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Also known as skylarkeleven, Skylar Kergil is a youtuber, transgender activist, artist, and writer living in Boston, who has publicly documented his transition and life as a trans man since 2009.

in conversation with Daniel Gilbert

The structure of successful modern marriages is revealed in this inspiring and useful new work on one of the most important relationships a human being can have.

The author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe discusses his newest YA novel: a story of found family, family loss, and one teenage boy uncovering the mysteries of how he works and who he is.

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime! This week’s special Sukkot storytime features author Laya Steinberg reading her newest book.

In conversation with Matthew Gilbert.

The Dogist: Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. And with their sweet faces, soft bellies, and oversized paws, the puppies in The Dogist: Puppies make this book even more irresistible than Friedman’s first one. Dogs and puppies are welcome to attend; for every copy of The Dogist: Puppies purchased, your four-legged friend will be entered to win an appearance on Elias’s site!

Co-sponsored by MSPCA-Angell Boston.

In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, renowned artist-adapter Gareth Hinds translates Poe’s dark genius into haunting graphic novel format. Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, brings us a dazzling new collection of expansive, innovative short stories.

Local YA authors take on the fantastic and the strange in this panel event. Come discover a fairy tale of soul eaters, a curse on sisters who magically manipulate beauty, a girl who remains silent in a world where every word is copyrighted and paid for, and two teens who fake romance for the entertainment of aliens who have invaded Earth.

In conversation with Rachel Klein.

Sonny, a lonely, restless teenager from the wrong side of town, thinks he may have found love in the form of Vera, an older woman from the wealthy neighborhood of Montpelier Parade. Still, she seems strangely unknowable, and his daydreams are carrying him further and further from his real life…

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!

Breakwater Reading Series Blog


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

The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Ticketed Event


This event will be held at Congregation Kehillath Israel (384 Harvard St., Brookline).

The thrilling sequel to Youtube superstar Joey Graceffa’s New York Times #1 bestseller Children of Eden.

Two girls, one destiny.

Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another…until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark.

Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death…or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after her mother was killed by the government, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a fearless hero named Lachlan. But when she was captured by the government, her fate was uncertain.

When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically—and that Eden may never be the same.

Hechinger embarks on a deep investigation of SAE and general fraternity culture, exposing the vast gulf between its founding ideals and the realities of its impact, on colleges and in the world at large.

From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt comes The Perfect Score, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score—both on the test and in life—is perhaps not so perfect after all.

Ticketed Event

Tickets are FREE BUT REQUIRED–register here! This event will take place at the Brookline Village branch of the Public Library of Brookline (361 Washington St., Brookline).

Brookline Booksmith and the Public Library of Brookline are proud hosts of the Fall 2017 Fierce Reads Tour! Join us at the library for a night of fantastic YA fiction from four amazing authors. This year’s tour features:

Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie–A Fierce Reads vet makes her triumphant return with a book about high school that will make you riot!

Anna-Marie McLemore, author of Wild Beauty–The Nomeolvides women have always tended the magical gardens of La Pradera, and their lovers have always disappeared–until now.

Mitali Perkins, author of You Bring the Distant Near–One family, three generations of Bengali women who search the world for their spark.

Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving–Closeted Flynn’s girlfriend is missing, and uncovering the secret of her disappearance might uncover his secret as well.

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Palestine Festival of Literature, This Is Not a Border is a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world’s most distinguished artists, responding to their experiences at this unique festival. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, their gathered work is a testament to the power of literature to promote solidarity and hope in the most desperate of situations.

Contributors Teju Cole and Ru Freeman will be in conversation with Tom Hallock, Associate Publisher of Beacon Press, and Khury Petersen-Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Global Humanities at Tufts University.

Ticketed Event

This reading is currently SOLD OUT, but you can join the ticket waitlist here.

This event will be held at the Coolidge Corner Public Library (31 Pleasant St., Brookline).

Actor and New York Times-bestselling author Alan Cumming and artist Grant Shaffer imagine what their dogs do when they’re not around—and it’s no surprise that the dogs aspire to lead lives as action-packed and glamorous as their dads’!


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

Discussing Swing Time by Zadie Smith.

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets downstairs at 7:30pm. To contact our moderator, email

Perhaps best known for her beloved Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Boston Public Garden, artist Nancy Schön’s new book tells the story of some of her major projects, including her iconic ducks.

Ticketed Event

Tickets for this event will go on sale at this link on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00pm. This event will take place in the Used Book Cellar.

Mead-brewer, box fort-builder, and New York Times #1-bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss is coming to town! Rothfuss’s novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Now, on the 10th anniversary of its debut, a deluxe new edition of his stunning novel The Name of the Wind with bonus content, including an original cover by Sam Weber; never-before-seen illustrations by Dan Dos Santos; a detailed and updated world map by Nate Taylor; new foreword from the author; and much more!

Ticketed Event


They live in shadows—deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. Come meet the man behind the hit podcast Lore and this new collection of spine-chilling true tales dredged from human history.

The remarkable true story of acclaimed opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two double lung transplants and went from struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world.

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

In this riveting debut novel, Sarah Schmidt recasts the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case as an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

Ticketed Event

Discussing Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg. This meeting will take place in the Booksmith Buyers’ Office.

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club will meet in the Brookline Booksmith Buyers’ Office to discuss a book from an independent publisher. To contact our moderator, email

Betty Robinson was a rural high school student when a track race made her an international star. At the top of her game, a plane crash cut short her career and her life–or did it? So dire was Betty’s condition that she was taken to a morgue, where the undertaker found she was still breathing. Roseanne Montillo brings us the irresistible true story of women who came back from disaster to break barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic gold.

From the author of the bestselling The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Aviva Grossman was a young political hopeful until the decision to blog about an affair with her boss drove her into the shadows. Years later, Aviva is asked to run for office - but can she outrun her reputation?


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!

Breakwater authors link.

This event will be held at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library (31 Pleasant St., Brookline).

Walking his dog at dusk, one boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in this lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home.


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

Ticketed Event


This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill (The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box) is back with this collection of four ingeniously wrought gems of terror.

Drawing on celebrated thinkers like Aristotle, Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as Setiya’s own experience, Midlife offers philosophical wisdom and practical advice for overcoming the trials of middle age.

Ticketed Event


Written with Deb’s trademark humor and gorgeously illustrated with her own photographs, Smitten Kitchen Every Day is filled with what are sure to be your most beloved recipes.

New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman teams up with composer Anthony Brandt in this powerful, wide-ranging exploration of human creativity. Together, they incisively explore how individuals, organizations, and educational institutions can benefit from fostering creativity, while celebrating humanity’s unique ability to remake the world.

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled - taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Bound by fate, a fugitive mage and brilliant heiress stand together as war looms on the horizon.


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


Summer Ink


At Summer Ink, campers explore Boston and engage in activities like rock climbing, fencing, circus arts, and sports – all to develop their writing. Come hear these middle and high school students from Greater Boston and beyond read from their work. Their powerful words will transport you!

In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

Ticketed Event

Buy tickets HERE. This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Although his career as a bestselling author and correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.

Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.

Each ticket includes admission to John Hodgman’s event and 1 copy of Vacationland. Tickets available online and in-store.

Ticketed Event

Tickets for this event are available in-store and online HERE. This event will take place at the Brookline Booksmith.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna Kerrigan and Dexter Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.

Ticketed Event

Get tickets HERE. This event will take place at the Brookline Village branch of the Brookline Public Library (361 Washington St., Brookline).

Brookline Booksmith and the Public Library of Brookline are excited to present Marissa Meyer! Join us and Causeplay New England to celebrate the book birthday of Renegades, the first book in a brand new YA superhero series.

Ticketed Event

Buy tickets HERE. This event will take place at the Wilbur Theatre.

From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense.

Ticketed Event

This event will take place at Temple Israel of Boston (477 Longwood Ave.) in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Tickets available HERE.

Pulitzer prize finalist, best-selling short story writer, and New Yorker writer Nathan Englander discusses his new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth – the story of Prisoner Z, an American Jewish boy who winds up a Mossad spy and later, a traitor to his adoptive country. It is a powerful, suspenseful dramatization of the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Dessert reception and book signing to follow.

Ticketed Event

Tickets available HERE. Each ticket includes a copy of Dan’s new book, What Unites Us. This event will take place at Berklee Performance Center.

As a reporter and anchor for CBS news, venerated journalist Dan Rather interviewed every living President since Eisenhower and was on the ground for every major event, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Watergate to 9/11. Now, at a moment of crisis over our national identity, he’s been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in. Hear Rather live in conversation on what our core ideals have been, what they should be, and what it means to be an American.

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