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Boston area author readings Sept. 18-24

Posted by guest  September 15, 2011 10:49 AM

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Pioneering environmentalist Frances Moore Lappe believes the biggest ecological problem currently facing humanity is all in our minds. Lappe, author of the classic "Diet for a Small Planet,'' argues in her new book "Ecomind'' that one of the major hurdles we face involves the "thought traps'' that bring on fear, guilt, and despair and keep us from joining together to fully understand the problems and devise personal and communal solutions. Lappe will discuss her book Monday at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.

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

SUNDAY: Young adult author Jack Gantos reads from “Dead End in Norvelt,” at 2 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Tom Piazza discusses “Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America,” at 4 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge

MONDAY: Tom Perrotta reads from “The Leftovers,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Lou Ureneck discusses “Cabin,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Anthony Sammarco discusses “Hyde Park Then and Now,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Hyde Park Branch Library, 35 Harvard St., Hyde Park.

TUESDAY: Novelist, short story writer, and translator Lydia Davis speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College, Wellesley … Laura Goode discusses “Sister Mischief,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Sven Birkerts (“The Other Walk”) and Lev Grossman (“The Magician King”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Roya Hakakian discusses “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Stacy Schiff (“Cleopatra”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Suzanne LaFleur reads from “Eight Keys,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Joni Seager and Cynthia Enloe discuss "The Real State of America Atlas," at 7 p.m., at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham … “Ploughshares” co-founder DeWitt Henry (“Sweet Dreams: A Family History”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store; poet Gail Mazur also reads … Mary Catherine Bateson discusses “Composing a Further Life,” at 7 p.m., at Whittemore Robbins House (behind Robbins Library), 670R Mass. Ave., Arlington; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Craig Thompson discusses “Habibi,” 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 … Paula Caplan discusses “When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Tom Ryan discusses “Following Atticus,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sam McBratney (“Guess How Much I Love You”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Books … Wayne Hoffman reads from “Sweet Like Sugar,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Stacy Schiff discusses “Cleopatra,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

THURSDAY: Emily Fox-Kales discusses “Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Stephen McCauley (“Insignificant Others”) and Leah Hager Cohen (“The Grief of Others”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Sebastian Barry (“On Canaan’s Side”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Anthony Sammarco discusses “The Baker Chocolate Company,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Dedham Historical Society, 612 High St., Dedham … Children’s author Peter Brown (“You Will Be My Friend”) speaks at 10:30 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, and at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library … Dr. Ava Shamban discusses “Heal Your Skin,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Ellen Fitzpatrick discusses “Letters to Jackie,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books; RSVP 781-431-1160 or events@wellesleybooks.com … Harvard Book Store holds a release party for its comics anthology, “Minimum Paige,” at 7 p.m. … William Shields discusses “The Farewell Christmas,” at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Tom MacDonald reads from “The Charlestown Connection,” at 6 p.m., at Olivia Browning, 20 City Square, Charlestown … Aine Greaney reads from “Dance Lessons,” at 7:30 p.m., at Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.

FRIDAY: Karl Marlantes discusses “What It Is Like to Go to War,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Poets Afaa Michael Weaver, Nick Demske, and Rebecca Wolff read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Janet Ruth Young (“The Babysitter Murders”) speaks at 3 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … David W. Blight discusses “American Oracle,” at 3 p.m., and Martha Southgate discusses “The Taste of Salt,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Steve Ulfelder reads from “Purgatory Chasm,” at 6 p.m., at the Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport … The Salem Literary Festival opens; for schedule and other information, visit www.salemlitfest.com.

SATURDAY: Nina Corwin and Steven Riel read from "The Uncertainty of Maps" and "Postcard from P-Town," at 4 p.m., at Back Pages Books.

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


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