Brookline Booksmith hosts a variety of events, travel related and otherwise.
For events related to travel and international literature, see below. For all other event information, please visit our General Events page: Brookline Booksmith’s Writers & Readers Series.
In-store events are held in our Writer’s and Reader’s room at Brookline Booksmith. These events are free and open to the public.
Events at the Coolidge Corner Theatre usually require a $5 ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling the store at 617-566-6660.
Upcoming Events in our Travel and International Literature Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm
Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray
by Peter Wortsman
In an elegantly written collection of vignettes, Peter Wortsman (the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees) crafts a declaration of love for Berlin, a city constantly reinventing itself through circumstance and necessity. Part of the Traveller’s Tales series.
Saturday, April 13th at 4pm
Home Made Summer
by Yvette Van Boven
The author of Home Made and Home Made Winter visits us with her latest delectable cookbook, Home Made Summer, filled with beautiful photos and hand-drawn artwork throughout. Based in Paris and Amsterdam, Yvette has collected recipes inspired by her childhood in Ireland, using seasonal ingredients that will make you wish for summer.
Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm
Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen
by Peter Eichstaedt
Peter Eichstaedt, former Africa Editor for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, takes a deep and intense look at how to create a sustainable future for Afghanistan, searching for clarity amid the rhetoric of war and politics.
Sunday, April 21th at 2pm
The House of Special Purpose
by Jon Boyne
Georgy Jachmenev once lived in the Tsar’s Winter Palace, coming of age during the revolution. Now, he is an 80-year-old man watching his beloved wife deteriorate in front of his eyes. She asks to visit Russia one last time, and as they journey towards St. Petersburg, Georgy’s memories of the past begin to release themselves: secret romances, loyalties tested and youthful naivete warped and molded into something unrecognizeable and cruel. Available for the first time in the US, John Boyne (The Boy With the Striped Pajamas) delivers a tour de force of historical fiction.
Thursday, April 25th at 7pm
by David Rohde
Reuters and Atlantic Monthly columnist Rohde discusses his examination of the failing American war on terror tracing the lines from misspent money to mishandled relationships with key allies in the Middle East, as well as the influence of contemporary American life on the Arab Spring uprisings. Rohde argues that the path to peace will come not from Americans but from moderate Muslims. Come enjoy an enlightening and cogent discussion on this timely topic.
Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm
Frozen in Time
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Mitchell Zuckoff returns to read from his latest book documenting the 1942 crash of a U.S. cargo plane into a Greenland ice cap, and the subsequent disappearance of the search and rescue team sent after them. You won’t want to miss this gripping story of the crash survivors and their would-be rescuers fighting to withstand 148 days of arctic winter, the Coast Guard’s efforts to piece together what happened, and Greenland’s unlikely role in American military maneuvers.
Wednesday, May 1st at 6 pm
by Nathaniel Philbrick
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre – Tickets required
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society
Revolutionary War Boston—a city filled with vigilantes, men of action, and the setting of the bloodiest engagement of the revolution—seems like a far cry from the Boston we know today. In this visceral telling of the origins of the Revolutionary War, Nathaniel Philbrick brings us the true story behind the fray, revealing a wide cast of characters in Dr. John Warren, Mercy Scollay, Paul Revere, and more.
Tickets are $5 each and go on sale 4/8. Get a free ticket to attend when you pre-order a copy of Bunker Hill.
Saturday, May 4th at 7 pm
by Neville Frankel
South African native Steven Green believed his mother was dead—sacrificing her life in the fight to end apartheid. In reality, his mother was still alive and in South Africa, living with the agonizing choices she made years ago. In this harrowing tale of family and life torn apart by apartheid, Frankel explores the complicated consequences in fighting for the ones you love. New England Conservatory a cappella group Distinctive Voices will be performing South African songs as part of the event.
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