This week at brookline booksmith

Sci-fi fans beware, it looks like you should take that shiny Hugo Award-winning medal on the book jacket with a grain of (pure, white) salt. Less-than-savory fringe elements have hijacked the nominations this year, meaning that more than ever before you need some solid advice from a source you can really trust. If you stroll down aisle four you can't help but notice that not only our Sci-fi, but our Mystery and Fiction section are filled with brightly colored notes, denoting works of fiction that our staff has read and loved. These are the books we believe in, and we aren't waiting around to push them into the spotlight.

Here's a happier award-winning tale to tell: Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See - perhaps the staff favorite of staff favorites from 2014 just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. With all due respect to the nominating process for the Pulitzers, I'll just go ahead and take credit on behalf of my fellow booksellers for that one. Booksmith booksellers sold the heck out of that book from day one.

For next month, members of the Small Press Book Club will delve into Sphinx by Anne Garréta, "an erotic, genderless love story that delves into the nightclubs and cabarets of afterhours Paris." Garréta's novel, first published in 1986, is the crowning achievement of the experimental literary group OULIPO, whose ranks include Georges Perec and Italo Calvino. Flex your reading muscles and join the club on May 21st at 7pm.

We guarantee that all of our new books are actually new. Check that out, it's pretty much magic.

Join Julie Seltzer and Lily Carey, preschool teachers at the JCC Early Learning Center, in the children’s section of Brookline Booksmith (hey, that's us!) for a spring-inspired storytime and 3D art project! Sunday, April 26, 10-11am, for families with children 3-7.
For more information on the Early Learning Center, contact or visit

Literary Death Match marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors (all representing a literary publication, press or concern — online, in print or live) who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals.

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