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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.

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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 with special guest reader, Ricardo Cortes! 

A shark, swimming the seas, encounters…Aliens.

Will anyone believe it is true?

Sea Creatures from the Sky is a gorgeously illustrated children’s picture book from the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. Cortes’ stunning seascapes follow the adventures of a shark that has a story to share about creatures who live above the ocean. Our shark encounters strange-looking creatures who resemble nice, caring marine biologists. But after they release it back into the ocean, the shark cannot find one friend to believe its tale. Filled with humor and warmth, Sea Creatures from the Sky will charm children and parents alike.

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 Mandanipour will appear in conversation with his translator Sara Khalili and Restless Books publisher Ilan Stavans as part of the Transnational Literature Series. For more information, please contact series curator Shuchi Saraswat at shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Shahriar Mandanipour is one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature, the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 essays in literary theory, literature and art criticism, creative writing, censorship, and social commentary. His work was censored in Iran from 1992 to 1997, and in 2006 he moved to the United States 

About Moon Brow
Before he enlisted as a soldier in the Iran–Iraq war and disappeared, Amir Yamini was a carefree playboy whose only concerns were seducing women and riling his religious family. Five years later, his mother and sister Reyhaneh find him in a mental hospital for shell-shocked soldiers, his left arm and most of his memory lost. Amir is haunted by the vision of a mysterious woman whose face he cannot see—the crescent moon on her forehead shines too brightly. He names her Moon Brow.

Back home in Tehran, the prodigal son is both hailed as a living martyr to the cause of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Revolution and confined as a dangerous madman. His sense of humor, if not his sanity, intact, Amir cajoles Reyhaneh into helping him escape the garden walls to search for Moon Brow. Piecing together the puzzle of his past, Amir decides there’s only one solution: he must return to the battlefield and find the remains of his severed arm—and discover its secret.

All the while, two angels sit on our hero’s shoulders and inscribe the story in enthrallingly distinctive prose. Wildly inventive and radically empathetic, steeped in Persian folklore and contemporary Middle East history, Moon Brow is the great Iranian novelist Shahriar Mandanipour’s unforgettable epic of love, war, morality, faith, and family.

In conversation with Amy Cuddy. 

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?

A dazzling collection of short stories from the New York Times bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, and Eligible.

Ticketed Event

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

In conversation with Eugene Mirman.

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. 

Luljeta Lleshanaku will appear in conversation with her translator, Ani Gjika, as part of the Transnational Literature Series. For more information, please contact series curator Shuchi Saraswat at shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Luljeta Lleshanaku was born in Elbasan, Albania. She grew up under house arrest during Enver Hoxha’s Stalinist regime. Lleshanaku has worked as a lecturer, literary magazine editor, journalist, and screenwriter, and is currently the research director at Tirana’s Institute of Studies of Communist Genocide. She is the author of eight poetry collections published in Albania. Her books have received many national and international awards and have been translated into several languages. 

About Negative Space
“Language arrived fragmentary / split in syllables / spasmodic / like code in times of war,” writes Luljeta Lleshanaku in the title poem to her powerful new collection Negative Space. In these lines, personal biography disperses into the history of an entire generation that grew up under the oppressive dictatorship of the poet’s native Albania. For Lleshanaku, the “unsaid, gestures” make up the negative space that “gives form to the woods / and to the mad woman— the silhouette of goddess Athena / wearing a pair of flip-flops / and an owl atop her shoulder.” It is the negative space “that sketched my onomatopoeic profile / of body and shadow in an accidental encounter.” Lleshanaku instills ordinary objects and places—gloves, used books, acupuncture needles, small-town train stations—with subtle humor and profound insight, much as a child might discover a world in a grain of sand.

Come join us for a special storytime with picture book author Maddie Frost. Some vehicles go VROOM! Some animals say ROAR! Put them both together…let’s find out what’s in store!

Daniel Palmer headlines with his new book The First Family in this all-star panel, featuring thriller authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, William Martin, Joseph Finder, and moderated by William Landay.

Fifty years after the start of the women’s liberation movement, a book that at last illuminates the profound impact Jewishness and second-wave feminism had on each other.

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.

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.

Join local artists Lindsay Blevins and Diana Stelin as we celebrate our new Stairwell Gallery show! Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.

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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.

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for this week’s special Mother’s Day storytime!

Discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets downstairs at 7:30pm. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.

In conversation with Katie Bayerl.

Come celebrate the launch of NOTHING HAPPENED, a modern-day YA retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in which sisters Bee and Hana juggle their camp counselor responsibilities with simmering drama at the idyllic Camp Dogberry.

A richly reported account of the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years that takes us into the heart of an age-old industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

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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!

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

Discussing **Mean **by Myriam Gurba. Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club will meet to discuss a book from an independent publisher. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Co-sponsored by Facing History.

An exhilarating and darkly comical exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up in Hoxha’s madhouse, longing to cross to Greece, only to find another seam of absurdities and disappointments on his eventual arrival.

Join us for a night of poetry, featuring the most recent collections from three acclaimed poets.

in conversation with Mackenzi Lee.

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

A dazzling debut from the creator of Literary Death Match, Collision Theory follows Thomas Mullen as he tries and fails to deny the pain that has plagued him since he watched a woman jump to her death fifteen months ago.

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

A chilling, lavishly illustrated who’s who of the most despicable people ever to walk the earth, from the creator and narrator of the renowned Lore podcast.

The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist can teach you how to turn off the enemy in your mind simply by noticing, investigating, and changing the words you use to speak to yourself.

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.

Ticketed Event

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

The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Ticketed Event

Update: tickets for David’s reading are now SOLD OUT, but we encourage you to register for his book signing and find more details at this link

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

Join Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall in celebration of her newest picture book, HELLO LIGHTHOUSE!

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.


Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.

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This event is SOLD OUT.

Join us at The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live! featuring the creative team behind the graphic novel: Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Travis McElroy. At this live show, your ticket to the show gets you a copy of THE ADVENTURE ZONE: HERE THERE BE GERBLINS graphic novel and each copy will be signed by one of the McElroys! The live show will include a conversation with the team about the graphic novel and a live “reading” of an excerpt from the new comic, featuring special guests playing your favorite NPCs. See you there!

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