This week at brookline booksmith

On Monday, May 12 at 7pm, join a homecoming celebration for Barney Frank in conversation with Larry Ruttman. Larry Ruttman will be asking Barney Frank questions both personal and political covering all the years from growing up Jewish and playing baseball in Bayonne, New Jersey, through his tumultuous decades in Congress, to still making news in retirement. Larry's book, which tells of American Jewish life over the last eighty years against the backdrop of baseball, was recently chosen the number one baseball book of 2013 among many by Sports Collectors Digest.

As for this week's events, we offer a variety of lovely topics: grumpy bookseller fiction, empathy, beer and desperation. Pick the ones that suit you best, or show up for all of them!
I definitely recommend you check the details below.

We at Brookline Booksmith are proud to be a distribution hub for the fantastic World Book Night! This Wednesday evening scores of volunteers will fan out across the globe to hand out free books. Want to get involved next year? Click on that link above to find out how. And thanks to all of the local givers who are going to be out there spreading the good word(s)!

Brookline Open Studios Weekend is April 26 - 27! Open Studios is an annual springtime event, held in locations all over Brookline, since 1986. Artists working in all media participate by opening their homes and studios to the public for one weekend. This allows viewers to experience the dynamic impact of viewing original artworks within the artist's creative space. The public connection to the artist nurtures an understanding of the creative process. Much of the artwork is for sale, providing an incredible chance for collectors and the general public to acquire original pieces directly from the artist. To download a map of participating artist, click here.

Iconic intellectual Susan Sontag is brought vividly to life in Sontag: Reborn, adapted from her early diaries by performer Moe Angelos. Directed by Marianne Weems, this intimate and startling portrait traces Sontag's private life from the age of 14 to her emergence as a world-renowned author and activist. The young Sontag wrestles with her emerging sexuality and precocious intelligence, fraught with doubt and insecurity yet driven by her willfulness, ambition and voracious curiosity. The refuge of her diary became integral to her development as a writer. Sontag says herself, "In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person. I create myself." The Builders Association brings its signature synthesis of video and sound back to the ArtsEmerson stage following HOUSE / DIVIDED to poetically tell the personal story of one of America’s most controversial and memorable cultural critics.

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~ page updated  04/22/2014

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