CitySpace At Home: Author Talks From Our Bookstore Partners

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Looking for new books to add to your library? Need options for your virtual bookclub? While many of our local bookstores are closed during the pandemic, they are still fulfulling online orders and offering a robust lineup of virtual author talks. Below is a list of upcoming events from our CitySpace bookstore partners.  We'll update this post regularly with new events.

Brookline Booksmith 

All virtual events at the Booksmith are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. View the full event lineup here. Purchase books here.

5/24 | 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Storytime: Kelly Carey, "How Long Is Forever?"

Mason is waiting for Nana’s blueberry pie and complains that it’s taking forever. So Grandpa challenges him to figure out how long forever really is. Is it as long as Grandpa has had his tractor? No. As long as it took Nana to grow the roses to the top of the chimney? Not even close. After a trip around the farm to figure out the answer, Nana’s pie is ready. And Mason’s finally got the answer: forever is how long he’ll love Nana’s pie and how long he’ll love Nana and Grandpa, too.

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May 26 | 6:00 p.m.

Claire Messud: "Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write" / "The Burning Girl" and James Wood "Serious Noticing"

"Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write" opens a window on Messud’s own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature.

"The Burning Girl" by Claire Messud is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality—crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.

In "Serious Noticing," Wood collects his best essays from two decades of his career, supplementing earlier work with autobiographical reflections from his book "The Nearest Thing to Life" and recent essays from The New Yorker on young writers of extraordinary promise.

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May 28 | 7:00 p.m.

Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge in conversation with Bob Ward, "Hunting Whitey" 

For the first time, Boston reporters Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge draw on exclusive interviews and exhaustive investigative reportage to tell the complete story of Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious crime bosses in American history—alongside Al “Scarface” Capone and Vito Genovese—and a longtime FBI informant. The leader of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang and #1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Bulger was indicted for nineteen counts of murder, racketeering, narcotics distribution, and extortion. But it was his sixteen-year flight from justice on the eve of his arrest that made him a legend and exposed deep corruption within the FBI.

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Harvard Book Store

All virtual events at Harvard Book Store are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. View the full event lineup here. Purchase books here.

May 26 | 7:00 p.m.

Elliot Ackerman in conversation with Matt Gallagher, "Red Dress In Black and White"

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Elliot Ackerman, author of the novels "Waiting for Eden" and "Dark at the Crossing," for a discussion of his latest novel, "Red Dress in Black and White." He will be joined in conversation by Matt Gallagher, author of the acclaimed novel "Youngblood."

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May 27 | 7:00 p.m.

Heather Cox Richardson in conversation with Lindsay M. Chervinsky, "Red Dress In Black and White"

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson, author of "To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party," for a discussion of her latest book, "How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continued Fight for the Soul of America." She will be joined in conversation by historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky, author of "The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution."

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May 28 | 7:00 p.m.

Stephanie Danler in conversation with Lisa Taddeo, "Stray"

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Stephanie Danler, author of the New York Times bestselling novel "Sweetbitter," for a discussion of her memoir, "Stray." She will be joined in conversation by author Lisa Taddeo.

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May 29 | 7:00 p.m.

Meredith Talusan in conversation with Garrard Conley, "Fairest"

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus welcome award-winning journalist Meredith Talusan, contributing editor of them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ digital platform, for a discussion of her debut memoir, "Fairest." They will be joined in conversation by Garrard Conley, celebrated author of the New York Times bestselling memoir "Boy Erased."

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Porter Square Books

All virtual events at Porter Square Books are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. View the full event lineup here. Purchase books here.

May 22 | 7:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology Reading

Join Porter Square Books virtually for a reading with contributors to the new anthology "Welcome to the Neighborhood: An Anthology of American Coexistence." Featured readers include Katherine Hollander, Aaron Devine, Sarah Green, Sonya Larson, Jennifer De Leon, Lynne Viti, Lloyd Schwartz, Christine Fort, David Blair and Robert Pinsky.

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May 27 | 7:00 p.m.

Peniel E. Joseph with Brandon Terry, "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr."

Porter Square Books is delighted to bring our event with Peniel E. Joseph for "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr." direct to your computer screen! Mr. Joseph is joined in conversation by Brandon Terry, associate professor in African American Studies at Harvard University.

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