a shadowy corporation that runs New England's private prisons. Ace Atkins will be appearing in conversation with Hank Phillipi Ryan.


Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 pm
Sara Novic - Girl at War
Jonathan Papernick - The Book of Stone

Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Zagreb, 1991. Ana Jurić is a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia’s capital. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana’s idyllic childhood. New York, 2001. Ana is now a college student in Manhattan. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, Ana returns to Croatia after a decade away, hoping to make peace with the place she once called home. As she faces her ghosts, she must come to terms with her country’s difficult history and the events that interrupted her childhood years before.

The Book of Stone is a searing psychological thriller set in pre-9/11 Brooklyn. Matthew Stone has inherited a troubling legacy: a gangster grandfather and a distant father. After his father’s death, Matthew turns to his father’s beloved books for comfort, perceiving within them guidance that leads him to connect with a group of religious extremists. As Matthew immerses himself in this unfamiliar world, the FBI seeks his assistance to foil the group’s violent plot. Caught between these powerful forces and desperate for redemption, Matthew charts a course of increasing peril—for himself and for everyone around him.


Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 pm
Barney Frank
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, the fourteen-year-old Barney Frank made two vital discoveries about himself: he was attracted to government, and to men. He resolved to make a career out of the first attraction and to keep the second a secret. Now, sixty years later, his sexual orientation is widely accepted, while his belief in government is embattled. Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man's account of the country's transformation--and the tale of a truly momentous career.

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Tickets are $5 each, or free with the purchase of Frank from Brookline Booksmith. To purchase tickets, call 617.566.6660 or visit .The theater portion of the event will be followed by a free signing back at the bookstore.

Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm
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


Friday, May 22nd at 7:00pm
Claire Bidwell Smith
After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

In After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice—what happens after we die? She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone? Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.


Saturday, May 23rd at 5:00pm
Mako Yoshikawa
Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-Four Women Writers Remember Their Father

Every Father's Daughter is a collection of 25 personal essays by women writers writing about their fathers. They come from farms and small towns and big cities, from every geographic region, from deprived and privileged circumstances, and from families of every description. But whether their fathers were present or absent in their formative years, they share a desire to understand one of life's profound relationships.The contributors include Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ann Hood, among others. Brookline Booksmith’s event will feature novelist and Emerson professor Mako Yoshikawa (Once Removed).


Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm
Dorie Clark
Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Ideas and Build a Following Around It

Dorie Clark, branding expert and author of Reinventing You, returns with Stand Out, a guidebook for breaking out with your idea in today’s ever-changing world. She helps you to develop your expert niche, generate brand new research, and branch out to find the network, audience and community. Each of us has ideas that can reshape the world. In Stand Out, Clark reveals how you can leverage them to create a movement of your own.


Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm
Lama Surya Das
Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

In Make Me One with Everything, Lama Surya Das invites us to experience all-inclusive connection through the art of inter-meditation and other original practices that allow us to see through the illusion of separation. "If you've ever felt 'at one' with something-your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song-then you've experienced inter-meditation," explains Lama Surya Das. Based on Tibetan Buddhism's core insights into the inherent essence of who we are, these teachings of shared spirituality offer both new and experienced meditators a better way to live-not just on the meditation cushion or the yoga mat, but in every moment of their lives.


Friday, May 29th at 7:00 PM
Nick Offerman

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

In his bestselling first book and comedic memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sycamore leaves, and embrace good old-fashioned elbow grease. In his new book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman has turned his focus to twenty-one notable personages, past and present, whose lives have inspired him and whose contributions have helped make America the great country it is today.

Tickets to this event are $35 and include a copy of the book, Gumption. Tickets go on sale to the general public 4/3 and can be purchased here at the Wilbur's website.


Saturday, May 30th at 5:00pm
Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted suburban dust. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.


Sunday, May 31st 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, June 2nd at 6:00pm
John Waters

in conversation with James Parker of The Atlantic Magazine
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Travel Literature

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion--and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Tickets for this event are $5 and can be purchased by calling the store at 617.566.6660 or ordering online at

Please note that this event will not be followed by a free signing at Brookline Booksmith. The signing will take place at the theater and is only open to ticket holders.


Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 PM
Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

In the Unlikely Event

Brookline Booksmith is thrilled to bring Judy Blume to the Coolidge Corner Theater for her first adult novel in over 15 years, In the Unlikely Event. When Judy Blume was a teenager a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey within a three month period. “These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” says Blume. “We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.” Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who are continually affected by these events. We see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent’s love, a widower’s hope, and everything in between. Most importantly, In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of readers of all generations.

Tickets for this event are $5 and can be purchased by calling the store at 617.566.6660 or ordering online at


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