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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

Oct
25
George Clinton, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, in conversation with Tim Riley (Saturday, October 25 at 2pm)
This event will take place at First Parish Church in Harvard Square. $5 tickets are required. Ticket orders must be prepaid.

The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

From the barbershop to the Mothership, from doo-wop to hip-hop, Dr. Funkenstein's tale is filled with honesty, insight, and a whole lot of rhythm goin' round. With this book, George Clinton gives up the funk and then some. The Bomb!" — Alan Light, former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe and Spin magazines

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond?

One of them. That’s how many.

How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.

Written with wit, humor, and candor, this memoir provides tremendous insight into America’s music industry as forever changed by Clinton’s massive talent. This is a story of a beloved global icon who dedicated himself to spreading the gospel of funk music.

George Clinton will be in conversation with Tim Riley, Emerson College professor and author of several books including Lennon: Man, Myth, Music.

In order to make the signing go smoothly, the publisher has asked us to let you know about a few guidelines for the event: Books only, no memorabilia. George Clinton will not be signing album covers, CD cases, posters, or shopping lists, and you must have a copy of the book to get in the signing line. Personalization will happen if time allows. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to have their books signed. Photography. You're welcome to take pictures of the signing, but George will pose for pictures only if time allows.

Location: Street: First Parish Church Additional: 1 Church St. City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02138 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
27
Truth Be Told (Monday, October 27 at 7pm)
Meet Hank Phillippi Ryan as she reads from her new mystery novel Truth Be Told, from the Jane Ryland series. (added from Macmillan)
Oct
28
Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, in conversation with Madeline Miller (Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm)
The winner of the 2014 Bailey's Prize (formerly the Orange Prize) in conversation with the 2012 winner.

"A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is simply a brilliant book -- entirely emotionally raw and at the same time technically astounding. Her prose is as haunting and moving as music, and the love story at the heart of the novel -- between a sister and brother -- as true and wrenching as any in literature. This is a book about everything: family, faith, sex, home, transcendence, violence, and love. I can't recommend it highly enough." -- Elizabeth McCracken

Eimear McBride's acclaimed debut tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor, touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma.

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in Ireland. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and spent the next nine years trying to have it published.

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times bestseller.

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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Oct
29
Accepting the Disaster (Wednesday, October 29 at 7pm)
Meet Joshua Mehigan as he reads from his new collection of poems Accepting the Disaster. (added from Macmillan)
Oct
30
Daniel Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies (Thursday, October 30 at 7pm)
Celebrate Halloween in true Cambridge fashion -- with a noted political theorist's analysis of the geopolitical implications of zombies.

What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid -- or how rotten -- such scenarios might be.

This newly revived edition includes substantial updates throughout as well as a new epilogue assessing the role of the zombie analogy in the public sphere.

Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor to the Washington Post. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Drezner has written five books, including All Politics is Global (Princeton, 2007) and Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and edited two others, including Avoiding Trivia (Brookings, 2009). He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Time magazine named his blog at Foreign Policy one of the 25 best in 2012.

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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Nov
3
The Roundtable at Porter Square Books: Harvard Review (Monday, November 3 at 7pm)
Join Porter Square Books for a monthly reading series curated by Boston area literary magazines and journals.

This month's event is hosted by Harvard Review.

Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
4
Bill Littlefield, Take Me Out (Tuesday, November 4 at 7pm)
"What is it about rhyme? Whatever it is, we fall in love with it (if ever) early in life: as soon as we learn to talk, or probably sooner. The same can be said about love for sports. By bringing together these two forms of attachment, the clever Littlefield reminds us that poetry and sports, at a level deeper than their different kinds of grandiosity, both have roots in childhood pleasures." -- Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

Bill Littlefield plays games even as he writes about them, or talks about them on his nationally syndicated NPR radio program, "Only a Game." He unabashedly versifies not for profit, or a championship cup, but for fun. He makes no bones about it: these verses are doggerel. From mumblety-peg to the Olympics, from the bedrooms of aspiring nine-year-olds to the boardrooms of sports executives, his imagination and playfulness illuminate the rings, rinks, fields, and frustrations of sports and games. Bill Littlefield is the host of NPR and WBUR's sports show, "Only a Game," which is syndicated to some 200 public radio stations around the country. The author of several books on sports, two novels and two collections of his radio and magazine commentaries, he is writer-in-residence at Currey College, where he teaches one course each semester. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Littlefield began broadcasting sports commentary on WBUR in 1984.

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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Nov
5
Raúl the Third, Lowriders in Space (Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm)
Join us for the launch of a new graphic novel illustrated by local artist Raúl the Third!

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe?

Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.

Raul the Third teaches classes on drawing and comics for kids at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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Nov
6
Alexander McCall Smith (Thursday, November 6 at 7pm)
Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street, At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, Blue Shoes and Happiness, Espresso Tales, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, The Lost Art of Gratitude, La's Orchestra Saves the World, Love Over Scotland, Morality for Beautiful Girls, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The Double Comfort Safari Club, Portuguese Irregular Verbs)
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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved, bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He...read more

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved, bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.

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    Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved, bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.
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    Thomas Menino, Mayor for a New America (Friday, November 7 at 7pm)
    A revealing memoir by Boston's beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Boston's success and lessons for Washington power brokers

    After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history -- and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city's extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

    Menino tells exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of urban politics and provides inspiration for Washington with his proven, people-focused method: "Do the small stuff so you can win the credibility to do the big stuff." He's not known as a fancy talker, but he gets things done. Under his wing, the city has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth while fostering a new attitude of acceptance. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city.

    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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    8
    Anne Litwin, New Rules for Women (Saturday, November 8 at 7pm)
    For the most part, women work together well. For starters, many women have similar experiences of gender role expectations, preferences for communicating and getting things done, and a history of operating in a "man's world."

    Yet the latest research clearly shows that many women struggle in their workplace relationships with other women. These struggles can be frustrating for women—and a bottom-line concern for employers. Dr. Anne Litwin’s research into women's relationships and communication at work reveals startling paradoxes. She exposes key sources of confusion and misunderstanding between women colleagues and offers powerful tools for preventing and resolving conflict that result in better relationships, as well as increased productivity and retention.

    Readers will learn how to: Leverage women’s strengths such as team- and consensus-building Overcome conflicts due to gender socialization and organizational culture Recognize and manage role boundaries and gender expectations Learn what patterns exist in working relationships among women and how women’s expectations can create misunderstandings

    When women can better understand themselves and their female colleagues, work relationships become stronger and productivity and job satisfaction increase.

    Anne Litwin, Ph.D., is an organizational consultant, executive coach, and trainer specializing in leveraging diversity, including gender differences, for business success. Her clients range from small nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies and have included corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Novartis, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Texas Instruments, and Verizon. She is co-editor of Managing in the Age of Change and has written numerous articles on gender differences and women’s leadership. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

    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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    10
    Nicola Griffith, Hild (Monday, November 10 at 7pm)
    Join us for the paperback release of one of last year's favorites!

    In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

    But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.

    Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king’s seer. And she is indispensable—unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.

    Hild is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early Middle Ages—all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith’s luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.

    Nicola Griffith is the award winning author of five novels and a memoir. A native of Yorkshire, England—now a dual U.S./U.K. citizen—she is a onetime self-defense instructor who turned to writing full-time upon being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. She lives with her wife, the writer Kelley Eskridge, in Seattle.

    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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    10
    Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking (Monday, November 10 at 11:30pm)
    Celebrate the launch of Amanda Palmer's book with a midnight release party!

    Join Amanda in Harvard Square at 10 PM, and parade your way to the bookstore by 11:30. (Watch her site for all the details.) There are no tickets for this event.

    After interviews and performances, the book goes on sale at midnight, and Amanda will be signing.

    (Can't make the event? We'll ship signed copies anywhere in the world.)

    Amanda Palmer rose to fame as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist for the acclaimed band The Dresden Dolls, and performs as a solo artist as well as collaborating with artists including Jonathan Richman and her husband, author Neil Gaiman.

    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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    11
    Ethan Zuckerman, Digital Cosmopolitans (Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm)
    "One of our most important books on globalization." —Steve O'Keefe, New York Journal of Books

    As the Internet expands, we assume that our ability to communicate with others, our social connections, increase likewise. In Digital Cosmopolitans, Ethan Zuckerman draws on current trends and the latest research to show us how this hasn't always been the case—and how we can use the Internet to create a more truly connected world.

    Ethan Zuckerman is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. A media scholar, Internet activist, and blogger, he lives in Lanesboro, Massachusetts.

    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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    12
    Nan Levinson, War Is Not a Game (Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm)
    "Nan Levinson has brought to life an important piece of recent history, both tragic and inspiring, told the story beautifully, and found some genuine American heroes." — Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 "What does 'support our troops' really mean? It means listening to them when they have unpleasant truths to tell about America's wars. Levinson truly listens; so should we all." — William J. Astore, Lt Col, USAF, Ret., author of Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism

    On July 23, 2004, five marines, two soldiers, and one airman became the most unlikely of antiwar activists. Young and gung-ho when they first signed up to defend their country, they were sent to fight a war that left them confused, enraged, and haunted. Once they returned home, they became determined to put their disillusionment to use. So that sultry summer evening, they mounted the stage of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and announced the launch of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

    War Is Not a Game tells the story of this new soldiers' antiwar movement, showing why it was born, how it quickly grew, where it has struggled, and what it has already accomplished. Nan Levinson reveals the individuals behind the movement, painting an unforgettable portrait of these predominantly working-class veterans who became leaders of a national organization.

    Written with sensitivity and humor, War Is Not a Game gives readers an uncensored, grunt's-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon returning home. Demanding to be seen neither simply as tragic victims nor as battlefront heroes, the Iraq Veterans Against the War have worked to shape the national conversation. This book celebrates their bravery, showing that sometimes the most vital battles take place on the home front.

    Nan Levinson is a writer, teacher, and journalist, covering civil and human rights, culture, and technology. Her last book, Outspoken: Free Speech Stories, grew from her reporting as the U.S. correspondent for Index on Censorship. She currently teaches journalism and fiction writing at Tufts University.

    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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    13
    William Gibson, The Peripheral (Thursday, November 13 at 7pm)
    This event will take place at First Parish Church in Harvard Square. $5 tickets are required.

    Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain will introduce William Gibson at the event.

    "To read Gibson is to read the present as if it were the future." — The New York Times

    Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.

    William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.

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    Garth Stein, A Sudden Light (Saturday, November 15 at 7pm)
    When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

    In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

    But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

    A sudden light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

    Garth Stein is the author of Raven Stole the Moon, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr.

    Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for reading.

    Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth’s ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for 18 years, Garth returned to Seattle in 2001, and lives there currently with his wife, three sons, and their dog, Comet.

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    Book Club (Sunday, November 16 at 11am)
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    Book Club (Monday, November 17 at 4pm)
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    Tom McNeely, Ghost Horse, and Charles Coe, Spin Cycles (Monday, November 17 at 7pm)
    Two local authors, Tom McNeely and Charles Coe, read from their latest works. This event is cosponsored by the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union.

    "An elegy for a lost father, an unforgettable fable of the power of art, Ghost Horse weaves a singular spell, captivating the reader and never letting go." -- Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

    "An adventure of feeling and intelligence, frightening in its penetration to the depth of a child's anguish, Ghost Horse is a masterful novel. The reader's heart opens to McNeely’s characters, and does not ever quite close again. This brave compassion is what fiction is for." — James Carroll, author of Warburg in Rome

    "In Ghost Horse, his excellent debut novel, Thomas McNeely skillfully offers up the dark mysteries of the adult world through the eyes of a child. Wise, insightful, and exquisitely written, it lays bare the heartbreak of family life and lost friendship against the back drop of class and racial difference. Ghost Horse is that rare fictional rendering that truly illuminates real life." -- Rishi Reddi, author of Karma and Other Stories, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award

    Set amidst the social tensions of 1970's Houston, Ghost Horse tells the story of eleven-year-old Buddy Turner's shifting alliances within his fragmented family and with two other boys—one Anglo, one Latino—in their quest to make a Super-8 animated movie. As his father's many secrets begin to unravel, Buddy discovers the real movie: the intersection between life as he sees it and the truth of his own past. In a vivid story of love, friendship, and betrayal, Ghost Horse explores a boy's swiftly changing awareness of himself and the world through the lens of imagination.

    A former Stegner Fellow and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Thomas McNeely has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other magazines and anthologies, and has been regularly shortlisted in the Best American and O. Henry Awards. He currently teaches at Emerson College and in the Stanford Online Writing Studio. Ghost Horse is his first novel.

    "Spin Cycles reminds us, as the best fiction always does, that every person has a story to tell. Touching and beautiful." - William Martin, New York Times best-selling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letters.

    Brilliant, homeless and nearly invisible, a young man wanders through Boston, looking for meaning and hope. Extreme mood swings and an unusual outlook on life make it impossible for him to thrive in mainstream society. He finds comfort in Laundromats, where he calms himself by watching clothes tumble round and round and round. And in the streets he finds other people like him, below the radar, laboring to survive. Poignant and buoyant, Spin Cycles is a story of loss, discovery, and, just possibly, redemption.

    Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon. His poetry has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies such as Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. Charles won a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his poems have been set to music by a number of composers. Co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, Charles was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.”

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    Becky Thompson (Tuesday, November 18 at 07am)
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    Becky Thompson, Survivors on the Yoga Mat (Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm)
    "This stunning collection of stories, including many of Becky Thompson's own, reveals the emancipatory possibilities of yoga, but also reminds us that without deep, abiding practices of self care, there can be no radical social transformation." — Angela Davis, activist, yogi, and author of Women, Race, and Class and The Meaning of Freedom

    "Survivors on the Yoga Mat demonstrates beautifully how yoga can provide a pathway from pain and isolation to wholeness. Stories from a multiracial, inter-generational, cross-cultural group of people reveal the healing powers of yoga as widely accessible." — Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work and cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society

    An inspiring collection of essays that reveal the healing power of yoga, Survivors on the Yoga Mat is an ideal companion for trauma survivors and yoga teachers alike. Weaving together stories from her classes, travels, and workshops, author Becky Thompson shows the brave and unique ways that survivors approach yoga: the creative ways that they practice, the challenges they face, and the transformative experiences they discover. Thompson skillfully draws connections between yoga and social-justice activism, demonstrating how a trauma-sensitive approach to yoga makes room for all of us—across race, class, gender, religion and nationality.

    Survivors on the Yoga Mat offers stories, reflections, and meditations for people who are healing from a wide range of traumas—sexual abuse, accidents, child abuse, war, illnesses, incarceration, and other injuries. The book consists of 90 true stories—alternately funny, surprising, and irreverent—that together provide a roadmap for survivors on their journey to wholeness. Organized into six sections, the book explores the challenges of beginning a yoga practice; the unique strengths of trauma survivors; the circuitous path of healing; yoga's value as a lifelong practice; the special role of teachers; and the potential of yoga as an avenue for activism. Also included is a description of Pantajali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, a list of resources, an appendix explaining the different styles of yoga, and a beautiful photo glossary with over 100 photos of the yoga postures mentioned in the book.

    Becky Thompson, PhD, RYT-500, is a poet, scholar, activist, yoga teacher, and trauma survivor whose work focuses on trauma and healing. Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Simmons College, she has authored several books on social justice including A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women's Eating Problems and A Promise and a Way of Life.

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    Somerville Farmers Market (Wednesday, November 19 at 12pm)
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    Join Porter Square Books and Candlewick Press at the Davis Square Farmers Market in Somerville throughout this fall. Each week we'll be bringing a selection of books to share, and there will be fun activities and visits from some of our favorite authors.

    This week's theme is fall holidays.

    You can find us at the farmers market on these dates: November 19 November 26

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    Kerry Howley, Thrown (Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm)
    "Thrown is Kerry Howley's masterful debut. A work of rigorous nonfiction that's sure to be branded experimental, but that's as involving and page-turning as any book I've read in a while." -- Gary Shteyngart

    "Who can explain what draws a young brilliant writer -- and a woman no less -- to be mesmerized by the sight of a young man being pummeled in the ring? But out of this passion -- maybe obsession -- comes a great American story about overlooked heroes, the nature of violence, hope, love and nearly everything else that matters." -- Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men

    In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters -- one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas. With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.

    Kerry Howley's work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and frequently in Bookforum. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.

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    Thomas Forrest Kelly, Capturing Music (Thursday, November 20 at 7pm)
    In today's digital landscape, we have the luxury of experiencing music anytime, anywhere. But before this instant accessibility and dizzying array of formats before CDs, the eight-track tape, the radio, and the turntable there was only one recording technology: music notation. It allowed singers and soloists to travel across great distances and perform their work with stunning fidelity, a feat that we now very much take for granted.

    Thomas Forrest Kelly transports us to the lively and complex world of monks and monasteries, of a dove singing holy chants into the ear of a saint, and of bustling activity in the Cathedral of Notre Dame an era when the only way to share even the simplest song was to learn it by rote, church to church and person to person. With clarity and a sense of wonder, Kelly tells a story that spans five hundred years, leading us on a journey through medieval Europe and showing how we learned to keep track of rhythm, melody, and precise pitch with a degree of accuracy previously unimagined.

    Kelly reveals the technological advances that led us to the system of notation we use today, placing each step of its evolution in its cultural and intellectual context. Companion recordings by the renowned Blue Heron ensemble are paired with vibrant illuminated manuscripts, bringing the art to life and allowing readers to experience something of the marvel that medieval writers must have felt when they figured out how to capture music for all time.

    Thomas Forrest Kelly is professor of music at Harvard University. He studied musicology and chant on a Fulbright in France, and he has taught at Wellesley, Smith, Amherst, and Oberlin Colleges. His previous books include First Nights: Five Musical Premieres and First Nights at the Opera. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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