This week at brookline booksmith

Just the other day our Giftsmith Sidewalk Sale went up to 75% OFF!  Fashionable and funky gift ideas for the home, kitchen, bath, kids, yourself... you name it, we've got a deal for you!

Steve Almond will be downstairs in the events space tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th at 7pm, definitely not watching the big game, and making the case for the need for America to shun the NFL in his manifesto Against Football.

Same evening, same time, the Small Press Book Club will gather 'round to share their thoughts on the novel Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli. The Small Press Book Club is dedicated to exploring the amazing diversity of voices that are waiting to be found outside the major publishers. Our friends at Publishers Weekly have put together a terrific guide to The Big Indie Books of Fall 2014. Click that link to learn about 35 books from small and university presses that will be on our shelves but might not be on your radar.Come to the Book Club, bookseller and moderator Natasha is saving a seat at the table for you!

The Boston Book Festival is just over a month away! The biggest literary event of the year will be embracing Copley Square October 23-25, and while the full schedule of events hasn't been released, there are already some tickets on sale. We are honored to be invited once again this year, so make sure to stop by our pop-up Booksmith to say hello and do some open-air browsing!

All about comicsAround Town, all around town!

The Brookline Public Library will focus on the world of comics during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27.  On Monday, 9/22 at 7pm, Carol Tilley takes listeners behind the scenes to reveal a fateful year in comics history with When Comics Almost Died.  Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content.
On Thursday, 9/25 at 7pm, Comics! Banned in Boston will be a panel discussion with comics creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter). We'll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone's freedom to read.

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE, is coming back for its fifth year! MICE was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics, with a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist! MICE will take place October 4 – 5 2014 at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. It is free and open to the public.

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~ page updated  09/17/2014

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