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Sunday, March 7, 2010

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brookline booksmith
279 Harvard St. Brookline MA 02446 (617) 566-6660

writers & readers series

– Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

– Seating begins at 6:30pm


– Tickets $5

– Purchase tickets by calling the store at 617-566-6660

– Line to enter the theatre begins at 5:30pm
– Seating begins at 5:45pm
– Unclaimed tickets become invalid at 5:55pm

If you can’t make it to one of our excellent events, you may order signed copies of events books by calling the store at 617-566-6660 or by ordering the book through our website. Just click “Shop Online” and request a signature and/or inscription in the “Additional Comments” field at checkout.


Saturday, March 6, 5pm
Judith Warner – We’ve Got Issues: Parents and Children in the Age of Medication

Judith Warner (Perfect Madness; the columnist of the New York Times’ “Domestic Disturbances”) spoke with a cross section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, researchers, and therapists over the course of five years to find out how meds are affecting our children. The enlightening result is a wake-up call.

Tuesday, March 9th at 7:30pm
A free event presented with and at Temple Kehillath Israel (384 Harvard Street, Brookline)
Nancy Kehoe – Wrestling with Our Inner Angels

Nancy Kehoe is a nun and psychology clinician. In her first book, she makes a compelling argument for faith as a means to make decisions and order one’s life. With great empathy, she shares stories of the troubled people she has helped and writes of the way religious feeling has shaped her own choices. “Remarkable,” says Cokie Roberts.

Wednesday, March 10, 7pm
Sam Lipsyte – The Ask

“Sam Lipsyte can get blood out of a stone” – Edmund White. If the Booksmith has prayers, they’ve been answered: the funniest writer in America is coming to Brookline. Sam Lipsyte (Home Land, Venus Drive) has written his third novel, The Ask, a screed against university development, capitalism, artistic leanings, and the middle classes. Après Lipsyte, le déluge.

Thursday, March 11, 6pm
Small Beer Press presents:
A Fundraiser to Benefit Franciscan Hospital for Children

with Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & emcee Kelly Link

In the Readers’ & Writers’ Room at the Booksmith
Tickets required – $5

A discussion with the co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the person behind The Mortal Instruments and the author of Pretty Monsters? Don’t mind if we do! The Booksmith presents a YA extravaganza to benefit Franciscan Hospital for Children. All ticket sales and 20% of their book sales will be donated to the hospital. Email your questions for the authors to Click here for additional information!

Monday, March 15, 7pm Now Write! Nonfiction Write-in
with Sherry Ellis, Leah Cohen,& Marcie Hershman

Have you ever wanted to write nonfiction? Learn how at the Booksmith’s first-ever writing workshop! Billerica-based writing coach Sherry Ellis (Now Write, Illuminating Fiction) celebrates the release of her latest writing guide, Now Write! Nonfiction with a writing class. Joining her will be fellow teachers Hershman and Cohen. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to start some of the writing exercises included in the book.
Bring paper and pen!
RSVP and book purchase required.
Email or call 617.739.6002 to RSVP or for details.

Wednesday, March 17, 7pm
Elif Batuman – The Possessed

Follow Stanford professor Elif Batuman as she visits Tolstoy’s estate to investigate a possible murder and loses Isaac Babel’s family at the airport. Batuman (Harper’s, The New Yorker, LRB and n+1) has literally walked a mile in the footsteps of her heroes in a sharp, funny, personal literary history that takes us from California to the Caucasus.

Thursday, March 18, 7pm
An Evening with Ugly Duckling Presse
Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch – Ten Walks/Two Talks
With Damon Krukowski and Matvei Yankelevich

Ugly Duckling is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit art and publishing collective. Join them as they celebrate the release of Ten Walks/Two Talks, a book Time Out describes as “philosophical, formally innovative and fascinating.” Also appearing are Damon Krukowski (The Memory Theater Burned, of bands Galaxie 500 & Damon and Naomi) and Matvei Yankelevich (Boris by the Sea), one of the press’s founders.

Friday, March 19, 7pm
The Breakwater Reading Series

The Breakwater Reading Series features fiction, non-fiction and poetry by writers from UMass-Boston and Emerson College MFA programs. Join us on the third Friday each month to hear these extraordinary emerging voices. For more information, please contact Angela:

Tuesday, March 23, 7pm
Clea SimonGrey Matters

Local mystery maven Clea Simon’s second Dulcie Schwartz mystery picks up a few months after the end of Shades of Grey. Harvard doctoral student Dulcie Schwartz finds the body of a fellow graduate student on her adviser’s front step. The ghost of Mr. Grey, her deceased cat, returns to offer his usual cryptic advice, leaving Dulcie to try and find the real murderer before the killer finds her.

Wednesday, March 24, 7pm
Sonya Chung – Long for This World

Sonya Chung teaches writing at NYU and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop. Long for This World centers around a Korean family in America. Kate Walbert calls it “an intricately structured and powerfully resonant portrait of lives lived at the crossroads of culture, and a family torn between the old world and the new… a powerful debut from a young writer of great talent and promise.”

Monday, March 29, 7pm
David Shields – Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Memoirist (The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Enough About You), sportswriter (Body Politic, Baseball Is Just Baseball) novelist (A Handbook for Drowning, Dead Languages) and Guggenheim Fellow David Shields will visit the Booksmith in honor of his latest work, Reality Hunger, that left Jonathan Lethem “astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed.”


Friday, April 2 at 7pm
Christopher Moore – Bite Me

The man The Onion calls “the thinking man’s Dave Barry” returns with the third and final installment of his Bloodsucking Fiends trilogy. Christopher Moore (Lamb, Fool, The Stupidest Angel) brings his patented brand of socially incisive tomfoolery to a story about an accidental vampire, his mistress and an enormous cat.

Monday, April 5 at 7pm
Molly Wizenberg – A Homemade Life

Molly Wizenberg, the woman behind the wildly popular blog Orangette, made a name for herself by sharing her favorite recipes with stories about her life. A Homemade Life, her New York Times bestselling memoir, serves up a book-length portion of wit and wisdom. Join her at the Booksmith to celebrate its paperback release.

Tuesday, April 6 at 7pm
Susan Senator – The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide

Writer, activist and mother Susan Senator – author of Making Peace With Autism – has written about autism for the Globe, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Her new book shares the stories of parents of autistic children to instruct and inspire, drawing upon Senator’s own experience of finding joy in the midst of great struggle.


Love, love, love Anne Lamott 😉

— added by Someone Said on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hey, congratulations! I like seeing you right up there next to Ann Lamott (one of my favorites as well).

— added by Jan on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

Hooty hooty hoo!! Congratulations!! Your hard work has paid off – and I'm really proud of you!! Lisa

— added by Anonymous on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hope to make it and get a signed copy. 🙂

— added by Donna on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

Donna, you can go to the Concord, NH one on April 3 or to Burlington B&N; if it's easier.

— added by Susan Senator on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 9:33 am