This week at brookline booksmith

It's a light week in our events series. Just a storytime on Sunday, some tips from chef and catering whiz Jeanie Gruber on Friday, and tonight a visit from a little-known author named Judy Blume. (sold out, but try your luck in the standby line, and by all means come over to the store afterwards to meet Judy Blume at the open-to-all book signing!)

It's also a light week for this newsletter, as yours truly has to take some time off to keep an eye on a couple of kids newly released from school. Let the summer begin in earnest! If you are looking for a break from the heat, you know where to go. Books, sunglasses, books, sunhats, books, survival gear, books, kites, books...just get in here, already. Booksmith has what you need.

Don't forget, our Used Book Cellar will be closed for business for the week of 7/3-7/10, so that we can put in a beautiful new floor. So whether you need to swap books for cash - or cash for books, plan to get in before July 4th weekend!

What a nice idea! For your convenience, has found over 55 free outdoor movies and listed them all right here in chronological order. From new hits (The Avengers) to old favorites (Back to the Future), here are 1.21 gigawatts of silver-screen action coming to a park, green space, café, bar, and/or parking lot near you. And since there will undoubtedly be more movies that get scheduled, they'll be updating this list throughout the summer on the first of every month. If you know of any that are left off the list, you can leave a comment at that link above.

Are you a teen interested in writing poems and stories? Maybe you’re just beginning and want to try your hand at creative writing in a supportive but rigorous atmosphere, or maybe you’ve been filling notebooks with plays and rhymes for years. Either way, GrubStreet's teen camps are for you! Each camp will read and discuss published short stories and poems, do writing exercises, talk about craft (the tools and techniques in poetry and fiction), and the writing process. For high school students only. Scholarships are available!

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~ page updated  06/24/2015