Events

Thursday June 28, 2012
Start: 06/28/2012 7:00 pm

NYT best-selling author and chair of BU's religion department Stephen Prothero (Religious Literacy, God Is Not One) examines the texts that have helped define and redefine our country's cultural and political landscape, from the speeches of Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan to the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ayn Rand.

Saturday June 30, 2012
Start: 06/30/2012 10:00 am
End: 06/30/2012 12:00 pm

Each student will receive collage materials, backing paper, glue, and scissors to create their own fanciful bird (or birds). They will learn the basics of collage, get inspired by Picasso, Romare Bearden and other artists working in the medium. We will explore working with texture, cut shapes, ephemera, and will make a bird that can be hung in your home.

Ages 6 to 10.

Class limited to 12 students.

You must pre-register. Fee is $40 per student per class. 

You can sign up for one or all four classes for $145.

Diane Bigda is a teacher at the Art Institute of Boston, where she teaches watercolor, natural history drawing, surface design and book illustration. She is the creator of all the Clearflour Bakery posters and the tree in the back of the Booksmith. 

Anna Jo Beck will be assisting Diane. She is a senior at the Art Institute of Boston. In her spare time she doodles, binds books, and plays ukulele. 

Monday July 02, 2012
Start: 07/02/2012 6:00 pm

NYT bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter team up for this romantic, funny, and adventurous new novel. When the storybook prince from teenage bookworm Delilah’s favorite fairytale begins to talk to her, she launches on a quest to save him from the page.

Tuesday July 03, 2012
Start: 07/03/2012 5:00 pm
End: 07/03/2012 9:00 pm

Featuring live music by The Army of Broken Toys

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! The circus is in town! Witness as we transform our store into a fabulous three-ring for the paperback debut of Erin Morgenstern’s tale of wonder and whimsy. Peer into your future, see marvels of magic and mystery, performances to tickle your bones. Games of chance and skill. Join us for a night of fabulous fun for the whole family.

Saturday July 07, 2012
Start: 07/07/2012 10:00 am
End: 07/07/2012 12:00 pm

Popularized by Betty Edwards, blind contour drawing is a way to turn drawing on its head. In this course we will create wild interpertations of observaional drawing. This exercise is called “pure contour drawing” from the book The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. By attempting to draw a continuos outline without looking at your paper, we introduce a new way to approach drawing, as well as create new and unexpected illustrations of familiar objects.

Ages 8 to 12.

Class limited to 12 students.

You must pre-register, fee is $40 per student per class. You can sign up for one or all four classes for $145. 

Diane Bigda is a teacher at the Art Institute of Boston, where she teaches watercolor, natural history drawing, surface design and book illustration. She is the creator of all the Clearflour Bakery posters and the tree in the back of the Booksmith.

Anna Jo Beck will be assisting Diane. She is a senior at the Art Institute of Boston. In her spare time she doodles, binds books, and plays ukulele.

Tuesday July 10, 2012
Start: 07/10/2012 7:00 pm

In Jackie After O, local author Tina Cassidy gives a detailed and touching portrayal of one year in the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In 1975, with her second husband’s health declining and her children ready to leave the nest, the former first-lady was left to redefine herself outside of her marriages and motherhood, which she did with grace and drive—helping to save Grand Central Station and taking a pivotal role in publishing.

Wednesday July 11, 2012
Start: 07/11/2012 6:00 pm

The NYT bestselling author of Little Bee and Incendiary visits the Coolidge for his new novel of passion, friendship, tragedy, and redemption. World-class athletes and best friends Zoe and Kate have trained, loved, fought, and grown up together. Now, on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, they must decide, when lives are at stake: What would you sacrifice for the people you love, if it meant giving up the thing that was most important to you in the world?

Thursday July 12, 2012
Start: 07/12/2012 7:00 pm

NYT Bestselling author and host of NPR’s Studio 360, Kurt Andersen (Heyday, Turn of the Century) returns with his most masterful novel yet. When a celebrated attorney shocks the world by turning down a shot at the Supreme Court, she decides to finally reveal a startling secret from her childhood in the 60’s when she and her two best friends, inspired by the romance of the James Bond novels, stumbled across an intrigue that was all too real.

Saturday July 14, 2012
Start: 07/14/2012 10:00 am
End: 07/14/2012 12:00 pm

We’ll get our hands a little dirty with this multimedia project, with each student taking home their own laminated bookmarks. Each will reflect their imaginative sense and help them with summer reading.

Learn how to do basic printmaking in this class. We will create drawings which will be used for printing two to three bookmarks. They will be enhanced with color and collage materials, laminated, and finished with string which will make them keepsakes.

Ages 6 to 10.

Class limited to 12 students.

You must pre-register. Fee is $40 per student per class. You can sign up for one or all four classes for $145.

Diane Bigda is a teacher at the Art Institute of Boston, where she teaches watercolor, natural history drawing, surface design and book illustration. She is the creator of all the Clearflour Bakery posters and the tree in the back of the Booksmith.

Anna Jo Beck will be assisting Diane. She is a senior at the Art Institute of Boston. In her spare time she doodles, binds books, and plays ukulele.

Monday July 16, 2012
Start: 07/16/2012 7:00 pm

Bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires (the inspiration for the movie The Social Network) and Bringing Down the House, Ben Mezrich shares his most recent piece of reportage, now in paperback. In Sex on the Moon, Mezrich follows the unbelievable true story of a brilliant NASA intern who decided to steal the priceless moon rocks.

Tuesday July 17, 2012
Start: 07/17/2012 7:00 pm

Join us for a night of new writing with two celebrated local authors. In The Mere Weight of Words, Carissa Halston (A Girl Named Charlie) has created a stunning new novella about a daughter’s coming to terms with her estranged father’s Alzheimer’s. In her award-winning collection Habeas Corpus, Jill McDonough (Faith. The Body. Home.) composes fifty sonnets each based on a historical execution.

Wednesday July 18, 2012
Start: 07/18/2012 7:00 pm

NYT bestselling novelist and master of international espionage Daniel Silva (The Unlikely Spy, The Rembrandt Affair) returns with his newest tale of intrigue. Fomer Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is recovering and restoring artwork in the shelter of the Vatican. But when a beautiful woman is found dead under Michaelangelo’s dome, Gabriel is forced to investigate a case that leads him deep into the secrets of St. Peter’s and a criminal enterprise that could bring the world to its knees.

Thursday July 19, 2012
Start: 07/19/2012 7:00 pm

Author, journalist, and editor Daniel Smith (Muses, Madmen, and Prophets) has had writing in The Atlantic, Granta, n+1 and The New York Times Magazine, and he has done it all while suffering from severe anxiety. In his new memoir, Smith delves deep into America’s most common psychological complaint, looking at its roots, its pain, and its absurdity.

Friday July 20, 2012
Start: 07/20/2012 7:00 pm

Bloggers Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks of gofugyourself.com delight us with Messy, their hilarious followup to their young adult novel Spoiled.

Saturday July 21, 2012
Start: 07/21/2012 10:00 am
End: 07/21/2012 12:00 pm

By exploring some basic book binding techinques, each student will create their very own fabulous journal for collecting their adventures. We will cover simple binding, such as the pamphlet stitch and instant books to create our adventure journals. We will also use “found” materials such as envelopes and upcycled paper. While the books construction will be the same from student to student, their choice in materials will give their books their own personailty.

Ages 8 to 12.

Class limited to 12 students.

You must pre-register. Fee is $40 per student per class. You can sign up for one or all four classes for $145.

Diane Bigda is a teacher at the Art Institute of Boston, where she teaches watercolor, natural history drawing, surface design and book illustration. She is the creator of all the Clearflour Bakery posters and the tree in the back of the Booksmith.

Anna Jo Beck will be assisting Diane. She is a senior at the Art Institute of Boston. In her spare time she doodles, binds books, and plays ukulele.

Start: 07/21/2012 4:30 pm
End: 07/21/2012 7:30 pm

Free and open to all. Come write a letter, make an envelope, or decorate a postcard. Surprise a loved one with something fun in their mailbox! Supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own to use or trade.

Monday July 23, 2012
Start: 07/23/2012 7:00 pm

Local mystery writers Clea Simon and Susan Conant share their new tails of canine and feline crime. In Clea Simon’s Cats Can’t Shoot, pet psychic Pru Marlowe and her trusty tabby Wallis must unravel the tangled yarn of a cat accused of shooting its owner with a rare dueling pistol. In Susan Conant’s latest mystery, Brute Strength, dog columnist Holly Winter is set on by a pack of problems when an acquaintance dies, anonymous calls turn vicious, and her own life is threatened.

Tuesday July 24, 2012
Start: 07/24/2012 7:00 pm

In this sparkling debut, which Nathan Englander calls “pure magnificence,” and Dani Shapiro calls “gripping from first page to last,” eleven-year-old Julia and her family wake up to realize that the Earth’s rotation has slowed. As the planet spins towards an apocalyptic halt, Julia must deal with the trials of growing up—first love, lost friends, and the fissures in her parents’ marriage.

Thursday July 26, 2012
Start: 07/26/2012 7:00 pm

Award-winning bestselling international thriller writers Tana French (In The Woods, The Likeness) and Sophie Hannah (Little Face, The Cradle In The Grave) read from their newest novels. In Broken Harbor, French revisits detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy as he takes on a haunting new case—the murder of a family of four in an abandoned luxury development. In Hannah’s new novel, The Other Woman’s House, Connie Bowskill is up late, searching for a particular house on real estate websites. But when she clicks the ‘Virtual Tour’ she finds herself looking at a gruesome murder scene, one that suddenly disappears.

Friday July 27, 2012
Start: 07/27/2012 7:00 pm

Come one, come all, as we celebrate the new book of poems from beloved Booksmith assistant manager Kate Robinson. Amy Gerstler calls the poems in Darling Angel Meat “funny, searing, and full of wild courage.” Plus, hear works in print and in progress from the rest of our Booksmith crew (dancing not guaranteed).

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