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Boston area author readings May 16-22

Posted by guest  May 13, 2010 10:10 AM

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Maybe you've already noticed but there is no shortage of famous writers in the area. Greater Boston must have more per square mile than any other city in American, with the possible exception of that metropolis that shall not be named. But the talent pool is even deeper than that. See for yourself this Friday as writers from UMass-Boston and Emerson College MFA programs read at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith.

For the rest of the list, read on.

SUNDAY: Tupelo Press poets and editors read at 3 p.m., at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord ($6) … Jay Atkinson reads from “Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac’s Lost Highway and My Search for America,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.

MONDAY: Frances Lappe discusses “Getting a Grip 2,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Meghan Daum discusses “Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner, Brookline … Emily Giffin reads from “Heart of the Matter,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Marla Frazee discusses “All the World,” at 4 p.m., and Sue Miller discusses “The Lake Shore Limited,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

TUESDAY: William Martin discusses “City of Dreams,” at 7:30 p.m., at Beebe Library, 345 Main St., Wakefield … Brady Udall discusses “The Lonely Polygamist,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Dawn Paul discusses “The Country of Loneliness,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Anita Diamant hosts a discussion of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris discus “The Invisible Gorilla,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Unity Dow and Max Essex discuss “Saturday Is for Funerals,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Mark Williams discusses “Uncontrolled Risk,” at 6 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square.

WEDNESDAY: Sue Miller reads from “The Lake Shore Limited,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … William Martin discusses “City of Dreams,” at 5:30 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses “The Black Swan,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Holly LeCraw reads from “The Swimming Pool,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Science journalist and author Dava Sobel speaks at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Ashmita Khasnabish discusses “Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime,” at 6 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.

THURSDAY: Juliet Schor discusses “Plenitude,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … James Greer (“The Failure”) and Joseph Mattson (“Empty the Sun”) speak at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Robert Whitaker discusses “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Jennifer Belle (“The Seven-Year Bitch”) and David Goodwillie (“American Subversive”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Elyssa East discusses “Dogtown,” at 7 p.m., at Cary Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington.

FRIDAY: Stephen Burt and David Mikics discuss “The Art of the Sonnet,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store.

SATURDAY: Poet Kathleen Rooney, poet Elisa Gabbert, and novelist Zoe Zolbrod speak at 5 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Francisco Stork discusses “The Last Summer of the Death Warriors,” at 2 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Frank Schaeffer reads from his work on the evolution of his personal faith at 2 p.m., at Cornerstone Books. 45 Layayette St., Salem … The Royall House Association’s annual fundraiser, “Spring Celebration,” featuring M.T. Anderson (“The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing”) takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., at 15 George St., Medford; for tickets ($35), email RoyallHouseEvent@aol.com or call 781-396-9032 … Steven Stark and Harrison Stark discuss “World Cup 2010,” at 3 p.m., at Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave., Belmont.

Announcements must arrive at globebookmaking@hotmail.com two weeks before publication date. Events are subject to change.

Posted by Judith Maas, Globe correspondent

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