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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime! This week, Toni Buzzeo, author of the Caldecott Honor Book One True Friend, will be reading her most recent books aloud!

Discussing The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail, translated by Max Weiss.

Our Transnational Summer Book Club will discuss a book that explores themes of migration, displacement, and exile. To contact our moderator, email shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won’t convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women.

The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women–who’ve lost their families and loved ones, who’ve been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons–and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety.

In the face of inhuman suffering, this powerful work of nonfiction offers a counterpoint to Daesh’s genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk their own lives to save those of others.

Tremblay, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts, adds an inventive twist to the home invasion thriller in this hair-raising new novel. Kepnes interweaves New England love story, detective drama and Lovecraftian supernatural horror in Providence.

A former FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and leading cyber-security expert offers a devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare—and how we can protect ourselves and our country against them.

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.

A love story set in the eighteenth-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this genre-bending debut tells a profound story of gender, desire, and liberation.

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

Discussing Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

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

A lyrical fable about a teenager working in a mountain encampment during the Chinese Cultural Revolution who stumbles upon an ambiguous utopia.

Alex White’s new series follows a crew of outcasts as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to savings themselves-and the universe.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Bear brings a new Karen Memory story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker―a magical creature who generally lives in the deep gold mines of Alaska, but has been kidnapped and brought to Rapid City.

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

Discussing The Science of Lost Futures by Ryan Habermeyer.

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

Join us for the paperback release of this award winning novel that gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage - and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town’s efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love.

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This event is SOLD OUT.

In conversation with Ethan Gilsdorf.

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!

Bad Stories is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces.

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

Fiction from the Palestinian Diaspora

Hala Alyan and Hannah Lillith Assadi will be in conversation as part of the Transnational Literature Series. For more information, please contact series curator Shuchi Saraswat at shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and grew up in Kuwait, Oklahoma, Texas, Maine, and Lebanon She is the author of three poetry collections and has been awarded a Lannan Foundation fellowship. Salt Houses is her first novel.  Hannah Lillith Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts, where she was granted a Woolrich Award. She was raised in Arizona by her Jewish mother and Palestinian father. Sonora is her first novel.

About the books: 
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Nylon, Kirkus Reviews, Bustle and BookPage, Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again. Hannah Lillith Assadi’s Sonora is a fevered, lyrical debut about two young women drawn into an ever-intensifying friendship set against the stark, haunted landscape of the Sonoran desert and the ecstatic frenzy of New York City.

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.

You’ve spent all month finding Waldo around Brookline–now come in and celebrate! Treats, activities, prizes, and a real live Waldo to find in the store. Bring your Waldo Passport to claim your rewards!

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

Discussing Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova.

Our Transnational Summer Book Club will discuss a book that explores themes of migration, displacement, and exile. To contact our moderator, email shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

In this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria, from where she emigrated as a girl twenty-five years previously, to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece. When she was a child, the border zone was rumored to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, and it swarmed with soldiers and spies. On holidays in the “Red Riviera” on the Black Sea, she remembers playing on the beach only miles from a bristling electrified fence whose barbs pointed inward toward the enemy: the citizens of the totalitarian regime.

Kassabova discovers a place that has been shaped by successive forces of history: the Soviet and Ottoman empires, and, older still, myth and legend. Her exquisite portraits of fire walkers, smugglers, treasure hunters, botanists, and border guards populate the book. There are also the ragged men and women who have walked across Turkey from Syria and Iraq. But there seem to be nonhuman forces at work here too: This densely forested landscape is rich with curative springs and Thracian tombs, and the tug of the ancient world, of circular time and animism, is never far off.

Border is a scintillating, immersive travel narrative that is also a shadow history of the Cold War, a sideways look at the migration crisis troubling Europe, and a deep, witchy descent into interior and exterior geographies.

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at Coolidge Corner Theatre - get tickets HERE!

Our Transnational Literature Series further explores migration, exile, and displacement through foreign film. In our first installment, Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen Perseoplis, Marjane Satrapi’s animated adaptation of her autobiographical graphic novel about coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Conversation to follow. Tickets available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Bringing Brookline residents together for meaningful dialogue about “what matters most.”

Enjoy beverages & refreshments, followed by playing HELLO; then Brookline Booksmith will share information about relevant authors or books available at the store and any upcoming author events on related topics.

Register HERE for free to attend or call 617-566-6660!

Funding provided by the Brookline Community Foundation.

Discussing Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera.

Our Transnational Summer Book Club will discuss a book that explores themes of migration, displacement, and exile. To contact our moderator, email shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages - one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

Dubravka Ugrešić will be in conversation with translator Ellen Elias-Bursać as part of the Transnational Literature Series. For more information, please contact series curator Shuchi Saraswat at shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Dubravka Ugrešic was born in the former Yugoslavia (Croatia). She is a novelist, essayist, and literary scholar and the author of seven works of fiction and six collections of essays. She has won, or been shorlisted for, more than a dozen prizes, including the NIN Award, Austrian State Prize for European Literature, Heinrich Mann Prize, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Man Booker International Prize, and the James Tiptoe Jr. Award. In 2016, she received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (the “American Nobel”) for her body of work. Ellen Elias-Bursać is an American scholar and literary translator. Specializing in South Slavic literature, she has translated numerous works from Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian.

About the book: 

Winner of the 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

In the midst of the Yugoslav wars of the early 1990s, Dubravka Ugresic—winner of the 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature—was invited to Middletown, Connecticut, as a guest lecturer. A world away from the brutal sieges of Sarajevo and the nationalist rhetoric of Miloševic, she instead has to cope with everyday life in America, where she’s assaulted by “strong personalities,” the cult of the body, endless amounts of jogging and exercise, bagels, and an obsession with public confession.

Organized as a fictional dictionary, these early essays of Ugresic’s (revised and amended for this edition) are as pertinent to today’s America as when they were first published. It’s here, in these pieces filled with Ugresic’s unparalleled wit and devastating observations, that the comforting veil of Western consumerism is ripped apart as the mundane luxuries of the average citizen are contrasted with the life of a woman whose country is being destroyed.

Translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth & Ellen Elias-Bursać. 

Olga Tokarczuk will be in conversation with translator Jennifer Croft and writer Askold Melynczuk as part of the Transnational Literature Series. For more information, please contact series curator Shuchi Saraswat at shuchi@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated and beloved authors, a two-time winner of her country’s highest literary honor, the Nike. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Her work has appeared in n +1, BOMB, and Asymptote. Jennifer Croft is an American author, critic and translator who works from Polish, Ukrainian and Argentine Spanish. She was awarded the Man Booker International Prize along with Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, for her translation of Flights. Askold Melnyczuk is an American writer whose publications include novels, essays, poems, memoir, and translations

About the book:

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

A visionary work of fiction with “echoes of Sebald and] Kundera . . . There’s] no better travel companion in these turbulent, fanatical times” (The Guardian). A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin’s heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller’s answer.

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