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Upcoming Events

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Join us in our children’s section for a special Passover storytime! Free and open to all ages.

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Join local artists Sasha Parfenova and Melissa Rocklen as we celebrate our new Stairwell Gallery show! Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.  

In her thrilling new novel, New York Times-bestselling author Lisa See explores themes of family, culture, and distance through the story of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple.

Brimming with intelligence and personality, Kory Stamper’s debut is a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made—a must read for word mavens everywhere.

Local teens showcase their literary talents! Join Brookline’s up-and-coming poets for a night of the spoken word.

Join us for an ALL-NIGHT public reading (or drop by anytime throughout) of It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis’s 1930s satire of America ruled by a dictator. We’re partnering with Aforementioned Productions and dozens of guest readers to bring this political classic to life.

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime! This week we’re reading about Larry, a pup who loses his way in the best city ever.

Set at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world’s female buccaneers, Pirate Women tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside—and sometimes in command of—their male counterparts.

Three individuals―a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperor of the Interdependency―must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

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The famed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is here to discuss Reading Without Walls–a new challenge for young readers designed to test their limits and expand their horizons. Buy tickets in-store or at brooklinebooksmith.com/events. This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. 

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A triple threat event featuring the work of three brilliant women -

Q. M. Zhang is the author of Accomplice to Memory, a work which mixes memoir, fiction, and historical documentary to untangle the mystery of her father’s exodus from China – a mystery obscured both by generation and his growing dementia.

Gish Jen is the author of seven books, the newest of which, The Girl at the Baggage Claim, is a study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what those differences mean for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.

Celeste Ng is The New York Times best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You.

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime!

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets at 7:30pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com

This month, we’ll be discussing The Translatorby Leila Aboulela.

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Join our middle grade book club on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm to discuss a great book! No sign-up needed. Ask a kids’ bookseller about this month’s pick or email alex@brooklinebooksmith.com for more information.

From the bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, a provocative new novel about a wife’s seemingly blind love for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary–perhaps foolish–loyalty during his precipitous fall.

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When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice about making a living as a creative person to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral. Now we all can enjoy his sly wisdom that reminds us to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage outdated critics. Buy tickets in-store or at our eventbrite. This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  This event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet.

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The theme of the evening is virgins and saints–from the mysterious death of a Massachusetts girl being considered for sainthood, to the (Printz Honor-winning) miracles of 13th century teenage noblewoman Dolssa, to the apparent immaculate pregnancy of an otherwise normal girl named Quinn. Come contemplate the mysteries.

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime!

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club discusses new books from independent publishers. Free and open to the public. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com. This month we will be discussing Bright Air Black by David Vann. For more information, visit our Small Press Twitter. 

Thirty years after a brutal murder, psychologist Dustin’s brother is out of prison. Meanwhile, one of his patients opens up about a string of drownings. Dustin dismisses talk of a serial killer at first. Dan Chaon explores two sensational unsolved crimes, both linked by one man’s memory and self-deception.

Told through Freiberg’s unique lens of a social psychologist turned lawyer, Four Seasons of Loneliness explores the loss of connections fundamental to our survival, and the ways we seek to regain the bonds that sustain us.

Centering around six “tough-minded” female thinkers, this study of gender, philosophy, and emotionality offers new ways to approach both the spectacle and day-to-day weariness of suffering.

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Join us for a night of new fiction, nonfiction and poetry from the MFA candidates of Boston University, Emerson College, and UMass Boston. Free and open for all to attend For more information, visit Breakwater's wordpress.

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime!

Revolution! Conflict! Gluttony! The gloriously illustrated history of food, including mythical origin stories, unusual recipes and more!

Bad science doesn’t just hold back medical progress, it can sign the equivalent of a death sentence. In Rigor Mortis, award-winning science journalist Richard F. Harris reveals these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with the nation’s top biomedical researchers.

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, she begins to question everything she knows about her life. Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, and finding one’s way–from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.

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Celebrate the wonders of independent bookstores with us during this national event! Treats, scavenger hunts and prizes abound–and come check out our IBD special editions and gift items (before we buy them all ourselves).

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime!

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