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If pigs were meant to fly, they’d have been born with wings—but there’s no convincing Pigs Might Fly’s Lily Leanchops. To save Pigdom Plains, Lily must take to the skies in her own experimental aircraft—and there’s no time for a test run. In Making Scents, Mickey’s parents are crazy about canines. Naturally, they’re raising their son as if he was a dog… and Mickey wants nothing more than to make his parents proud.


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

Before his rise as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, Gessner devoted his 20s to the cultish sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Sacrificing his body and potential career, he spent countless hours in pursuit of fleeting glory. Ultimate Glory is a portrait of the artist as a young ruffian.

UPDATE: This event will take place at the Brookline Booksmith at 7pm, and is free to attend. All ticket buyers will be refunded.

Co-sponsored by 826 Boston. 

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life—serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night—Eve can’t curtail her own interest in a porn website called, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan—a jock and aspiring frat boy—discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.

in conversation with Daphne Kalotay

In her powerful memoir reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Jessica Berger Gross recounts the internalization of her abusive childhood, the decision to break free from her family, and the difficult road that followed–and that ultimately allowed her to carve a path to happiness.

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

in conversation with Mona Awad

A wildly entertaining debut about a wife and mother who embezzles a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

Boston’s fastest bike messenger is dragged into Boston’s gritty underworld of gangsters and blood money when the Big Dig threatens to uncover bodies and secrets his poker king father thought he had buried long ago.


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

Discussing Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

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

From one of America’s great minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

at the Coolidge Corner Public Library (31 Pleasant St., Brookline)

After raising her orphaned twin siblings, Isma is free; but she can’t stop worrying about her beautiful sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn–charming, naive, cavalier–enters the sisters’ lives, and suddenly all their fates are devastatingly entwined. Co-sponsored by the Public Library of Brookline.

in conversation with Margaret Evans

Mark Lamprell’s One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself. This reading is co-sponsored by the American Australian Association.

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Last Fan Standing is a no-holds-barred live game show, and YOU get to participate! Test your ultimate nerd knowledge as the legendary Bruce Campbell hosts. The top four contenders will face off on stage…will you be one of them? Every ticket includes admission to Last Fan Standing and comes with a copy of Bruce Campbell’s book HAIL TO THE CHIN. VIP tickets also include an exclusive Meet & Greet with Bruce Campbell.

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Sunday for drop-in storytime! This week we’re joined by Gaia Cornwall, author of JABARI JUMPS!

Discussing Nevada by Imogen Binnie.

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

Not many events offer both a morphine-addicted nurse who wanders through the decimated French countryside in search of purpose (Yoon), and an exploration of Florida as a microcosm of the looming perils that haunt our society (Gerard). Don’t miss this highly acclaimed double-header!

The Dogs of Avalon introduces Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. Believing in the value of all creatures, she and a group of local women champion the cause of strays as they rescue animals in need, and take on increasingly risky missions.


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

Someone else’s trash may be your treasure! Bring in a few not-so-favorite books and spend an evening trading titles with fellow Booksmith browsers. Swap books that are not chosen at the end of the night will go to charity. (Booksmith stock is not included in the swap.)

Join local artists Mirela Kulovic and Mia Cross as we celebrate our new Stairwell Gallery show! Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.

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