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When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, she begins to question everything she knows about her life. Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, and finding one’s way–from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.


Celebrate the wonders of independent bookstores with us during this national event! Treats, scavenger hunts and prizes abound–and come check out our IBD special editions and gift items (before we buy them all ourselves).


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

Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel follows wasteland scavenger Rachel and her relationship with the mysterious Borne - a creature who may utterly destabilize Rachel’s precarious world. In Annie Hartnett’s Rabbit Cake, 12-year-old Elvis investigates her mother’s drowning-by-sleepwalking, and finds comfort (if not answers) in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama.

Boston P.I. Spenser and his right hand man Hawk follow a con artist’s trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of this iconic crime series. After defrauding everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter’s latest double-cross may be his last.

Move over! The Pearls Before Swinecomic strip is back and badder than ever in this treasury collection. All topics are fair game, and comic strip censors, apathetic baristas, and IRS employees are all strongly advised to laugh or get out of the way.

A sweeping work of love, loss, and survival, On the Sickle’s Edge revolves around three characters: the scrappy, South-African born Lena; her disillusioned Soviet granddaughter, Darya; and Steven, a Boston painter who inadvertently stumbles into the tangled web of his family’s past.

The bestselling author of The Chronology of Water offers a vision of our near-extinction in one of this year’s most anticipated novels, with a heroine–the reimagined Joan of Arc–on the precipice of a world ravaged by violence and greed.


Join local artists Lara Loutrel and On-Kyeong Seong as we celebrate our new Stairwell Gallery show! Free and open to the public, refreshments provided.


Come celebrate Children’s Book Week! We’re celebrating young readers, so join us this Sunday in the kids’ section for drop-in storytime.

Ticketed Event

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possibleunderscores Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected authors.

Elizabeth Strout will be in conversation with Andre Dubus III.

Tickets available in-store or at

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

This month we’ll be discussing Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Ticketed Event

Discussing Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Join our kids’ book club on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm! Email for more information

With over forty years of experience as a sought-after diagnostician, Dr. Stuart Mushlin shares some of the most intriguing cases he has encountered, revealing the twists and turns of each patient’s treatment process.


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

Based on the story of the author’s mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how a country came to be, and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom.

Discussing Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

Our Small Press Book Club will meet in our buyers’ office to discuss literature from indie publishers. To contact our moderator, email For more information, visit the Small Press Twitter over at

A gripping tale of espionage, about an eleventh-hour attempt by members of the German elite to unseat Adolf Hitler, and its endlessly complex consequences.

A companion piece to Thomas Merton’s bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey MountainPure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax tells the story of Merton’s best friend and early spiritual inspiration.


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! Visit the Breakwater wordpress by clicking here.


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

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory; about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds; and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

A coming-of-age tale of the struggle to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood, and the fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life.

Come enjoy a night of local poetry! These three stellar poets breathe life into the page, with fresh collections that are not to be missed.

There’s a stinky stench in the fridge–and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery!  Join us in our children’s section for this special drop-in storytime.

The true adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on.

In Max Winter’s heartbreaking yet hilarious Exes, the city of Providence haunts Clay Blackall - it’s the only place that holds the answer to his brother suicide. In Daisy Johnson’s Fen, dark stories blend folklore and restless invention to turn out something entirely new.

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