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When his favorite college professor mentions that he’s writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He’s eager to read the opus his mentor has toiled over…until it turns out to be not only horribly written, but depraved, and uncannily close to a real unsolved murder. Lee will speak in conversation with mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Two translators discuss two European masters, available in English for the first time. Brimming with murder, suicide, royal leprosy and medieval witchcraft, Marcel Schwob’s stories (Schluter) are lost horror classics from the age of Poe. French Oulipo writer Anne Garréta’s novel (Ramadan) is an intimate, erotic, and sometimes bitter recounting of loves and lovers past, exploring the interplay between memory, fantasy, and desire. Co-sponsored by Greying Ghost Press.

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

An event of a different color - Carroll delves into the traumatic deaths of her parents and their intersections with the Rhode-Island mafia alongside Fishbone, the motorcycle-riding classical scholar who offers wisdom gathered from the poetry of antiquity, and from near-death experiences on the open road.

Sponsored by Boston Literary District

Science fiction becomes reality in this Jurassic Park-like true story of the genetic resurrection of an extinct species—the woolly mammoth—by the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and The 37th Parallel.

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

Discussing LaRose by Louise Erdrich. The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets downstairs at 7:30pm. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com

In conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld

A provocative and hilarious satire of love, sex, money, and politics in our new gilded age—the long-awaited first novel from the the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat.

A legendary comedic second banana, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds - but there’s more to Curtis’ story than that. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey―one nerd’s hilarious, often touching rise to the middle.

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New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer returns on tour for the sixth and final book in The Land of Stories series! Join us for an interactive event that will include: a reading from Chris, audience QA, The Land of Stories Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. This is a ticketed event, and a purchase of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is necessary for entry. Each book purchase gets fans one raffle ticket. Fans in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Chris will choose five lucky readers (+1 guest each) to meet him after the event to snap photos and have their books personalized.

A double-header from two acclaimed short story authors! Respectively referred to as “hypnotic as…the pages of Dostoyevsky” (The Nation) and “a kinder, gentler John Irving” (The Washington Post), Sharma and Roorbach are not to be missed.

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

Discussing Seeing People Off  by Jana Beňová

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.

Sci-fi fans, take note! In their latest works, Valente and Goss write from women’s perspectives. Valente explores the lives of female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes, and Goss writes female characters drawn from classic sci-fi and horror literature.

A once up-and-coming detective, Renée Ballard is stuck on the Hollywood night shift since accusing a supervisor of sexual harassment. But after catching two cases she can’t let go of–the brutal beating of a prostitute, and the shooting of a young woman in a nightclub–Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

In his latest book, musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist Bragg has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British music genre. Initiated by amateur players obsessed with the blues, jazz, and folk, skiffle lured teenagers obsessed with all things American and eager to dance away post-WWII conformity and deprivation. With a DIY ethos and three-chord tunes, skiffle inspired a generation of British lads to pick up guitars, including among them Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and a young extraterrestrial who would later take the name “David Bowie.” Roughly a cross between folk and R&B, skiffle quickly succumbed to the other two genres and faded from the charts, even as its former disciples led the British Invasion. Please note this is a book talk only – Billy will not be performing.

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

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.

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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.

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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 MILFateria.com, 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.

Sharp, witty, and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

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