It was near the end of World War II. There were 24 members of the US military aboard a plane on a sightseeing excursion when it crashed into the New Guinea jungle in an area inhabited by cannabalistic tribes. Only three survived: a severely injured sergeant, a beautiful WAC, a lieutenant who lost his twin in the accident. Mitchell Zuckoff’s "Lost in Shangri-La'' chronicles the trio's battle for survival and the military operation to rescue them. Zuckoff will discuss his book Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Rockport Public Library and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Newtonville Books.
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SUNDAY: Rebecca Rasmussen reads from “The Bird Sisters,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Prize-winning student poets read at 2 p.m., at Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge … The Bookstore, 61 Main St., Gloucester, hosts a book release party at 3 p.m., for Patrick Doud’s fantasy novel, “The Mornith War.”
MONDAY: Mark Chester discusses “Twosomes,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Dorian Mintzer and Roberta Taylor discuss “The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle,” at noon, at Margolis and Bloom, LLP, 553 Boylston St., 8th floor (lunch provided); to register, call 617-267-9700 or email email@example.com.
TUESDAY: Kelle Groom reads from “I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Michael R. Canfield and Piotr Naskrecki discuss “Field Notes on Science and Nature,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern discuss “Culinary Tea,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley; for reservations, call 781-431-1160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org … Young adult authors Sara Shepard (“Pretty Little Liars #8”), Maureen Johnson (“The Last Little Blue Envelope”), and Sarah Mlynowski (“Ten Little Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have”)) speak at 7 p.m., at Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Road, Natick (doors open and book sales begin at 6 p.m.); for more information and book signing rules, visit www.wellesleybooks.com … Susan Fillion reads from “Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Anne Easter Smith reads from “Queen by Right,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Joy Ashe discusses “Gene Defense,” at 9 a.m., and serves on an authors panel at 10:30 a.m., at Langley Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland; she speaks again at 7 p.m., at Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop.
WEDNESDAY: Oscar Hijuelos reads from “Thoughts without Cigarettes,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Laura Harrington reads from “Alice Bliss,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … “The Common” contributors Ilan Stavans and Sabina Murray speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books ... Mystery authors Clea Simon ("Dogs Don't Lie") and Deborah Grabien ("Graceland") read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville
THURSDAY: Anthony M. Sammarco discusses “Dorchester: A Compendium,” at 6:30 p.m., at Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St., Dorchester … Mark Seal discusses “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Julie Winch discusses “The Clamorgans,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Kelle Groom reads from “I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl,” at 7 p.m., at Concord Bookshop … Ilie Ruby discusses “The Language of Trees,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Ann Patchett reads from “State of Wonder,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books ... Mitchell Zuckoff discusses "Lost in Shangri-La," at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books.
SATURDAY: A. E. Ramsay signs “Turtle Soup and Tiramisu,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Wellesley Books.
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