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Lit Boston: What's Happening in October?

In the October 2022 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, taking place virtually and in-person. See below for our list of local literary happenings.

 

Porter Square Books: Anniversary Sale

Saturday, October 1st at 10:00am (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

In honor of Porter Square Books: Boston Edition's one year anniversary, we'll be having an all-day sale! Visit us on Saturday, October 1 between 10am-8pm to shop one-day-only discounts on your favorite titles. Learn more.

 

Porter Square Books: Boston's 1st Birthday Party

Saturday, October 1st at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

We cordially invite you down to Porter Square Books: Boston Edition on the evening of Saturday, October 1 at 6pm. We'll have drinks and snacks for you while you browse, and you might even bump into some of the authors who we've hosted at PSB: Boston over this past year. At 7pm we'll begin a toast to a wonderful year and all of our wonderful customers, booksellers, and local authors who have made it possible! Learn more.

 

Picture Book Hour Live! Japanese Storytime

Sunday, October 2nd at 10:30am (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

Live and in person at Brookline Booksmith, the Japan Society of Boston present a special dual-language storytime! They will be reading picture books in Japanese and English. Learn more.

 

Jürgen Renn Presents The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene

Monday, October 3rd at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome award-winning historian of science JÜRGEN RENN for a discussion of his new book The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene. Learn more.

 

Terry Brooks with R. A. Salvatore, Daughter of Darkness

Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is delighted to welcome prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks for Daughter of Darkness, the follow-up to Child of Light! NY Times Bestselling author R. A. Salvatore will join the author in conversation, and a signing line will follow the talk. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Artist Dani Pendergast: Demon in the Wood

Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

Dani Pendergast joins us for a special artist launch of Demon in the Wood, sharing what it was like to create the art for this new Shadow and Bone graphic novel. Dani is joined in conversation by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb. Learn more.

 

Brandi Collins-Dexter at Harvard Book Store Presenting Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future

Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes BRANDI COLLINS-DEXTER, former Senior Campaign Director at Color Of Change, for a discussion of her new book Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future. She will be joined in conversation by DEBORAH DOUGLAS, co-editor in chief of The Emancipator. Learn more.

 

WBUR CitySpace: The Urban Grape's TJ and Hadley Douglas

Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

Irene Li, co-founder of Mei Mei and Prepshift, moderates a conversation with husband and wife team TJ and Hadley Douglas, founders of The Urban Grape in Boston’s South End. They'll discuss the Douglas' journey in the wine business, their philosophy toward organizing wine (by body rather than varietal or region) and their commitment to increasing access to and careers in the wine and beverage industry for Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). Learn more.

 

Malinda Lo with Sara Farizan, A SCATTER OF LIGHT

Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is excited to welcome National Book Award winning author Malinda Lo for the release of her latest book, A Scatter of Light! A starred review from Publisher's Weekly called it, "Raw and bittersweet ... [an] expansive tale of yearning, self-discovery, and first love." Sara Farizan, author of Dead Flip, will join the author in conversation. Learn more.

 

Namwali Serpell at Harvard Book Store Presenting The Furrows: A Novel

Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and professor of English at Harvard NAMWALI SERPELL for a discussion of her new novel, The Furrows. She will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize winning author TRACY K. SMITH. Learn more.

 

Kylie Lee Baker w/ Amanda Foody, EMPRESS OF TIME

Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Kylie Lee Baker for the release of her latest book, The Empress of Time! In this riveting sequel to The Keeper of Night, a half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector must defend her title as Japan's Death Goddess from those who would see her--and all of Japan--destroyed. Kylie will be joined in conversation by best-selling author and PSB favorite Amanda Foody, whose latest YA novel All of Our Demise celebrated its release on September 2nd. Learn more.

 

October Grubby Desk Lunch

Wednesday, October 5th at 12:30pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Looking for some virtual mid-week writing community? Or do you have a little time during your lunch break for a chat and guided writing? Join our FREE Grubby Desk Lunch Series live via easy-to-use video conferencing. Join us on Wednesday, October 5th, from 12:30pm-1:15pm. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises. Learn more.

 

Open Mic Night!

Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition hosts another Open Mic Night! Join us on Wednesday, October 5 at 6pm for a night of poetry, stand up comedy, storytelling, and performance. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! S.T. Gibson with Kit Mayquist

Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $36

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the new edition of A Dowry of Blood with author S.T. Gibson, in conversation with Kit Mayquist. Learn more.

 

Cody Keenan at Harvard Book Store Presenting Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes CODY KEENAN, Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter, for a discussion of his new book, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America. He will be joined in conversation by DEVAL PATRICK, former Governor of Massachusetts. Learn more.

 

Poetry Reading with Kate Colby, Elisa Gabbert & Sommer Browning

Thursday, October 6th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome poets Kate Colby, Elisa Gabbert, and Sommer Browning for a reading at the store! Kate will be reading from her collection Reverse Engineer, while Elisa will read from Normal Distance and Sommer from Good Actors. You can find out more about the poetry collections below!  Learn more.

 

Diane L. Rosenfeld at Harvard Book Store Presenting The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance

Thursday, October 6th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes DIANE L. ROSENFELD, founding director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, for a discussion of her new book The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance. Learn more.

 

Kids' Story Time with PJ Library

Friday, October 7th at 10:00am (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome the PJ Library, who will be hosting a kid's story time and craft at the store!  Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Kieran Setiya with John Kaag

Friday, October 7th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $36

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Life Is Hard with author Kieran Setiya, in conversation with John Kaag. Learn more.

 

Pete Souza at the Back Bay Events Center Presenting The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency

Friday, October 7th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes PETE SOUZA—former Obama White House Photographer—as he presents rarely-seen photographs and tells stories from his new book, The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency. Following his presentation, Souza will take questions from the audience. Learn more.

 

Robert Pinsky at Harvard Book Store Presenting Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet

Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes former U.S. Poet Laureate ROBERT PINSKY for a discussion of his new book Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet. He will be joined in conversation by ORLANDO PATTERSON, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Marjorie Liu: The Night Eaters

Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $33.99

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the first volume of The Night Eaters with writer Marjorie Liu. Learn more.

 

WBUR CitySpace: Maggie Haberman

Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30pm (EST) | Event Fee: $5 – $47

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Here & Now co-host Scott Tong for a conversation with Haberman on her new book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking Of America, which reveals new insights into the Trump White House. Learn more.

 

New European Literature with Robert Perišic, Marko Pogačar, and Ellen Elias-Bursać

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is happy to welcome Robert Perišić, author of A Cat at the End of the World, Marko Pogačar, author of Neon South, and translator Ellen Elias-Bursać for an evening of reading and discussion about new European literature. Learn more.

 

The Public Library of Brookline: Ben Mezrich

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

The Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline invite you to attend An Evening with Ben Mezrich: Exploring the Mind of a Literary Rockstar. Join us with USA Today bestselling author and investigative report Hank Phillippi Ryan in conversation with Ben Mezrich at Brookline High School, 22 Tappan Street Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Program starts at 7 PM. Learn more.

 

Temple Grandin at Harvard Science Center Presenting Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome New York Times bestselling author and professor of animal science TEMPLE GRANDIN for a conversation of her highly anticipated new book Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions. Learn more.

 

Sara St Antoine w/ Keith Cohen, FRONT COUNTRY

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is happy to welcome Sara St. Antoine to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Front Country! “Front Country is the book we need at the time we need it: a beautifully written story about finding meaning in the face of despair and friendship in the unlikeliest of places. Give this novel to every young reader worried about the future of our fragile planet. They’ll come away grateful, hopeful, and truly inspired,” (Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author). Sara will be joined in conversation by author Keith Cohen, whose novel A Season Unknown features similar themes around climate change. Learn more.

 

Laurel Kratochvila at Harvard Book Store Presenting New European Baking: 99 Recipes for Breads, Brioches and Pastries

Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes baker and food consultant LAUREL KRATOCHVILA for a discussion of her new book New European Baking: 99 Recipes for Breads, Brioches and Pastries. She will be joined in conversation by Rachel Sundet—local award winning baker and owner of Mamaleh’s Delicatessen. Learn more.

 

Random House Studio Sessions: Happier with Boundaries with Melissa Urban

Thursday, October 13th at 8:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $29.75

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Random House Group and Brookline Booksmith for an evening of conversation with Melissa Urban and Gretchen Rubin. Learn more.

 

Jamie Martin Presents The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance

Friday, October 14th at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store’s Virtual Event Series welcomes JAMIE MARTIN, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Social Studies at Harvard University, for a discussion of his new book The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance. He will be joined in conversation by QUINN SLOBODIAN, historian and Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College. Learn more.

 

Arts at the Armory: Geena Davis

Friday, October 14th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $40

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

From two-time Academy Award winner and screen icon Geena Davis comes a hilarious and candid memoir that takes you on a journey – from her epically polite childhood to roles that gave her the strength to become a powerhouse in Hollywood. Learn more.

 

Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe at Harvard Book Store Presenting When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm

Friday, October 14th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes WALT BOGDANICH and MICHAEL FORSYNTHE, investigative reporters for the New York Times, for a discussion of their new book When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm. Learn more.

 

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): And Action!: Introduction to Screenwriting

Saturday, October 15th at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

You have this fantastic idea for a movie but it's all in your head! How do you get it on the page? In this class students will learn the basics of screenwriting: format, scene structure, and the elements of a scene. We will be watching some examples to enhance our understanding of some of these basic elements as well as go over the basic plot structure of a feature length film. Get ready for a jam packed workshop with a lot of prompted free-writing to get ideas generated and to get you more comfortable with the format of screenwriting. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY. Learn more.

 

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Love to Hate You, Hate to Love You: Creating Character Foils

Saturday, October 15th at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

In this class, we’ll explore the idea of the character foil, and how characterization can come to life when we create counterparts for our protagonists who are the exact opposite of everything they are. We’ll read segments from a range of authors who use opposing traits to create amazing relationships, from Shakespeare to Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and talk about great character foils in some of our favorite movies and tv shows. We’ll use these discussions as a jumping off point for writing exercises in which we’ll invent our own original characters and character pairings. For students aged 13-18 ONLY! Learn more.

 

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Words for Style, Signaling, and Surprise

Saturday, October 15th at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by GrubStreet

For a writer in any genre, individual words are the bricks with which they work to build their structure. A character’s choice of words can reveal their origins, aspirations, and anxieties; mixing words from different registers can create laughter; and an unexpected-but-perfect word in the right place can strike a reader with the force of a blow. This session will look at nuances of diction through close reading of writers like Grace Paley, Natasha Trethewey, James Baldwin, and Jamaica Kincaid and through exercises and prompts. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY. Learn more.

 

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan at Memorial Church Presenting Mad Honey: A Novel

Monday, October 17th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $32

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes beloved, bestselling authors JODI PICOULT and JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN for a discussion of their co-authored novel, Mad Honey. They will be joined in conversation by TIM EHRENBERG, marketing director for Nantucket Book Partners. Learn more.

 

AGNI's 50 Years: Founders & Editors

Monday, October 17th at 8:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by AGNI and Brookline Booksmith

Celebrating 50 years of AGNI magazine with a series of virtual events, co-sponsored by AGNI and Brookline Booksmith. For this final event of the series, join us for a conversation with founder Askold Melnyczuk, former Editor Sharon Dunn, Coeditor Sven Birkerts, and Coeditor William Pierce with Associate Editor Shuchi Saraswat. Learn more.

 

Virtual Event: Erika Hayasaki presents Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family

Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store’s Virtual Event Series welcomes ERIKA HAYASAKI, journalist and professor at the University of California, Irvine, for a discussion of her new book Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family. She will be joined in conversation by INDIGO WILLING—sociologist and co-editor of Adoption and Multiculturalism (with Jenny Wills and Tobias Hubinette) and contributor for Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices, and founder of Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI). Learn more.

 

CAMBRIDGE: Writer-in-residence Sacha Lamb w/ Rebecca Podos, WHEN THE ANGELS LEFT THE OLD COUNTRY

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is excited to host former PSB writer-in-residence Sacha Lamb to celebrate the release of their debut novel, When the Angels Left the Old Country! Described by the publisher as the "Queer lovechild of Sholem Aleichem and Philip Roth," Sacha Lamb presents an original drama about individual purpose, the fluid nature of identity, and the power of love to change and endure through a story featuring angels, demons, and immigration through Ellis Island. Sacha will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Podos, whose novel From Dust, a Flame was published earlier this year (and was featured at PSB as a staff pick)! Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Dani Shapiro: Signal Fires

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $38

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Signal Fires with author Dani Shapiro. Learn more.

 

The Wilbur presents Terrible, Thanks for Asking, with Nora McInerny

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30pm (EST) | Event Fee: $25 - $35

An In-Person Event by The Wilbur and Brookline Booksmith 

Nora McInerny does not dance like no one is watching. In fact, she dances like everyone is watching, which is to say, she does not dance at all. As a bestselling author and host of the beloved podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, she has captured the hearts of millions by discussing grief and loss with disarming wit and earnest candor. Now, with Bad Vibes Only, she turns her eye on our aggressively, oppressively optimistic culture; our obsession with self-improvement; and what it really means to live authentically in the online age. Learn more.

 

GRUBBIE DEBUT: Robin McLean with Sabina Murray, PITY THE BEAST

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by GrubStreet & Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books and GrubStreet are delighted to present the latest installment in the Grubbie Debut event series, featuring Robin Mclean. Her debut novel, Pity the Beast, follows "in the footsteps of such chroniclers of American absurdity as Cormac McCarthy, Joy Williams, and Charles Portis [...] Pity the Beast is a mind-melting feminist western that pins a tale of sexual violence and vengeance to a canvas stretching back to prehistory, sideways into legend, and off into a lonesome future." Award-winning author Sabina Murray will join the author in conversation. Learn more.

 

Lydia Millet at Harvard Book Store Presenting Dinosaurs: A Novel

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist LYDIA MILLET for a discussion of her new novel Dinosaurs. She will be joined in conversation by JOSHUA GLENN, consulting semiotician and coauthor of The Adventurer’s Glossary, Unbored, and Lost Objects. Learn more.

 

Anand Giridharadas at the Brattle Theatre Presenting The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy

Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $32

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes internationally bestselling author ANAND GIRIDHARADAS for a discussion of his new book The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy. He will be joined in conversation by DEVAL PATRICK, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership and a professor of practice at the Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more.

 

WBUR CitySpace: Briana Scurry and Dr. Jesse Mez

Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by WBUR and Brookline Booksmith 

On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti talks with the study’s lead author, Dr. Jesse Mez to find out the latest cutting-edge research on CTE and concussions. They’ll also be joined by two-time Olympic Gold medalist and World Cup champion Briana Scurry to discuss her memoir, My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper about her triumphs on the soccer pitch and her career-ending head injury. Learn more.

 



BOSTON: Veronica Roth, Poster Girl

Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $27.99

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Veronica Roth for her adult debut, Poster Girl! For fans of Anthony Marra and Lauren Beukes, #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth tells the story of a woman's desperate search for a missing girl after the collapse of the oppressive dystopian regime—and the dark secrets about her family and community she uncovers along the way. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! John Willis: Nagasaki

Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $42

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith 

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Nagasaki: The Forgotten Prisoners with author John Willis. Learn more.

 

Dr. Jeremi Suri at Harvard Book Store presenting Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy

Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes DR. JEREMI SURI, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, for a discussion of his new book Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy. He will be joined by JONATHAN KIRSHNER, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College. Learn more.

 

IN-STORE: Maureen Callahan Smith in conversation with Maryanne O'Hara

Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Belmont Books

Join us in-store for an intimate discussion of grief with Maureen Callahan Smith! She will be joined by author and memoirist Maryanne O'Hara. Learn more.

 

CAMBRIDGE: Joanna Margaret w/ Joanna Rakoff, THE BEQUEST

Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is happy to host Joanna Margaret to celebrate the release of her debut novel, The Bequest! Joyce Carol Oates described this Gothic mystery set between Scotland, Italy, and France as "richly atmospheric and irresistibly readable." Joanna Rakoff will join the author in conversation. Learn more.

 

Virtual Event: Daniel Gross Presents A Banker's Journey: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Global Financial Empire

Friday, October 21st at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store and the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics welcome financial journalist and historian DANIEL GROSS for a discussion of his new book A Banker's Journey: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Global Financial Empire. Learn more.

 

Anna Badkhen at Harvard Book Store Presenting Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays

Friday, October 21st at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author ANNA BADKHEN for a discussion of her new essay collection, Bright Unbearable Reality. She will be joined in conversation by JAMES WOOD—staff writer at The New Yorker and Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University. Learn more.

 

Helen Benedict and Eyad Awwadawnan

Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $29.95

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith 

Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith for a virtual event with Helen Benedict and Eyad Awwadawnan to discuss and celebrate the release of their new book Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece. Learn more.

 

Summer Ink

Sunday, October 23rd at 1:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Summer Ink and Brookline Booksmith 

Join us for the yearly reading of student writing with SUMMER INK - presented at Brookline Booksmith for the first time since 2019! No registration is required for this in-person event. It is free to attend, and open to the public. Learn more.

 

Transnational Film Series Screening: The Stranger

Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $15.27

An In-Person Event by Boston Palestine Film Festival, the Transnational Literature Series, and Brookline Booksmith

The Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Transnational Literature Series are proud to co-present the final film in the 2022 Boston Palestine Film Festival. The Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen the 2021 drama The Stranger, directed by Ameer Fakher Eldin. In a small village in the occupied Golan Heights, Adnan, a desperate unlicensed doctor experiences an existential crisis. Disinherited by his father for failing medical school in Moscow, Adnan’s life takes another unlucky turn when he encounters a man wounded in the war in Syria. This encounter shakes the doctor to his core, giving him a sense of purpose. Learn more.

 

PSB Book Club

Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Please join us for the new Porter Square Books Book Club, led by bookseller Wendy! We'll meet on the third Monday of every month at 7pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140). Learn more.

 

Margaret Sullivan at Harvard Book Store Presenting Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life

Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist and media columnist MARGARET SULLIVAN for a discussion of her new memoir Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life. Learn more.

 

Live with Brookline Booksmith! Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Song of the Cell

Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $35 – $43

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

Live and in person with Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre! Celebrate the release of The Song of the Cell with Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene. He is joined in conversation by WBUR Senior Health and Science Reporter Gabrielle Emanuel. Learn more.

 

OFF-SITE: Kwan Kew Lai at the Belmont Public Library

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Belmont Books and Belmont Public Library

Join author Kwan Kew Lai at the Belmont Public Library in the Assembly Room for her release of her memoir THE GIRL WHO TAUGHT HERSELF TO FLY! Don't miss the rest of the library's One Book One Belmont programming in October! Learn more.

 

Virtual Event: Helen Benedict and Eyad Awwadawnan Present Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store’s Virtual Event Series welcomes award-winning journalist HELEN BENEDICT and Syrian writer and refugee EYAD AWWADAWNAN for a discussion of their book Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece. Learn more.

 

George Saunders at Old South Church Presenting Liberation Day: Stories

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $29.75

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes New York Times bestselling author GEORGE SAUNDERS for a discussion of his highly anticipated short story collection, Liberation Day. He will be joined in conversation by critically-acclaimed actress, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author JENNY SLATE. Learn more.

 

Kids' Story Hour: Boston Edition

Wednesday, October 26th at 4:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Kids' Story Hour is returning to Boston! Join PSB bookseller Kendall at our Boston store on the last Wednesday of every month to hear from our favorite children's books and to participate in themed songs and activities. Check out our events newsletter, follow Porter Square Books: Boston Edition on Twitter, or pick up an events brochure in store to discover each month's theme. Children of all ages welcome, no RSVP required! Learn more.

 

Live with Brookline Booksmith! Maggie Stiefvater: Greywaren

Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: From $19.99

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith and Coolidge Corner Theatre

Live and in person with Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre! Celebrate the release of Greywaren with author Maggie Stiefvater. This event will include a 30-minute talk at Coolidge Corner Theatre, followed by a live signing across the street at Brookline Booksmith! Learn more.

 

CAMBRIDGE: GennaRose Nethercott, THISTLEFOOT

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is excited to host GennaRose Nethercott to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Thistlefoot! In the tradition of modern fairy tales like Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story. If you like Baba Yaga tales, then this is the book for you. Learn more.

 

The Wilbur presents Mike Duncan: The Stories of History

Wednesday, October 26th at 8:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $35 - $45

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith and The Wilbur

Mike Duncan is one of the most popular history podcasters in the world and author of the New York Times–bestselling books Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution and The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic. His award-winning series The History of Rome remains a legendary landmark in the history of podcasting. Duncan’s ongoing series Revolutions explores the great political revolutions that have driven the course of modern history. Learn more.

 

Stacy Schiff at the Brattle Theatre Presenting The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $6 - $37.25

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer STACY SCHIFF for a discussion of her highly anticipated new book, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams. She will be joined in conversation by writer and historian CATHERINE GRACE KATZ. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Claudia Lux with Jilly Gagnon: Sign Here

Thursday, October 27th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 – $37

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Sign Here with author Claudia Lux, in conversation with Jilly Gagnon. Learn more.

 

CAMBRIDGE: Lawrence Millman, THE LAST SPEAKER OF BEAR

Thursday, October 27th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to host Lawrence Millman to celebrate the release of his latest book, The Last Speaker of Bear: My Encounters in the North! Millman is an arctic explorer and mycologist who presents stories from his travels in a collection of vignettes that span from Yukon to Iceland. Showcasing his reverence for the Indigenous and Native communities he has encountered, including Inuit, Inuk, Innu, Alutiiq, and Cree Nations (among others), Millman invites his readers to experience his journeys with him. Learn more.

 

(Spooky) Seaport Free Writes

Friday, October 28th at 5:30pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by GrubStreet

Looking to add some creativity to your day? Want to meet other local writers and get started on some new writing? Join us for a special Halloween edition of Seaport Free Writes on Friday, October 28th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm. You’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some frighteningly fresh writing exercises. Best of all, you’ll leave with some new ideas to ponder for the rest of your day and beyond. Please note that you must register ahead of time and provide proof of vaccination to attend this session. Costumes are encouraged for this seasonally spooky session, and candy will be provided! Learn more.

 

Virtual Event: Bill Keller Presents What's Prison For?: Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Friday, October 28th at 6:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store’s Virtual Event Series welcomes Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist BILL KELLER for a discussion of his new book What's Prison For?: Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Age of Mass Incarceration. He will be joined in conversation by JILL ABRAMSON, former executive editor of The New York Times. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Ross Gay: Inciting Joy: Essays

Friday, October 28th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $27 – $37

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Inciting Joy with author Ross Gay. Learn more.

 

BOSTON: Cat Fitzpatrick w/ Cecilia Gentili, THE CALL-OUT

Friday, October 28th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is excited to welcome author Cat Fitzpatrick for the release of her first novel, The Call-Out! The Call-Out is "a fast-paced, debut tragicomedy of manners written in verse about queer (mostly trans) women that is funny, literary, philosophical, witty, sometimes bitchy and sometimes heartbreaking," written by the first trans woman to serve as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University–Newark. Cat will be joined by fellow author Cecilia Gentili whose memoir Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn't My Rapist is set to be published in October as well. Learn more.

 

Greg Melville at Harvard Book Store Presenting Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries

Friday, October 28th at 7:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $0

An In-Person Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes GREG MELVILLE―adventure writer and a former editor at Men’s Journal and Hearst Magazines―for a discussion of his new book Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries. He will be joined in conversation by MATTHEW STEPHENS, 13th president of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Learn more.

 

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Olivie Blake: The Atlas Paradox

Sunday, October 30th at 12:00pm (EST) | Event Fee: $28 – $38

An In-Person Event by Brookline Booksmith

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of The Atlas Paradox with author Olivie Blake. Learn more.

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