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Boston area author visits, week of Nov. 11-17

Posted by Jim Concannon  November 2, 2007 04:34 PM

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SUNDAY: Archer Mayor reads from “Chat,” at 3 p.m., at the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Susie Davidson reads from “Jewish Life in Postwar Germany” and other works at 9:30 a.m., at the Adams Street Synagogue, 168 Adams St., Newton … The Somerville News Writers Festival, featuring Robert Pinsky, Tom Perrotta, Steve Almond, and many others, takes place at 7 p.m., at Dilboy VFW Hall, 371 Summer St., Somerville ($15).

MONDAY: Jennifer Ackerman reads from “Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Rev. Peter Gomes discusses “The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge; for tickets, call 617-661-1515 … Ben Mezrich discusses “Rigged,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square.

TUESDAY: Tom Perrotta reads from “The Abstinence Teacher,” at 7 p.m., at Union St. Bar & Grill, 107R Union St., Newton Centre … Judith Jones discusses “The Tenth Muse,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; for tickets call 617-661-1515 … Michael Jacoby Brown discusses “Building Powerful Community Organizations,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Ben Mezrich reads from “Rigged,” at 7 p.m., at the Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner, Brookline … Joseph O’Connor reads from “Redemption Falls,” at 7 p.m., at the Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Matthew Diffee discusses “The Rejection Collection, vol. 2,” at 6 p.m., at Borders Back Bay, 511 Boylston St. … Nick Millis discusses “Karzai,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University.

WEDNESDAY: Alan Cheuse reads from “The Fires,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Naim Kattan discusses “Farewell Babylon,” at 7 p.m., at the Brookline Booksmith … Jonah Lehrer discusses “Proust Was a Neuroscientist,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … David Blight discusses “A Slave No More,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Du Bois Institute, 104 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge … A roundtable discussion on fantasy and literature, with Susan Cooper, Gregory Maguire, and Roger Sutton, takes place at 7 p.m., at MIT, Rm. 10-250, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Lou Ureneck reads from “Backcast,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University … Poets Tam Lin Neville, Harris Gardner, and Mary Bonina read at 7 p.m., at Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St., Cambridge … Poet Irwin Thompson reads at 7 p.m., at the Wellesley Booksmith.

THURSDAY: David Michaelis discusses “Schulz and Peanuts,” at 7 p.m., at the Brookline Booksmith … Perrin Ireland reads from “Chatter,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … U.S. Rep Jay Inslee discusses “Apollo’s Fire,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Susan Cooper discusses “Unriddling the World: The Role of Fantasy in Children’s Lives,” at 7:30 p.m., at First Parish Church, Cambridge … Young adult authors Jo Knowles and Cecil Castellucci read from “Lessons from a Dead Girl,” “Beige,” and “The Plain Janes,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University.

FRIDAY: Ilan Stavans discusses “Love and Language,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Mike Lupica (“Two Minute Drill,” “Hot Hand”) speaks at 4 p.m., at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

[No Saturday listings.]

Events are subject to change.

-- Judith Maas

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