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Porter Square Books

25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

United States

(617) 491-2220; infoportersquarebooks.com

Type: Bookstore — new books

Web site: http://portersquarebooks.com/

Events: http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event

Twitter account: @PorterSqBooks

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: We love to talk about books and have plenty of perfect gift and great read suggestions. If you can't find the right book we also sell gift cards. We are happy to order books for you. We also offer shipping, complementary gift wrapping and audio book rental.

Porter Square Books also sells ebooks in a number of formats for a wide variety of reading devices. Read more here.

Cafe Zing inside Porter Square Books features products from local bakeries served alongside fair-trade coffee and organic espresso from Equal Exchange, as well as a free hour of wifi with every purchase!

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Upcoming events

Apr
16
D. Foy, Made to Break (Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm)
"Reading D. Foy's prose is like watching Robert Stone and Wallace Stevens drag race across a frozen lake at midnight." Anthony Swofford Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends--three men and two women--head to a remote cabin near Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holidays. They've been buddies forever, banded together by scrapes and squalor, their relationships defined by these wild times. After a car accident leaves one friend sick and dying, and severe weather traps them at the cabin, there is nowhere to go, forcing them to finally and ultimately take stock and confront their past transgressions, considering what they mean to one another and to themselves. With some of the most luminous and purple prose flexed in recent memory, D. Foy is an incendiary new voice and "Made to Break," a grand, episodic debut, redolent of the stark conscience of Denis Johnson and the spellbinding vision of Roberto Bolano. D. Foy has had work published or forthcoming in BOMB, Post Road, the Literary Review, the Georgia Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and Laundromat, an homage to photographs of laundromats throughout New York City.

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Apr
17
Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? (Thursday, April 17 at 09:30am)
Norbert, a three-pound mix of chihuahua, Lhasa Apso, and Cairn terrier, is a certified therapy dog who makes regular visits to Boston Children's Hospital.

To celebrate the release of a new picture book all about him, Norbert is visiting Boston-area schools throughout April. He's also paying a visit to the bookstore, and everyone is invited to stop by and meet Norbert.

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Apr
17
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living with a Wild God at the Cambridge Public Library, in conversation with John Summers (Thursday, April 17 at 6:30pm)
Join Porter Square Books at the Cambridge Public Library for Barbara Ehrenreich in conversation with John Summers. In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living with a Wild God brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Living with a Wild God combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement. Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia. John Summers is the editor in chief of The Baffler and founder and president of the Baffler Foundation. He’s the author of an essay collection, Every Fury on Earth, and editor of three collections of cultural criticism: The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills, Dwight Macdonald’s Masscult and Midcult, and James Agee’s Cotton Tenants. He received his PhD in intellectual history from the University of Rochester in 2006. From 2000 to 2007 he taught social studies at Harvard University. He still lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Please Note: This is an offsite event at the Cambridge Public Library.

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Apr
17
Judith Nies, Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West (Thursday, April 17 at 7pm)
An epic struggle over land, water, and power is erupting in the American West and the halls of Washington, DC. It began when a 4,000-square-mile area of Arizona desert called Black Mesa was divided between the Hopi and Navajo tribes. To the outside world, it was a land struggle between two fractious Indian tribes; to political insiders and energy corporations, it was a divide-and-conquer play for the 21 billion tons of coal beneath Black Mesa. Today, that coal powers cheap electricity for Los Angeles, a new water aqueduct into Phoenix, and the neon dazzle of Las Vegas. Journalist and historian Judith Nies has been tracking this story for nearly four decades. She follows the money and tells us the true story of wealth and water, mendacity, and corruption at the highest levels of business and government. Amid the backdrop of the breathtaking desert landscape, "Unreal City" shows five cultures colliding--Hopi, Navajo, global energy corporations, Mormons, and US government agencies--resulting in a battle over resources and the future of the West. Las Vegas has much to teach us in an era of climate change. The desert city may still attract 39 million visitors a year, but tourists don’t see a city with the highest rates of foreclosure, unemployment, or suicide in the nation. They don’t see the astonishing drop in the water level of Lake Mead, or follow the route of “the new Chinatown,” a multi-billion dollar water-pipeline into a mountain aquifer 200-miles north. The same mining and construction companies operate globally and are spending millions to convince us that climate change isn’t happening and coal can be “clean.” But for Las Vegas, and for the United States, the mirage of limitless supply and limitless wealth. Judith Nies is the award-winning author of three nonfiction books- The Girl I Left Behind: A Personal History of the 1960s, Nine women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, and Native American history: A Chronology, which won the Phi Alpha Theta prize in international history. Nies’s journalism, book reviews, and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Orion, Harvard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and American Voice. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Apr
21
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Monday, April 21 at 7pm)
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written a wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain “In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere.” Booklist Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young adult novels, including Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, which has been translated in over twenty languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Apr
22
Steven Cohen, The Practical Negotiator (Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm)
“Steven Cohen’s book, The Practical Negotiator is a well-written practical guide to the art and science of negotiation. Reflecting the voice of a highly skilled negotiation trainer and mentor, this “hands on” primer offers a nuanced understanding of the benefits and opportunities resulting from an interest-based approach to negotiations. I found the author’s practical advice, offered in a concise Q and A format, to be pure gold.” Bennett G. Picker, Esquire, author of Mediation Practice Guide “A treasure trove filled with golden nuggets, based on sound, practical advice and deep understanding of how best to handle negotiations. Cohen’s extensive international experience shines through, and the wide range of real-life situations covered, makes this a book to refer back to again and again.” Brian Gosschalk, Head of Presidents’ Office, Ipsos Steven P. Cohen’s careers in government and politics, in real estate development and management, and as a negotiation consultant for many of the largest businesses in the world have given him ample opportunity to hone both his own negotiating skills and those of his clients and students. In addition to his private sector consulting, he has been a professor since the mid-1990s at Groupe HEC (Paris) and Brandeis University’s International Business School (Boston), as well as a visiting professor at other business schools in the United States and several European countries.

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Apr
23
Frannie Lindsay and Gwen Jensen, Our Vanishing and Birthright (Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm)
“Endlessly inventive and packed with small surprises, these poems turn the ordinary inside-out. Their quiet elegance belies their urgency, always underlying and makes the language all the more powerful for its restraint…Frannie Lindsay is among the very best of her generation, and Our vanishing is one of the most honest, moving books I’ve read in years.” Chase Twitchell "Birthright is a collection of poetry begs to be read again and again, with the poet's masterful use of rhythm and form, of repetition..." Comstock Review Frannie Lindsay’s previous volumes of poetry are Mayweed, Lamb, and Where She Always Was. Her awards include the Washington Prize, the Perugia Award, the May Swensen Award, and The Missouri Review Prize. Her work has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column “American Life in Poetry,” and on Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has received several Pushcart nominations. Gwendolyn Jensen’s first book of poetry is Birthright. Her poems have been widely published in both electronic and print journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Harvard Review, Tears in the fence, The Malahat Review, Measure, Salamander, and Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. She serves as a board member of Off the Grid Press. Her second book, As if toward beauty, will be published some time next year.

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Apr
24
Michael Tougias, Rescue of Bounty in Superstorm Sandy (Thursday, April 24 at 7pm)
The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to travel north from the Caribbean toward the eastern seaboard. Yet the captain was determined to sail. As he explained to his crew of fifteen: a ship is always safer at sea than in port. He intended to sail “around the hurricane” and told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship—there would be no hard feelings. As fate would have it, no one took the captain up on his offer. Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on Bounty. The vessel’s failing pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. The ship began to lose power as it was beaten and rocked by hurricane winds that spanned eight hundred miles. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the ship suddenly overturned ninety miles off the North Carolina coast in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” sending the crew tumbling into an ocean filled with towering thirty-foot waves. The coast guard then launched one of the most complex and massive rescues in its history, flying two Jayhawk helicopter crews into the hurricane and lowering rescue swimmers into the raging seas again and again, despite the danger to their own lives. In the uproar heard across American media in the days following, a single question persisted: Why did the captain decide to sail? Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the crew members, their families, and the coast guard, the masterful duo of Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Walbridge, his motivations, and what truly occurred aboard Bounty during those terrifying days at sea. Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including Overboard!, Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), Fatal forecast, and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Apr
28
Francine Prose, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (Monday, April 28 at 7pm)
“A reading experience like none other-a shimmering library of possible truths and forking pathways…Readers of this extraordinary novel become Villars’ co-biographers, piecing through ‘official’ and underground accounts as ample (and as unreliable) as the human library of memory. I was addicted to this book.” Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia “An engrossing literary mystery…Refracting the vivid, villainous life of Louisianne Villars through letters, memoirs, and the recreations of a biographer, Prose coaxes into kaleidoscopic view both a tortured human being and bohemian Paris before and during the Nazi occupation… she cleverly exploits the vain, self-serving nature of memory itself.” Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008. She is the president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.

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Apr
29
Annie Cardi, The Chance You Won’t Return (Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm)
“Cardi delves into issues of love, acceptance, loss and identity in her engaging debut novel. ... The author creates nuanced characters and presents them with their flaws and strengths intact, including a character with a mental disorder who never loses her humanity or becomes a caricature. ... A well-written, first-person narrative about negotiating life’s curve balls that has a realistic ending. An honest, uncompromising story.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school — and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight — the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her? Annie Cardi holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her short stories have appeared in the Georgetown Review, Vestal Review, and other publications. In 2011, PEN New England selected her as a winner of the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript that would become The Chance You Won’t Return, her debut novel. Annie Cardi lives near Boston with her husband and a portrait of a sea captain.

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Apr
30
Susan Rich and Jennifer Markell, The Cloud Pharmacy and Samsara (Wednesday, April 30 at 7pm)
"Cloud Pharmacy is a book of lyric fire. In our epoch of quick and shallow literary conversation it is rare to come across such level of attentiveness as one finds in this book." Ilya Kaminsky "The poems of Samsara represent the beautiful exploitation of our objective reality, reintroducing us to and reinvigorating a world that has been here all along but that most of us fail to recognize or to see most fully. These observations are mediated by a deep belief that we are all the same on this planet, and all equally deserving of grace. This is a very fine debut, deserving of our attention." Bruce Weigl Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World, Cures Include Travel, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, and Cloud Pharmacy. She has received awards from PEN USA, The Times Literary Supplement, and Peace Corps Writers. Her fellowships include an Artists Trust Fellowship from Washington State and a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa. Jennifer Markell's poems have been published in journals nationally and internationally, including The Aurorean (Featured Poet), Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino, and Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology. She is the author of an award-winning chapbook, Leaving the Green Elm Market. Her poetry has been displayed at Boston City Hall, and she was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Jennifer lives with her husband in Jamaica Plain, MA and works as a psychotherapist with a special interest in therapeutic uses of writing

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May
1
Debbie Ohi, Naked (Thursday, May 1 at 09:30am)
A hilarious new book about a boy who refuses to wear clothes, from comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbi Ridpath Ohi, the team that brought you I'm Bored, a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, whose "smart cartoony artwork matches Black's perfect comic timing" (The New York Times Book Review), have paired up again to showcase the antics of an adorable little boy who just doesn't want to get dressed.

Debbie Ohi is the illustrator of I'm Bored and several more books that haven't yet been published. She blogs about her artwork at Inkygirl.com.

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May
1
David McCullough, Jr. will be promoting You Are Not Special (Thursday, May 1 at 7pm)
David McCullough, Jr. will be promoting You Are Not Special (added from HarperCollins)
May
5
Joani Geltman, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens (Monday, May 5 at 7pm)
"A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens is brimming with practical, useful advice; overflowing with humor and warmth; packed with wit and wisdom. An easy read-through, but also a hugely valuable reference for those moments when you need help NOW." — Edward Hallowell, MD, founder of The Hallowell Centers

"When it comes to our kids, how often do we all wish a parenting expert was right there telling us how to deal with each situation that stumps us? The best thing about this book is we can look up the problem we’re facing and get a quick-fix answer. Because honestly, as parents, who has time to read a whole book on this stuff?" — Sara Gilbert, mom, actress, co-host of The Talk, and author of The Imperfect Environmentalist

Parenting expert Joani Geltman presents her no-nonsense guide to getting your teen talking, listening, and back on track.

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May
6
Bill White, America's Fiscal Constitution (Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm)
"Bill White has done something remarkable – he’s written a fascinating book about our economic history that you don’t have to be a policy wonk or historian to enjoy. America’s Fiscal Constitution tells the story of how America has dealt with its debt since its founding, and in doing so provides a compelling roadmap to a more responsible fiscal future." -- President Bill Clinton

America’s Fiscal Constitution tells the remarkable story of fiscal heroes who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt, limits that for two centuries were part of an unwritten constitution. Those national leaders borrowed only for four extraordinary purposes and relied on well-defined budget practices to balance federal spending and revenues.

That traditional fiscal constitution collapsed in 2001. Afterwards—for the first time in history—federal elected officials cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, grew dependent on foreign creditors, and claimed that the economy could not thrive without routine federal borrowing.

For most of the nation’s history, conservatives fought to restrain the growth of government by insisting that new programs be paid for with taxation, while progressives sought to preserve opportunities for people on the way up by balancing budgets. Virtually all mainstream politicians recognized that excessive debt could jeopardize private investment and national independence.

With original scholarship and the benefit of experience in finance and public service, Bill White dispels common budget myths and distills practical lessons from the nation’s five previous spikes in debt. America’s Fiscal Constitution offers an objective and hopeful guide for people trying to make sense of the nation’s current, most severe debt crisis and its impact on their lives and our future.

Bill White is the former mayor of Houston, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy in the Clinton administration.

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May
7
Susan Rich, Cloud Pharmacy (Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm)
"Cloud Pharmacy is a book of lyric fire. In our epoch of quick and shallow literary conversation it is rare to come across such level of attentiveness as one finds in this book."--Ilya Kaminsky

"In a central sequence, Rich explores nineteenth-century photographer Hannah Maynard's proto-surrealistic images, looking in grief-heavy places for revelation. The result is wonderfully strange and unsettling; this is Rich's most haunting collection yet."--Kathleen Flenniken

"Rich's gorgeous poems affix moments, both magnificent and minute. And in exquisite and playful poems, a pageant of a life in process develops before our eyes."--Oliver de la Paz

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May
8
Betsy Leondar-Wright, Missing Class (Thursday, May 8 at 7pm)
In Missing Class, the first comprehensive empirical study of US activist class cultures,Betsy Leondar-Wright looks at class dynamics in twenty-five groups that span the gamut of social movement organizations in the United States today, including the labor movement, grassroots community organizing, and groups working on global causes in the anarchist and progressive traditions. Missing Class applies Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of cultural capital and habitus to four class trajectories: lifelong working-class and poor; lifelong professional middle class; voluntarily downwardly mobile; and upwardly mobile.

Compellingly written for both activists and social scientists, Missing Class describes class differences in paths to activism, attitudes toward leadership, methods of conflict resolution, ways of using language, diversity practices, use of humor, methods of recruiting, and group process preferences. Too often, we miss class. Missing Class makes a persuasive case that seeing class culture differences could enable activists to strengthen their own groups and build more durable cross-class alliances for social justice.

Betsy Leondar-Wright is the Program Director of Class Action (www.classism.org). She is the author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and coauthor of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide.

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May
10
Screen-Free Storytelling (Saturday, May 10 at 7pm)
In conjunction with Screen-Free (Screen-Wise) Week in Cambridge, Porter Square Books welcomes young readers to an evening of storytelling, one of the oldest form of screen-free entertainment.

Doria Hughes, who leads PSB's weekly storytime, will hold two storytelling sessions. The 7pm session is open to kids of all ages. The 8pm session is a little more edgy, and it's for teenagers only.

Participants who show up in pajamas get 10% off their purchases at Cafe Zing.

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May
12
Break These Rules author discussion at Cambridge Public Library (Monday, May 12 at 6:30pm)
Contributors Anna Staniszewski, Francisco X. Stork, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Lyn Miller-Lachman, and Luke Reynolds discuss their essays about breaking the rules.

If you're a girl, you should strive to look like the model on the cover of a magazine. If you're a boy, you should play sports and be good at them. If you're smart, you should immediately go to college after high school, and get a job that makes you rich. Above all, be normal. Right? "Wrong," say 35 leading middle grade and young adult authors. Growing up is challenging enough; it doesn't have to be complicated by convoluted, outdated, or even cruel rules, both spoken and unspoken. Parents, peers, teachers, the media, and the rest of society sometimes have impossible expectations of teenagers. These restrictions can limit creativity, break spirits, and demand that teens sacrifice personality for popularity.In these personal, funny, moving, and poignant essays, Kathryn Erskine (Mockingbird), Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook), Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars), Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl), and many others share anecdotes and lessons learned from their own lives in order to show you that some rules just beg to be broken.

This event takes place at the Cambridge Public Library.

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May
13
Bret Anthony Johnston (Tuesday, May 13 at 00am)
Bret Anthony Johnston (Corpus Christi, Remember Me Like This, Naming the world)

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a best book of the year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the world: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the director of creative writing. (added from Random House)… (more)
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13
Bret Anthony Johnston, Remember Me Like This (Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm)
"You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn’t be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston’s riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can’t go. Remember Me Like This is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption."—Tom Perrotta

"This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas’s Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it’s done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art."—Andre Dubus III

Four years after teenager Justin Campbell's disappearance, he turns up alive, and the Campbell family must put itself back together. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. But as thick summer heat takes hold, violent storms churn in the Gulf and in the Campbells’ hearts. When a reversal of fortune lays bare the family’s greatest fears—and offers perhaps the only hope for recovery—each of them must fight to keep the ties that bind them from permanently tearing apart.

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of Corpus Christi, the winner of lots of literary awards, and the director of creative writing at Harvard University.

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May
14
David Downing, Masaryk Station (Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm)
"Downing adroitly elucidates the morass that was post-World War II geopolitics without dumbing it down... One can only marvel at his talent for infusing such a rangy cast of characters with nuance and soul." —The New York Times Book Review

Spy novelist David Downing presents the latest book in his series about double agent John Russell, who works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell’s position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation—one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last.

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May
15
Gordon Orians, Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare (Thursday, May 15 at 7pm)
"No scholar better understands the intimate linkage between evolutionary biology and the human condition, and none has expressed it in a more interesting and well illustrated manner than Orians." -- E.O. Wilson

In this ambitious and unusual work, evolutionary biologist Gordon H. Orians explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, beginning with why we have emotions and ending with evolutionary approaches to aesthetics. Orians reveals how our emotional lives today are shaped by decisions our ancestors made centuries ago on African savannas as they selected places to live, sought food and safety, and socialized in small hunter-gatherer groups. During this time our likes and dislikes became wired in our brains, as the appropriate responses to the environment meant the difference between survival or death. His rich analysis explains why we mimic the tropical savannas of our ancestors in our parks and gardens, why we are simultaneously attracted to danger and approach it cautiously, and how paying close attention to nature’s sounds has resulted in us being an unusually musical species. We also learn why we have developed discriminating palates for wine, why we have strong reactions to some odors, and why we enjoy classifying almost everything.

Gordon Orians is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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May
17
Indies First Storytime (Saturday, May 17 at 11am)
Local authors Matt Tavares, Jef Czekaj, and Joe McKendry will read from their favorite books as part of Indies First Storytime Day.

This national event is organized by the American Booksellers Association and the Children's Book Council, and spearheaded by national ambassador of young people's literature Kate DiCamillo.

Jef Czekaj will be reading at 11:00. He is a cartoonist, a DJ, and the author and illustrator of Yes, Yes, Yaul and Hip and Hop, Don't Stop!

Matt Tavares will be reading at noon. He is the author and illustrator of Becoming Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron's Dream, and many other award-winning books.

Joe McKendry will be reading at 2:00. His illustrations have appeared in dozens of national and international publications, and he is the author and illustrator of Beneath the Streets of Boston and One Times Square.

Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Julia Glass (Monday, May 19 at 7pm)
Julia Glass (The Widower's Tale, I See You Everywhere, The Whole World Over, Three Junes, And the Dark Sacred Night)

Julia Glass latest novel, And the Dark Sacred Night, is being published by Pantheon in April. She is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; The Whole World Over; I See You Everywhere, winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and The Widower’s Tale. Her essays have been widely anthologized. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass also teaches fiction writing, most frequently at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts. (added from Random House)… (more)

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