Overeating? Turns out it might not be completely your fault. Dr. David Kessler, a pediatrician and former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, will appear at the Harvard Book Store on Tuesday to discuss the ways the food industry influences what we eat. His book "The End of Overeating:Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite'' has just been released in paperback. The event is free.
And now, for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Cambridge Forum and PEN New England present a panel discussion on “Howard Zinn and the Freedom to Write,” at 2 p.m., at First Parish, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Julia Glass reads from “The Widower’s Tale,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Katie Smith Milway discusses “The Good Garden,” from 4 to 5 p.m., at Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St., Natick … T.M. and Seton Murphy sign “The Running Waves,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Borders, 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill.
MONDAY: Gish Jen discusses “World and Town,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Alan Khazei (“Big Citizenship”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … John D’Auria (“Ten Lessons in Leadership and Learning”) speaks at 4 p.m. for educators and at 7 p.m. for parents at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Poets Lynne Potts and Sumita Chakraborty read at 7 p.m., at Harvard-Yenching Common Room 136, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Gay Talese discusses “The Silent Season of a Hero,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15; for reservations, call 617-720-7600) … Jean Mason discusses “View from 410: When Home Is Co-Housing,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Monique Truong reads from “Bitter in the Mouth,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Katrina Kenison (“Mitten Strings for God,” “The Gift of an Ordinary Day”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Book Ends … Mick Foley signs “Countdown to Lockdown,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square.
WEDNESDAY: Julia Glass reads from “The Widower’s Tale,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Antonya Nelson reads from “Bound,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Roger Sutton and Martha Parvanno discuss “Family of Readers,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books ... Daphne Kolatay reads from "Russian Winter," at 7 p.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers ... Michael Cunningham ("By Nightfall") speaks at 6 p.m., and Neil Miller ("Banned in Boston") speaks at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
THURSDAY: Douglas Starr discusses “Killer of the Little Shepherds,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sebastian Stuart reads from “To the Manor Dead,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Deborah Fallows discusses “Dreaming in Chinese,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Michelle Hoover reads from “The Quickening,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University …Eileen Myles reads at 7 p.m., in Rm. 6-120, 77 Mass. Ave., MIT, Cambridge.
FRIDAY: Frank Dikotter discusses “Mao’s Great Famine,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Patricia Maclachlan (“I Didn’t Do It”) reads at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley … Kate DiCamillo (“Because of Winn-Dixie”) appears at 6:30 p.m., at the Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, for a movie showing, Q&A session, and book signing; tickets ($5), available from Porter Square Books (theater doors open at 6 p.m.) ... Justin Spring reads from "Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward," at 7 p.m., at Calamus Bookstore, 92B South St.
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Posted by Judith Maas