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In Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter, Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. Tragic circumstances bring the girls together, and a friendship blossoms. Suddenly their Indian village doesn’t feel quite so claustrophobic - Poornima even begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.

In Mira T. Lee’s Everything Here is Beautiful, two Chinese-American sisters–Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. Lucia impetuously plows ahead, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.

Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again–but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans–but what does it take to break them?

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime! This week features author Jane Sutton, reading her newest book.

Meet award-winning author Peter Brown as he reads from the sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot!

Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings–but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island?

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth George returns with another character-driven crime drama featuring beloved characters Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley.

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This event will take place at the Wilbur Theatre - purchase tickets here!

The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he’s played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir.

A critical care doctor’s breathtaking stories about what it means to be saved by modern medicine. Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.

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This event will take place at The Wilbur Theatre - get tickets here!

When This Is Us first debuted, viewers embraced a show that celebrates human connection and the power of family. The critically acclaimed series is now beloved and viewers overwhelmingly relate to the humor, depth, and vibrancy Chrissy Metz brings to playing Kate Pearson.

This spring, join Chrissy Metz on her This Is Me Tour for an evening of honest conversation about life and its lessons – featuring real advice, tough love, and shared moments of are-you-kidding-me, I-wish-I-was laughter. Chrissy will share the struggles and triumphs of her life, and invites you to join her on a journey not just of self-acceptance, but of embracing the lives we want and deserve.

Join local artists Matt Stirn and Cris Nelson as we celebrate our new Stairwell Gallery show! Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.

Maisie Dobbs - one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction - faces danger and intrigue on the homefront during World War II.

Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood. Updated with her favorite Instagramable, couch-friendly recipes, this much-beloved romp is a treat for anyone in dire need of Irby’s infamously scathing wit and poignant candor.

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s violent death and lasting influence in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination.

Barbosa’s new collection interrogates encounters and the weight of their space, uniquely capturing the nostalgia and self-reflection one distills from relationships lived, lost, and imagined.


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

Discussing Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. 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

Join us for a night of memoir - Orenstein’s, an account of the tragedies she witnessed as a Holocaust survivor, and Skoy’s, a retelling of one Jewish family’s journey from Russia to New England, and the hardships they encounter along the way.

International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert.

Join us for a tea service with the author and photographer of this beautiful new cookbook! Everyday Ayurveda will have you eating your way to increased energy, balanced emotions, and an overall state of calm and relaxation.

The delectable cookbook companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Always Hungry?, with over 175 delicious recipes!


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

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This event will take place at the Wilbur Theatre - purchase tickets here!

Grab your sister (or a friend who is just like one!) for a special event with former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush during their Sisters First Tour. Settle in for an evening of personal stories and universal revelations during this celebration of sisterhood and all of the complicated, messy, hilarious, life-defining moments that accompany it.

Discussing Mean by Myriam Gurba.

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club discusses new books from independent publishers. To contact our moderator, email

Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters, to join her father in France. Now a twenty-five year old punk rock aficionado and storyteller extraordinaire, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves.

When a foreign airliner is forced to make an emergency landing at an Iranian airport, an American businessman is separated from the other passengers and secretly arrested on charges of espionage. Alone and against overwhelming odds, he soon finds himself battling for his life as he attempts to fight his way to freedom and return home.

Luminous and hypnotic, Matthew Dickman’s dynamic collection explores the dark edges of childhood, violence, race, class, and masculinity. Jenny Xie’s award-winning debut takes us far and near, from meditations on immigration and travel to estranging losses and departures.


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!


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

There are some two hundred TV markets in the country, but only one—Boston, Massachusetts—hosted a Golden Age of local programming. In this lively insider account, Terry Ann Knopf chronicles the development of Boston television, from its origins in the 1970s through its decline in the early 1990s.


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

Celebrate the wonders of independent bookstores with us all day long during this national event, and don’t miss our IBD special edition books and gift items!

Join us and two guest authors in our children’s section for a special Indie Bookstore Day storytime! In Don’t Ask a Dinosaur, dinos with stubby arms, long claws and destructive tails must figure out how to bake a cake.


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

Ticketed Event

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre - purchase tickets HERE!

King of satire Christopher Moore returns this April with NOIR–a madcap adventure set in San Francisco, Summer of 1957. A dame walks into a saloon…

Shahriar will appear in conversation with publisher Ilan Stavans and translator Sara Khalili.

From “one of Iran’s most important living fiction writers” (The Guardian) comes a fantastically imaginative story of love and war narrated by two angel scribes perched on the shoulders of a shell-shocked Iranian soldier who’s searching for the mysterious woman haunting his dreams.

When Winter Halperin gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her. Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

Ticketed Event

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre - get tickets HERE!

H. Jon Benjamin–the lead voice behind Archer and Bob’s Burgers–helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. 

Ticketed Event

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre - get tickets HERE!

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

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People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:

Imagine there’s no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.

The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they’ve shirked theirs.

A smile is your best bulletproof vest.

When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

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