He was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, but to his family he was a sometimes dark and mercurial presence whose moods would rule those of the household. Alexandra Styron will discuss “Reading My Father,” her memoir of her life with her father, William Styron, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.
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MONDAY: Elisa New discusses “Jacob’s Cane,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Josh Kilmer Purcell discusses “The Bucolic Plague,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Robin Brenner gives a talk on “History of Comics and Graphic Novels,” at 7 p.m., at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10 or register online at http://wwwpeabodylibrary.org.
TUESDAY: Nancy Gertner discusses “In Defense of Women,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; or by calling 617-661-1515 … Jay Atkinson reads from “Tauvernier Street,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Steve Himmer (“The Bee-Loud Glade”) and Manuel Munoz (“What You See in the Dark”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville; introduced by Julia Glass … Miranda Kennedy (“Sideways on a Scooter”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Katherine Hall Page (“The Body in the Gazebo”) and Hallie Ephron (“Come and Find Me”) read at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown… Thomas Pletzinger reads from “Funeral for a Dog,” at 7 p.m., at the Goethe Institut, 170 Beacon St. … Susan Conley reads from “The Foremost Good Fortune,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Sound End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.
WEDNESDAY: Francis Fukayama discusses “The Origins of Political Order,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … David Rivard (“Otherwise Elsewhere”) reads at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Cathleen Schine reads from “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Poets Pablo Medina, William Corbett, and Gail Mazur read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok present a workshop based on their book, “Help Me Get Ready to Read" at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley; RSVP 781-431-1160 or firstname.lastname@example.org … Ethan Gilsdorf, David Valdes Greenwood, and Paige Williams speak on narrative journalism at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($6) … Marla R. Miller discusses “Betsy Ross and the Making of America,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George St., Medford … The College Club of Boston, 44 Comm. Ave., presents a dinner at 6 p.m. and a talk by mystery and cookbook author Katherine Hall Page (“Have Faith in Your Kitchen”) ($35); for reservations (required), call 617-536-9510.
THURSDAY: James Carroll (“Jerusalem, Jerusalem”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Demetri Martin discusses “This Is a Book,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Andrea Levy reads from “The Long Song,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … David Kelly discusses “The Ballpark Mysteries,” at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Books … Carol Wallace discusses “Leaving Van Gogh,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15); for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Marianne Leone reads from “Jesse,” at 7:30 p.m., at Melrose Public Library, 69 W. Emerson St., Melrose … Contributors to “Sisters,” edited by Jan Freeman, speak at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Edwin Hagenstein discusses “American Georgics,” at 7 p.m., at Maynard Library, 77 Nason St., Maynard.
FRIDAY: Howie Carr discusses “Hitman,” at 7:30 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Chuck Hogan (“Prince of Thieves”) speaks at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Gilbert Gottfried (“Rubber Balls and Liquor”) speaks at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Sugata Bose discusses “His Majesty’s Opponent,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store …The Social Science Club of Newton holds a reception to celebrate the publication of “From Hearth to Horizons: 125 Years of the Social Science Club,” at 5:30 p.m., at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton.
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