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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.

A memoir double-header exploring the nature of death from very different angles. Marzano-Lesnevich charts her complicated relationship with the case of a convicted murder, while Radtke’s graphic memoir examines how an uncle’s death triggered a lifelong fascination with ruins, and the people and places death leaves behind. Co-sponsored by Boston Literary District and Boston Pride.

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

The long-awaited fifth book in the Queen’s Thief series. Escaped slaved Kamet and a mysterious enemy soldier brave the wild (and the people hunting them) across a dangerous landscape where gods make surprise appearances and friendship can spring up from nowhere.

An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight. Three generations of women are haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold a key to the truth…

Levingston’s stunning historical narrative charts the emergence of two of the 20th century’s greatest leaders, tracing their powerful impact on each other and on the civil rights battle from 1960 to 1963.

In conversation with Joshua Foer

A misfit 13-year-old boy in Salem, Massachusetts becomes responsible for running his father’s friend’s campaign to become Playgirl’s Man of the Year - what could possibly go wrong?

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

Discussing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets downstairs at 7:30pm. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.

A simple mix-up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times-bestselling author Joseph Finder’s timely, electrifying new thriller.

Cheers—and bottoms up! Have a drink and celebrate a collection of puzzles that everyone from wine connoisseurs to Joe and Jane Sixpack will love. Come for the cocktail puns, stay for the delightful author banter.

Ticketed Event

Click HERE to buy tickets. A quick-witted and comical collection based on Rachel’s hit Youtube series, featuring never-before-heard rants, along with photographs and illustrations to demonstrate. Join us to meet Rachel and get your hands on her brand-new book.

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

Reading Fen by Daisy Johnson. Our Small Press Book Club discusses books from independent publishers. To contact our moderator, email smallpress@brooklinebooksmith.com. For more information, visit the Small Press Twitter over at https://twitter.com/smallpressbkcb.

Newly revised and updated, the definitive guide to planning a Jewish wedding, written by bestselling novelist Anita Diamant—author of The Red Tent and The Boston Girl, and one of the most respected writers on contemporary Jewish life.

The inside story of the people who derailed attempts by boosters and local politicians to bring the Olympics to the city of Boston. The authors tell Boston’s story, while providing a blueprint for citizens who seek to challenge costly, wasteful, disruptive, and risky Olympic bids in their own cities.

Talented, sparkling, and lavish with both money and love, Auntie Hankie teaches young Michael which books to read, which painters to admire, and which people to adore - but beneath her charm lies a dangerous rage. This true Hollywood tale of an eccentric Jewish household tests where the boundaries of family life should be drawn - and who should draw them.

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

Lucky and her husband, Krishna, are gay. They present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative families while each dates on the side. It’s not ideal, but it seems to be working - that is, until Lucky rekindles a relationship with her first lover and childhood best friend, Nisha. Co-sponsored by Boston Pride.

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

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!

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