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Boston area author readings Oct. 24-30

Posted by guest  October 21, 2010 10:08 AM

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Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, will talk about her new memoir, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People,” at the Kennedy Library on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rice, whose memoir traces her life from her childhood in racially torn Birmingham, Ala., through the halls of the University of Denver, Notre Dame, and Stanford University and eventually to the White House, also will speak Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at C. Walsh Theatre on the campus of Suffolk University.

And now for the rest of the list, read on.

SUNDAY: A panel discussion on “Historic Concord” takes place at 3 p.m., at the Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord.

MONDAY: Alexander McCall Smith (“No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Jessica Treadway (“Please Come Back to Me”) and poet Colin Cheney read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Dinaw Mengetsu reads from “How to Read the Air,” at 6 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Robert D. Kaplan (“Monsoon”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Bruce Machart discusses “Wake of Forgiveness,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.

TUESDAY: Robert Atwan, John H. Summers, and Lauren Slater discuss “The Best American Essays 2010,” 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 … Novelist Russell Banks speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College … Mona Simpson reads from “My Hollywood,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Kathleen Lockwood discusses “Major League Bride,” at 7:30 p.m., at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., Concord … Julia Glass (“The Widower’s Tale”) and Daphne Kalotay (“Russian Winter”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Frederick T. Golder discusses “Uncivil Rights,” at 7 p.m., at the Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover … Tracy Winn (“Mrs. Somebody Somebody”) and Cindy Phoel (“Cold Snap”) read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Eric Klinenberg (“Fighting for Air”) speaks at 7 p.m. in Murray Function Room, Boston College, Chestnut Hill.

WEDNESDAY: Jonathon Alsop discusses “Wine Lover’s Devotional,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Mark Morrison-Reed discusses “In-Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Erin Blakemore (“The Heroine’s Bookshelf”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Rick Moody (“The Four Fingers of Death”) and Jabari Asim (“A Taste of Honey”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Lan Samantha Chang discusses “All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Suzanne Berne reads from “Missing Lucile,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

THURSDAY: Oliver Sacks discusses “The Mind’s Eye,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Kevin Davies (“The $1,000 Genome”) speaks at 7:30 p.m., at Emerson Hospital, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord … Bruce MacBain reads from “Roman Games,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Lan Samantha Chang (“All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost”) and Noam Shpancer (“The Good Psychologist”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Pamela Painter (“Wouldn’t You Like to Know”) reads at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Ned Vizzini (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) and Timothy Gager (“An Angry Psychologist’s Thursday Appointments”) read at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith … Erin Blakemore and Mike Madrid speak on “Heroines: Literary and Super,” at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Jason Mulgrew discusses “Everything Is Wrong with Me,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Jon Katz discusses “Rose in a Storm,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Rd., Framingham …

FRIDAY: Mystery authors Elyssa East, Rosemary Herbert, and Raffi Yessayan speak at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library … Laurie Halse Anderson (“Forge”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley … Jenna Blum discusses “The Stormchasers,” at 11 a.m., at Pratt Memorial Library, 35 Ripley Rd., Cohasset … Ian Morris discusses “Why the West Rules--For Now,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store ... Lauren Willig ("The Secret of the Pink Carnation") speaks at 3 p.m., at the College Club of Boston, 44 Comm. Ave. ($35 per person, plus tax and club charge; for reservations, call
617-536-9510, ext. 10).

SATURDAY: William Powers discusses “Hamlet’s Blackberry,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Thoreau Institute, 44 Baker Farm, Lincoln.

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



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