Canceled - Virtual Event: Grady Hendrix

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Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings, they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family, as they are to talk about their own.

One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.

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Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Paperbacks from Hell, and We Sold Our Souls, all of which received critical praise from outlets including NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, Paste, Buzzfeed, and more. He has contributed to Playboy, The Village Voice, and Variety.

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Virtual Event: Jonathan E. Jacobs

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Join us for an all-ages virtual storytime! Author Jonathan E. Jacobs shares his picture book The Secret Rhino Society.

Hudson the hippo, Fran the earthworm and Jean the lightbulb have something in common: they LOVE rhinos! But will the first rhino they really meet be anything like they expect? Funny and original, with unique illustrations, this book will give young readers something to think about.

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Virtual Event: Ainissa Ramirez

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In the bestselling tradition of Stuff Matters and The Disappearing Spoon, The Alchemy of Us is a clever and engaging look at materials, the innovations they made possible, and how these technologies changed us.

Ainissa Ramirez is a materials scientist and sought-after public speaker and science communicator. A Brown and Stanford graduate, she has worked as a research scientist at Bell Labs and held academic positions at Yale University and MIT. She has written for Time, Scientific American, the American Scientist, and Forbes, and makes regular appearances on PBS’s SciTech Now. She also hosts a podcast called Science Underground.

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Virtual Event: Adania Shibli in conversation with Madeleine Thien

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“The most talked about writer on the West Bank.”Ahdaf Soueif

Adania Shibli joins us to discuss her latest novel, Minor Detail.

A searing, beautiful novel meditating on war, violence, memory, and the sufferings of the Palestinian people. Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba—the catastrophe that led to the displacement and exile of some 700,000 people—and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers murder an encampment of Bedouin in the Negev desert, and among their victims they capture a Palestinian teenager and they rape her, kill her, and bury her in the sand.

Many years later, in the near-present day, a young woman in Ramallah tries to uncover some of the details surrounding this particular rape and murder, and becomes fascinated to the point of obsession, not only because of the nature of the crime, but because it was committed exactly twenty-five years to the day before she was born. Adania Shibli masterfully overlays these two translucent narratives of exactly the same length to evoke a present forever haunted by the past.

Translated from Arabic to English by Elisabeth Jaquette.

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974, holds a PhD from the University of East London, and has published three novels in Arabic. She splits her time between Berlin and Jerusalem.

Moderator Madeleine Thien is the author of four books. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize; and won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and long-listed for a Carnegie Medal. She lives in Montreal and New York, and is a Professor of English at Brooklyn College CUNY.

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Virtual Event: Ace Atkins in conversation with Bill Barke

This event was previously scheduled for April 28.

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Brookline Booksmith is proud to sponsor Raising a Reader Massachusetts’s “LIVE! with an Author” series. This week’s offering features mystery and thriller writer Ace Atkins in conversation with Bill Barke.

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In The Revelators, Sheriff Quinn Colson was shot up and left for dead, and he has revenge on his mind. With the help of his new wife Maggie, rehabilitation, and sheer force of will, he’s walking again, eager to resume his work as a southern lawman and track down those responsible for his attempted murder. But someone is standing in his way: an interim sheriff, appointed by the newly elected Governor Vardaman, the man who Quinn knows ordered his murder. Vardaman sits at the top of the state’s power structure–both legal and criminal–and little does he know, Quinn is still working to take him down.

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Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-five books, including nine Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he has a third Edgar nomination for his short story “Last Fair Deal Gone Down.” He is the author of eight New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and he played defensive end for Auburn University football.

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Virtual Event: Anne Raeff in conversation with Michelle Hoover

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Fleeing the ravages of wartime Vienna, Pepa and her family find safe harbor in the small town of El Castillo, on the banks of the San Juan River in Nicaragua. There her parents seek to eradicate yellow fever while Pepa falls under the spell of the jungle and the town’s eccentric inhabitants. But Pepa’s life―including her relationship with local boy Guillermo―comes to a halt when her family abruptly moves to New York, leaving the young girl disoriented and heartbroken.

Through many generations and several wars, Only the River explores the way displacement both destroys two families and creates new ones, sparking a revolution that changes their lives in the most unexpected ways.

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Anne Raeff’s short story collection, The Jungle Around Us, won the 2015 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for the California Book Award, and was named one of the 100 Best Books of 2016 by San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel Winter Kept Us Warm was awarded the California Book Award’s Silver Medal in Fiction, was a finalist for the Simpson Literary Prize, and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica, among other places. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Lori, Juztice, and their two cats.

Michelle Hoover leads the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program and is the coordinator for the 20th Anniversary Massachusetts Book Awards. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read” and a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection and a 2016 Mass Book “Must Read.” She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.

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Virtual Event - Art and Science and the Coronavirus: Poet Mar Ka and Chief Data Scientist of Boston Matt Smith in Conversation

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Join us for an evening with poet Mar Ka and Boston Chief Data Scientist Matt Smith. The mother and son pair will discuss the Covid-19 epidemic through the lenses of scientific analysis & art, and the event will include a reading of Mar Ka’s poems.

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Mar Ka is the author of Be-hooved—Poems (University of Alaska Press Literary Series, 2019), recently named a Montaigne Medal finalist for “thought-provoking” work. Once an indigenous rights attorney, she holds a JD from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the recipient of an NEH grant and an Alaska Humanities Forum grant and the Midnight Sun Poetry Prize. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have been published nationally and internationally. Her new collection is tentatively titled Love in the Time of Coronavirus.

Matthew NK Smith is the Principal Data Scientist at the City of Boston where he founded the City’s Ethical Data Working Group. He holds a PhD in particle physics from Colombia University for his research at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, an MSci from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and a BS from Yale. As a data scientist he draws on that research science background to inform and drive policy at the City. He teaches regularly at Northeastern, and this summer is offering a course on “Visualization and Communication with Data” at Harvard University’s Summer School.

This event is free but you are welcome to pay your way in, in support of Brookline Booksmith and our future events. You can support the author by purchasing a copy of _Be-hooved _from us right here!

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Virtual Event: Kara LaReau

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Join us for an all-ages virtual storytime! Author Kara LaReau shares her picture book Baby Clown.

When Frieda and Boffo Clown have a baby, everyone in the circus is over the moon. But there is just one problem: Baby Clown won’t stop crying! Kara LaReau deftly juggles wit and warmth in this hilarious nod to parental persistence, while Matthew Cordell’s big-top-bright illustrations bring Baby Clown and his circus family to humorously frazzled life.

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Virtual Event: Epic Reads presents Epic Pride!

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Brookline Booksmith partners with Epic Reads and three other wonderful independent bookstores to present EPIC PRIDE!

Four incredible authors. One incredible moderator (also an author). One amazing event, celebrating LGBTQ+ authors and books.

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Tobly McSmith is the author of Stay Gold, a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him.

Andrew Eliopulos is the author of The Fascinators, a magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.

Dean Atta is the author of The Black Flamingo, a Stonewall Book Award Winner and fierce coming-of-age verse novel about identity and the power of drag, written by an acclaimed UK poet and performer.

Ciara Smyth is the author of The Falling in Love Montage, a hilarious and heartfelt lesbian rom-com in which two girls embark on a summer of montage-worthy dates (with a few strings attached).

This event will be moderated by Sam Maggs, whose TWO new books you can preorder now. Check out _Con Quest! _and Unstoppable Wasp at the links!

Attendees will have a chance to win a gift card to one of the bookstores sponsoring the event, including Hicklebees Children’s Books, Blue Willow Bookshop, Politics & Prose Bookstore, and us, Brookline Booksmith!

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Virtual Event: Marianne Leone in conversation with Christopher Castellani

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Brookline Booksmith is proud to sponsor Raising a Reader Massachusetts’s “LIVE! with an Author” series.

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living, Solstice, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. She is the author of two memoirs, Jesse and Ma Speaks Up. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has also appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese.

Christopher Castellani is the acclaimed author of the book of essays The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, and the novels A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, All This Talk of Love, and Leading Men. He is also artistic director of Grub Street.

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Virtual Event: Reimagining the American West with C Pam Zhang and Rishi Reddi

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Join us for an evening of reading and conversation between novelists C Pam Zhang and Rishi Reddi as they explore the lost stories of the American West.

Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it’s about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home.

1914: Ram Singh arrives in the Imperial Valley on the Mexican border, reluctantly accepting his friend Karak’s offer of work and partnership in a small cantaloupe farm. Ram is unmoored; fleeing violence in Oregon, he desperately longs to return to his wife and newborn son in Punjab—but he is duty bound to make his fortune first. A sweeping, vibrant first novel following a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, Passage West reveals a little-known part of California history.

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold, has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still looking for home. She’s been awarded support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words and elsewhere, and currently lives in San Francisco.

Rishi Reddi, author of Passage West, is also the author of the collection Karma and Other Stories, which received the 2008 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for fiction. Her work appears in Best American Short Stories, has been broadcast on National Public Radio, and was chosen for honorable mention in the Pushcart Prize. She was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Great Britain and the United States. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

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WGBH Virtual Book Club: Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong. And in this cat-and-mouse game, the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

Hank Phillippi Ryan has won five Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards for her bestselling mystery novels. As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. Along with her 34 Emmys and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank has received dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, she lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of Trust Me and the Jane Ryland series.

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Open Door Sessions: Kate DiCamillo and Jason Reynolds

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National Ambassadors for Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux) and Jason Reynolds (Look Both Ways) take the stage for our third Open Door Sessions event. We are thrilled to welcome two of the most skilled, compelling, and beloved children’s authors in the United States back to Brookline, and far beyond. This event welcomes attendees of all ages.

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Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis. She is the author of many books, including the Mercy Watson series, Raymie Nightingale, and Flora & Ulysses.

Jason Reynolds is a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His books include Long Way Down, the Track series, and Stamped, with Ibram X. Kendi.

This event is in partnership with the National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature.

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Virtual Event: Susan Solomont

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Susan’s memoir, Lost and Found In Spain: Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife, focuses on her 2008 to 2012 post at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where her husband, Alan Solomont, served as Ambassador under an appointment by President Barack Obama. In Stella the Ambassadog, Stella Blu the cockapoo is on her way across the ocean to a city called Madrid. Stella’s father (a human) is the new U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Stella is going to serve as the Ambassadog. She will make her new home at the U.S. Embassy and represent the United States all across Spain, from parades and palaces to parks and parties.

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Susan Lewis Solomont has more than thirty years of experience providing strategic philanthropic counsel to private foundations. She frequently speaks with organizations and groups on topics such as women in business, diplomatic life abroad, travel, and philanthropy. In 2013, she was named International Woman of the Year by FEDEPE, the leading organization for female executives and directors in Spain. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in education from Tufts University. She has two daughters, Becca and Stephanie, and a cockapoo named Stella Blu.
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Virtual Event: E.B. Goodale

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In this lush and playful picture book from E. B. Goodale, illustrator of Windows, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence—until she finds herself making room for her family in her new home … Under the Lilacs is the perfect celebration of striking out on your own—while still making room for everyone.

E. B. Goodale is an author, illustrator, and designer. Her first picture book _Windows, _written by Julia Denos, received an Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor, and was an ALSC Notable Book. She has since illustrated a handful of other picture books, and her author/illustrator debut, Under the Lilacs, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2020. She creates from her home in Massachusetts where she lives with her family and a black cat named Green.

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Virtual Event: Dr. Ron Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson

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In The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children, Harvard economist Ronald Ferguson and journalist Tatsha Robertson reveal an intriguing blueprint for helping children from all types of backgrounds become successful adults. This book unveils how parenting helped shape some of the most fascinating people you will ever encounter, by doing things that almost any parent can do. You don’t have to be wealthy or influential to ensure your child reaches their greatest potential. What you do need is commitment–and the strategies outlined in this book.

The Formula reveals strategies on how you–regardless of race, class, or background–can help your children become the best they can be and shows ways to maximize their chances for happy and purposeful lives.

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Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, joined the faculty at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1983 and has spent his entire career there using teaching, research and writing to increase the flow of knowledge between the university and the world. An MIT-trained economist who focuses social science research on economic, social, and educational challenges, he co-founded Tripod Education Partners in 2014 and shifted into an adjunct role at the University, where he remains a fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and faculty director of the university-wide Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI).

Tatsha Robertson, MA, is an award-winning editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience handling investigative, feature, and news stories for leading magazines and newspapers. She was the first female New York City Bureau Chief and National Rover for the Boston Globe. Her work as editor of Essence magazine, including her interview on parenting with President Obama, earned the magazine its current status as a significant voice on news and political coverage. She’s won numerous awards for her journalism and is an an adjunct instructor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She began studying how parents raise successful children some ten years ago.

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Virtual Event: Tricia Elam Walker and April Harrison

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It is Grandparents Day at Zura’s elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. Aleja’s grandfather is a fisherman. Bisou’s grandmother is a dentist. But Zura’s Nana, who is her favorite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Akua was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face. Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana–or worse, make fun of her–Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. Nana Akua knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura’s classmates feel special, too.

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Tricia Elam Walker is the author of the novel Breathing Room, among other publications. She is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer, cultural and fashion commentator, and blogger who has written for National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Essence magazine, HuffPost, and more. She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC, and Boston. Tricia is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Howard University and is working on several projects, including children’s books, plays, and a second novel.

April Harrison, a renowned folk artist, is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator of Patricia C. McKissack’s final picture book, What Is Given from the Heart, which received four starred reviews and which the New York Times Book Review called an “exquisite story of generosity.” Her work appears in the public collections of Vanderbilt University, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, the Atlanta Housing Authority, and the Erskine University Museum and in many private collections.

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Virtual Event: Rory Power

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Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Rory Power grew up in Boston, received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Massachusetts. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls.

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Joseph Nevins, Suren Moodliar and Eleni Macrakis

A People’s Guide to Greater Boston reveals the region’s richness and vibrancy in ways that are neglected by traditional area guidebooks and obscured by many tourist destinations. Affirming the hopes, interests, and struggles of individuals and groups on the receiving end of unjust forms of power, the book showcases the ground-level forces shaping the city. Uncovering stories and places central to people’s lives over centuries, this guide takes readers to sites of oppression, resistance, organizing, and transformation in Boston and outlying neighborhoods—from Lawrence, Lowell, and Lynn to Concord and Plymouth.  »

Joseph Nevins was born and raised in the Dorchester section of Boston and is Professor of Geography at Vassar College. His books include A Not-so-distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor; Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid; and Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War on “Illegals” and the Remaking of the US-Mexico Boundary.

Suren Moodliar, a resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, is both coordinator of encuentro5, a movement building space in Downtown Boston, and editor of the journal Socialism and Democracy. He coedited Noam Chomsky’s Internationalism or Extinction (2020). He completed an MA in Political Science and African Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eleni Macrakis grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now works in the field of affordable housing development in the Greater Boston area. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University.

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Virtual Event: Asako Serizawa

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Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations across colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. A retired doctor is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions. An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a fifty-year old murder and its shattering aftermath. And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents’ wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice more daunting than any he imagined.

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Serizawa’s characters walk the line between the devastating realities of war and the banal needs of everyday life as they struggle to reconcile their experiences with the changing world. A breathtaking meditation on suppressed histories and the relationship between history, memory, and storytelling, Inheritors stands in the company of Lisa Ko, Viet Thanhn Nguyen and Min Jin Lee.

Asako Serizawa was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. A graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, she has received two O. Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A recent fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she currently lives in Boston. Inheritors is her first book.

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Richard Farrell

Tragedy strikes during a cross-country flight when sudden turbulence causes the jet to come apart in midair. The odds of anyone surviving are nearly impossible. Charlie Radford, a young National Transportation Safety Board investigator, is part of the team sent to determine what caused the crash. When he hears a rumor of a survivor, he assumes it is a hoax. As word of this “miracle” reaches the media and Congress, Radford is forced to track down “the falling woman,” said to have been found in a barn still strapped to her seat.  »

A riveting novel that ultimately asks compelling questions about the value of privacy, our responsibilities to our loved ones, and our right to control our own narrative, Richard Farrell’s debut is perfectly framed to become a favorite for book clubs and for all readers who relish a profound, page-turning story with heart.

Richard Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former pilot who holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, upstreet, New Plains Review, Potomac Review, Descant, and elsewhere. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, he teaches creative writing at Grossmont College in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Virtual Event: In Their Voices: Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories. An Evening with Nicole Chung and Jenny Heijun Wills in Conversation with Mee-ok

The Transnational Literature Series welcomes Korean adoptees to discuss identity, belonging, adoption—and writing their stories.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

Nicole Chung was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in the Washington, DC area. Her nationally bestselling debut memoir All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR, TIME, Newsday, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and Chicago Public Library, among many others. She is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine, co-editor of the immigration anthology A Map Is Only One Story, and the former managing editor of The Toast. Her next book is forthcoming from Ecco Books/HarperCollins.

In her beautiful and haunting memoir of kinship and culture rediscovered, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related Jenny Heijun Wills recounts the story of reconnecting with her first family in Korea while living at a guesthouse for transnational adoptees. Delving into gender, class, racial, and ethnic complexities, as well as into the complex relationships between Korean women—sisters, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren, aunts and nieces—Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child’s removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness.

Jenny Heijun Wills is the author of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related: A Memoir, which has received much acclaim, including being one of the Globe & Mail’s top 100 books of 2019, one of the Winnipeg Free Press’s 10 best books of the last decade, and winning the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust award for Non-Fiction in 2019 and the 2020 Best First Book by the Manitoba Book Awards. She has lived, studied, and worked in Montreal, Boston, Toronto, and Seoul. She teaches in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg.

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Mee-ok is the winner of the Construction Literary Magazine Contest for Nonfiction and was selected as a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. She has also been featured in the LA Times, Boston Globe Magazine, and Michael Pollan’s anthology for Medium, where her piece was named Editor’s Pick, with more forthcoming in the American Journal of Poetry and Korean Quarterly. She will also be a Voices of Color Fellow at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and has been a visiting lecturer and Writer in Residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright estate, Taliesin.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

We all have our reasons for being who we are—but what if being someone else could get you what you want?

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know is she isn’t the only one plotting her revenge.

An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

Hank Phillippi Ryan has won five Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award for her bestselling mystery novels. As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. Along with her 36 Emmys and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank has received dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, she lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of Trust Me, and the Jane Ryland series (The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl, Truth be Told, Say No More and What You See).

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Janella Angeles

This event was originally scheduled for 6/2.

A star showgirl must win a magician’s competition riddled with danger in order to secure her freedom, even as a handsome magician distracts her heart, in this lush, unforgettable debut fantasy.

Janella Angeles is a Filipino-American writer who works in children’s publishing by day while penning novels by night. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, but found the most valuable way of learning to write was in creating glorious Harry Potter fanfiction and reading obscene amounts of books. She currently resides in Massachusetts, most likely to be found reading and writing like she’s running out of time. Where Dreams Descend is her first book.

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Independent Bookstore Day!

Come join us for Brookline Booksmith’s celebration of the 7th annual Independent Bookstore Day! Details to follow.

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Amanda Foody

Return to the City of Sin, where the perilous final game is about to begin…The players? Twenty-two of the most powerful, most notorious people in New Reynes.

With no choice but to play, Enne and Levi are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But any misstep could turn deadly when a far more dangerous opponent appears on the board – one plucked straight from the city’s most gruesome legends. While Levi hides behind a mask of false promises, Enne is finally forced out from behind hers and as the game takes its final, vicious turn, these two must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies. Because in a game for survival, there are no winners…there are only monsters.

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean. Her books include Daughter of the Burning City, Ace of Shades and King of Fools. The next installment of The Shadow Game series, Queen of Volts, releases on September 1, 2020, and her middle grade debut, Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice, hits shelves Spring 2021.

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Lara Ehrlich

The fifteen stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A proofreader cultivates a cage-fighting alter ego. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den. Animal Wife was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood.

Lara Ehrlich’s writing appears in StoryQuarterly, F®iction, Hunger Mountain, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere, and she has received scholarship support from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, the Midwest Writers Workshop, and the Garret on the Green. Lara has attended the Bread Loaf and Tin House writers’ conferences, and she is the recipient of an IHAF In-House Creativity Award and numerous Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards for her feature writing. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Boston University, and she lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Visit her website at laraehrlich.com.

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