With the sun firing up and the beach beckoning, tis the season to kick back and read mysteries. A few months back, the Globe's Don Aucoin wrote a piece looking at which local writers appeared to be poised to assume the mantle of the King of Boston Crime Fiction in the wake of the passing of Robert Parker in January. Aucoin's Big Four included: Raffi Yessayan, Margaret McLean, Dave Zeltserman, and Paul Tremblay. If you're unfamiliar with these writers and would like a taste of who they are and what they do, head to Hingham Public Library at 66 Leavitt St. on Thursday evening at 7 when the four will discuss their latest books and the art of writing mysteries.
For the rest of the list, read on.
By Judith Maas
SUNDAY: George M. Foy discusses “Zero Decibels,” at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Michael Malyszko and Judith Hughes discuss “Tammy Does Boston,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.
MONDAY: Peter Napier discusses “Check Lists for Success,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St.; for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Jessica Leader discusses “Nice and Mean,” at 6:30 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … David Means reads from “The Spot,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Jennifer Egan discusses “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Deborah Noyes discusses “Captivity,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Aimee Bender (“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”) and Belle Boggs (“Mattaponi Queen”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … William Powers discusses “Twelve by Twelve,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … John A. Rich discusses “Wrong Place, Wrong Time,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge ... John Emmeus Davis, editor of "The Community Land Trust Reader," speaks at 4:30 p.m., at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 113 Brattle St., Cambridge.
WEDNESDAY: Stephen McCauley reads from “Insignificant Others,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Simon Rich reads from “Elliot Allagash,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Christopher Hitchens discusses “Hitch-22,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Karen Pryor presents a dog clicker training workshop and signs “Reaching the Animal Mind,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop …Clara Silverstein discusses “A White House Garden Cookbook,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith; RSVP 781-431-1160.
THURSDAY: Tracy Winn (“Mrs. Somebody Somebody”) and Cindy Phoel (“Cold Snap”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Cynthia Enloe reads from “Nimo’s War Emma’s War,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … David Chambers (“The Old Whitaker Place”) and John Cotter (“Under the Small Lights”) speak at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith … Ken Lizotte discusses “The Expert’s Edge,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord …. Holly LeCraw discusses “The Swimming Pool,” at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Author Tom Dunlop, boat builders Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin, and photographer Alison Shaw discuss "Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha's Vineyard," at 6 p.m., at A.R.T. Meeting Room, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square Cambridge; for reservations, call 617-649-5700 x 21 … Belle Boggs reads from “Mattaponi Queen,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Thomas Fleming discusses “Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
FRIDAY: Kathryn Schulz discusses “Being Wrong,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … William Martin signs “City of Dreams,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Rd., Framingham … Jamie Cat Callan discusses “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone,” at 7 p.m., at Jamaicaway Books, 676 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
SATURDAY: Grace Lin discusses “Ling and Ting,” at 3 p.m., at Porter Square Books.
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