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Boston area author readings April 3-9

Posted by guest  March 31, 2011 10:09 AM

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Theirs was a long and happy marriage. Two talented writers who shared a life of achievement and a love of language. What happens when one loses the ability to communicate? In “One Hundred Names for Love,” Diane Ackerman recounts the tale of massive stroke that robbed her husband, Paul West, of the ability to use words and of her poignant battle to help him recover. Ackerman will discusses her memoir on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library.

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


SUNDAY: Daphne Kalotay reads from “Russian Winter,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Kathleen Lockwood discusses “Major League Bride,” at 2 p.m., at Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH.

MONDAY: Harlow Giles Unger discusses “American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Poets Christina Davis and Anna Maria Hong read at 7 p.m., at the Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Boxing writer George Kimball discusses “Manly Art,” at 7 p.m., at Four Green Fields, 1 Boston Place.

TUESDAY: Andre Dubus III reads from “Townie,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Peter Godwin discusses “The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Juliette Fay reads from “Deep Down True,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Paul Waldau discusses “Animal Rights,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Paolo Giordana (“The Solitude of Prime Numbers”) and Alexi Zentner (“Touch”) read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Massachusetts Cultural Council grant winners read from their work at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Joseph Lelyveld discusses “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15); for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Adam Pertman discusses “Adoption Nation,” at 6 p.m., at the Inn at Harvard, 1201 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; RSVP mleonard@adoptioninstitute.org.

WEDNESDAY: Jonathan Kozol (“Letters to a Young Teacher”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Donna Leon discusses “Drawing Conclusions,” at 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5); tickets available from Brookline Booksmith … Anne Lamott reads from “Imperfect Birds,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Michael Willrich reads from “Pox: An American History,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books … Steven Schlozman discusses “The Zombie Autopsies,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp discuss “Table of Contents,” at 6:30 p.m., at Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott.

THURSDAY: Jennet Conant discusses “A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Novelist and “Ploughshares” guest editor Colm Toibin reads from his work at 6 p.m., at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St. … Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (“36 Arguments for the Existence of God”) and Judith Shulevitz (“The Sabbath World”) speak on the topic “Is Belief Beside the Point?,” at 7 p.m., at the Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton; for tickets ($12), go to www.jccgb.org/bookfair or call 617-965-5226 ... Julia Glass (“The Widower’s Tale”) speaks at 7 p.m., at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St., West Roxbury … Marc Freedman discusses “The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Judith Aronson discusses “Likenesses,” at 6 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Howard Erlichman discusses “Conquest, Tribute, and Trade,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Bart Ehrman discusses “Forged: Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Gesine Bullock-Prado discusses “Sugar Baby” and gives a candy-making demonstration at7 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

FRIDAY: Thomas Teal reads from “Fair Play,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store …Rye Barcott discusses “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Cheetah Chrome (“A Dead Boy’s Tale”), Mike Hudson (“Diary of a Punk”), and Bob Pfeifer (“University of Strangers”) speak at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Ashley Judd (“All That Is Bitter and Sweet”) speaks at 6:30 p.m., at C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St. ... Kyle Darcy ("Under Current Conditions") speaks at 6 p.m., at the Freeport Taven, 70 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.


SATURDAY: Taylor Stoehr (“The Paul Goodman Reader,” “Drawing the Line Once Again: Paul Goodman’s Anarchist Writings”) speaks at 8 p.m., at Raven Used Books, 263 Newbury St. … Jim Coogan discusses “Cape Odd,” at 2:30 p.m., at the Centerville Library, 585 Main St., Centerville.

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

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