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Boston area author readings May 1-7

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Internationally renowned writers Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Elif Shafak, Daniel Orozco, and Leila Aboulela will discuss their recent work and the global literary community at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as part of the PEN World Voices Tour. Khemiri grew up in Sweden, the son of a Tunisian father and a Swedish mother. He is the author, most recently, of the novel "Montecore.'' Shafak is an award-winning novelist who was born in France and writes in Turkish and English. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and include the novel "The Bastard of Istanbul'' and her recent memoir, "Black Milk.'' Orozco is a short story writer whose work has appeared in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, as well as in publications such as Harper’s Magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, and McSweeney’s. Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose books include "Coloured Lights,'' "The Translator,'' "Minaret,'' and most recently "Lyrics Alley.''

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SUNDAY: Elisabeth Townsend discusses "Lobster: A Global History," at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.

MONDAY: Poets Philip Burnham, Naomi Chase, Krikor Der Hohannesian, and Richard Fein read at 7 p.m., at Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Felice Cohen discusses “What Papa Told Me,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Jacqueline Davies (“Lemonade Crime”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley ... Norb Vonnegut reads from "The Gods of Greenwich," at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.

TUESDAY: Howie Carr (“Hitman”) speaks at 7:30 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Rob Sheffield reads from “Talking to Girls about Duran Duran,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Ann Packer reads from “Swim Back to Me,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … John Sayles discusses “A Moment in the Sun,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge ... David Emerson discusses "Overcoming Trauma through Yoga," at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.

WEDNESDAY: Mystery authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Cara Black, and Hallie Ephron speak at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Daniel Clowes reads from “Mr. Wonderful,” at 6 p.m., at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline (tickets required; $5) …Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Elif Shafak, Daniel Orozco, and Leila Aboulela discuss the PEN World Voices Tour at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Mitch Zuckoff reads from “Lost in Shangri-La,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books ... Charles Fishman discusses "The Big Thirst," at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.

THURSDAY: Ralph Nader (“Only the Super Rich Can Save Us”) speaks at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge; for tickets ($5), call 617-495-2727 or visit www.cambridgeforum.org … Mystery authors Hallie Ephron, Cara Black, and Hank Phillippi Ryan read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper discuss “Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Maisie Houghton discusses “Pitch Uncertain,” at noon, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St.; for tickets, call 617-720-7600 … David Bezmozgis (“The Free World”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Karen Day (“A Million Miles to Boston”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books ... David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo discuss "Out of Character," at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.

FRIDAY: Victoria Zackheim discusses “He Said What?,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Geraldine Brooks reads from “Caleb’s Crossing,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Nikki Sixx signs “This Is Gonna Hurt,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Steve Himmer, Deborah Swiss, Ron Tanner, and Timothy Gager read at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge … Anne Easter Smith reads from “Queen by Night,” at 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky Books, 50 Water St., Newburyport

SATURDAY: Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok present a workshop based on their book, “Help Me Get Ready to Read: The Practical Guide for Reading Aloud to Children During Their First Five Years," at 10 a.m., at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westboro … Aine Greaney (“Dance Lessons”), Pamela Greenberg (“The Complete Psalms”), and Jedediah Berry (“The Manual of Detection”) present readings on “Mothers Delightful Dangerous and Divine,” at 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky Bookshop … Children’s author Willow Bascomb (“The Paisley Pig and Friends”) speaks at 2 p.m., at Book Ends.

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


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