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Greater Boston author readings Nov. 6-12

Posted by guest  November 3, 2011 03:30 PM

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SUNDAY: Charles C. Mann (“1493”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Paul Pratt Memorial Library, 35 Ripley Road, Cohasset; for more information, call library at 781-383-1348.

MONDAY: Poets Carol Moldaw and Lisa Olstein read at 8 p.m., at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Joan Didion (“Blue Nights”) speaks at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 1446 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; or by calling 617-661-1515 … Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers discuss “The Truth about Girls and Boys,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Lavinia Spalding and contributors to “Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011” speak at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Dennis Broe discusses “Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … New England Poetry Club prize winners read at 7 p.m., at Harvard-Yenching Common Room 136, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Joy Ashe discusses “Gene Defense,” at 7 p.m., at Bellingham Public Library, 100 Blackstone St., Bellingham ... Peter Sis discusses "Conference of the Birds," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.

TUESDAY: Ha Jin (“Nanjing Requiem”) and Josh Rolnick (“Pulp and Paper”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books …Lisa Randall discusses “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” 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 … Former senator Bob Graham discusses “Keys to the Kingdom,” at 7 p.m., at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham … Julian Seifter discusses “After the Diagnosis,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Jennifer Jean discusses “The Selected Poems of Anne Sexton,” at 10:30 a.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10 or visit www.peabodylibrary.org ... Vanessa Diffenbaugh ("Language of Flowers") speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

WEDNESDAY: Jonathan Lethem (“The Ecstasy of Influence”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com. Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Michael Nielsen discusses “Reinventing Discovery” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church Parish House, 3 Church St., Cambridge … Peter L. Berger (“Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Niall Ferguson (“Civilization”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … William McKeen discusses “Mile Marker Zero,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … The launch of AGNI 74, featuring readings by Sydney Lea, Sarah Braunstein, Jonathan Wilson, and William Giraldi, takes place at 7 p.m., at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave. … Ha Jin (“Nanjing Requiem”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, One Worcester Rd., Framingham … Susan Rava discusses “Swimming Solo: A Daughter’s Memoir of Her Parents, His Parents, and Alzheimer’s Disease,” at 7:30 p.m., at Weston Public Library, 87 School St., Weston.

THURSDAY: Adam Gopnik (“The Table Comes First”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com; Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Daniel Kahneman discusses “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” at 7:30 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jay Wexler discusses “The Odd Clauses,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Joy Ashe (“Gene Defense”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland … Hisham Matar signs “Anatomy of a Disappearance,” at 6:45 p.m., and Barry Levine discusses “Say No to Aging,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Newton homeowners Bill and Gillian Pierce, featured in “The Best Homes from This Old House,” by Kevin O’Connor and Michael Casey, speak at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Stephanie Schorow (“The Coconut Grove Fire”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Paul Pratt Memorial Library; for more information, call library at 781-383-1348 ... Porter Square Books presents "Pitcha-palooza," with David Sterry and Arielle Eckstut; for more information, visit www.portersquarebooks.com.

FRIDAY: Willard Sterne Randall discusses “Ethan Allen,” at 3 p.m., and William Kennedy discusses “Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Marissa Guggiana discusses “Off the Menu,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … A panel discussion on Jane Jacobs’s “The Death and Life on Great Cities,” featuring former governor Michael Dukakis, takes place at 7:30 p.m., in Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester; doors open at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY: Umberto Eco (“The Prague Cemetery”) gives a reading and speaks with Cullen Murphy at 4 p.m., at First Parish Church, Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Sam Hoffman (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”), comedian Jon Fisch, and Rabbi Moshe Waldoks (“The Big Book of Jewish Humor”) speak at 7:30 p.m., at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton; for ticket information, visit jccgb.org/arts or contact 617-965-5226 or boxoffice@jccgb.org.

Announcements must arrive at boston.globe.bookings@gmail.com two weeks before publication date. Events are subject to change.


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