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A no-holds-barred call to action for America’s broken mental health system, by a prize-winning investigative journalist. This is a comprehensive look at mental health abuses and dangerous, ineffective practices, pointing toward a system for effective and compassionate care.

From author Lindsay Cummings and booktuber Sasha Alsberg (Abookutopia) comes a novel of treachery in space, as the all-female crew of the starship Marauder clashes with sadistic bounty hunters and vengeful rulers. 

Holly Black, queen of Faerie, returns to her place of power with this tale of a girl, raised by faeries, finding her way amidst intrigue, murder, and vengeance.

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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 for drop-in storytime!

A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world–and a road map for rescuing our own. Harvard professors Levitsky and Ziblatt draw on decades of historical and global research to show how democracies perish and how ours can be saved.

The author of Monstrous returns with an all-new middle grade fantasy. Emmeline is a girl who can manipulate shadows, and her own shadow has a mind of its own. But what will it cost to give her shadow the freedom it craves?

Why do Jews continue to live in Russia despite the persecution they’ve endured there? What awaits the children born to Jews who have not left? Based on new evidence and interviews, author and scholar Maxim D. Shrayer offers a richly journalistic portrait of Russia’s dwindling yet still vibrant and influential Jewish community.

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

The Olympians graphic novel series reaches its tenth and most delightful volume yet, with the story of the Greeks’ most mischievous god, Hermes. George O’Connor’s readings are always a wild and wonderful ride, so bring the whole family!

Join us to celebrate two wonderful young adult novelists! In The Hazel Wood, seventeen-year old Alice must hunt down her mother’s captor while tangling with the cultish fans of her grandmother’s dark literary classic. In Jane, Unlimited, Jane’s life becomes untethered when her aunt goes missing, and becomes stranger still when she is invited to the mysterious family mansion of Tu Reviens.

One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.

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

Come explore the dark and sparkling unrealities of three of fantasy’s best and brightest authors.

Co-sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital

A memoir both bittersweet and inspiring by an American pediatric oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem treating children—Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza—who had all been diagnosed with cancer.

Ticketed Event

This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre - purchase tickets here!

Hilarious, candid, and full of shenanigans, YouTube sensation Mamrie Hart is back with more adventures. 
 
When Mamrie simultaneously enters her 30s and finds herself single for the first time since college, the world is suddenly full of possibilities. Emboldened by the cool confidence that comes with the end of one’s 20s plus the newfound independence of an attachment-free lifestyle, Mamrie commits herself to living life with even more spirit, adventure, and heart than before. Mamrie dives into new experiences at full-tilt and seeks out once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (like meeting the Dixie Chicks), bucket-list goals (like visiting the Moulin Rouge), and madcap adventures (like going anchors-away on a Backstreet Boys cruise)—all while diving back into the dating world for the first time in a decade.
 

 

A new thrilling suspense novel from #1 international bestselling author Sara Blaedel. When Ilka Jensen, a portrait photographer with a quiet, unremarkable life, stumbles upon an unsolved murder and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker’s daughter realizes she might be in over her head.

Join us for the paperback release of John Darnielle’s New York Times bestseller! In Universal Harvester, the once placid Iowa fields and farmhouses become sinister, imbued with loss and instability as their denizens scrape to retrieve that which they can never regain.

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

Discussing Kindred by Octavia Butler.

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 bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Growing up in a Depression-battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Muhammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of Southern hospitals, and being named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.”

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Join us to celebrate the sixth birthday of The Pilgrim, a ten-times-a-year literary magazine from the homeless community of downtown Boston.

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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 for drop-in storytime!

Ticketed Event

This is a ticketed event - purchase tickets here!

Tamora Pierce will appear in conversation with author A.C. Gaughen.

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day–soon–he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Discussing Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada.

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club discusses new books from independent publishers. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com.

Ticketed Event

Tickets available HERE. This event will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man’s future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

In conversation with Tom Perrotta.

In Oliver Loving, the only person who holds the answers for a family in crisis and a town on the brink is a boy who has been cocooned in a coma for ten years. In The Afterlives, Jim Byrd…sort of dies. Revived after mere minutes with no memories of tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders whether anything is on the other side - that is, until the other side shows up to haunt him.

Daring and wise, hilarious and tender, this exhilarating collection of seven linked essays from the managing editor of Tin House magazine tackles the Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues.

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

Ticketed Event

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

Co-sponsored by WBUR.

Gathering in one place previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays such as, “Joy,” and, “Find Your Beach,” Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive–and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive.

Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album’s fascinating backstory–along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968.

Ticketed Event

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Renowned slam poet and debut novelist Elizabeth Acevedo discusses THE POET X, a YA novel in verse about a young woman in Harlem who finds identity and voice through slam poetry. Join Elizabeth and a guest youth poet (to be announced) for a night of poetry and discussion!

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