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Boston area author readings: Dec. 6-12

Posted by guest  December 4, 2009 08:00 AM

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TODAY: Ha Jin (“A Good Fall”) and Richard Hoffman (“Interference and Other Stories”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Lisa Zwirn signs “Christmas Cookies,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Ann Pieroway signs “Taste and Tales of Cape Cod…and the Islands,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Books by the Sea, 1198 Rte. 28, S. Yarmouth … Michael J. Maddigan signs “Middleborough,” at 2 p.m., at Robbins Museum, 17 Jackson St., Middleborough.

MONDAY: Chris Kimball and the cast of America’s Test Kitchen (“The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook”) speak at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; for ticket information, call 617-661-1515 … Poets Fanny Howe and Martha Ronk read at 8 p.m., at the Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($3) … Poets Fred Marchant and Afaa Michael Weaver read at 7 p.m., at the Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Nancy Rich discusses “Afloat on the Tide,” at 7 p.m., at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham.

TUESDAY: Anita Diamant reads from “Day After Night,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Carol Dine gives a reading/slide show from “Van Gogh in Poems,” at 7 p.m., at Newton Public Library, 330 Homer St., Newton … Lauren Grodstein reads from “A Friend of the Family,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.

WEDNESDAY: Maxim Shrayer reads from “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner, Brookline … Mary Gordon discusses “Reading Jesus,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … David Updike (“Old Girlfriends”) and Wambui Githiora-Updike (“Wanijira”) read at 5:30 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown.

THURSDAY: Contributors to Boston Noir read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Patricia Sullivan discusses “Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and The Making of the Civil Rights Movement,” at 5:30 p.m., at the JFK Library, Columbia Point; for more information and to register, go to or call 617-514-1643 … David Chang reads from “Momofuku,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Anthony Sammarco discusses “The Baker Chocolate Company,” at 5:30 p.m., at Healey Library, Archives & Special Collections, UMass-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.

FRIDAY: George Comeaux reads from “You Can Be Santa’s Helper,” from 4 to 6 p.m., and John Hough signs “Seen the Glory” and contributors sign “The 1858 Map of Cape Cod, “ from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Books by the Sea, 846 Main St., Osterville.

SATURDAY: Jane O’Connor (“Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas”) speaks at 2 p.m., at Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Rd., Natick … Steve Buckley discusses “The Wicked Good Year,” at 2 p.m., at Borders, Cambridgeside, 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge … Miriam Kronish signs “Quickly,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Books by the Sea.

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