In 2007 and 2008 Sebastian Junger, author of "A Perfect Storm,'' embedded for weeks at a time with a combat platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous regions in that embattled nation. He details those experiences in his latest book, "War,'' a meditation on the nature of courage. On Monday Junger will be at the Brattle Theatre at 6 p.m. to discuss his book. Tickets are $5 and are available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., or by calling 617-661-1515. If you can't make it then, on Tuesday you can catch him at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square.
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SUNDAY: Ann Hood (“The Red Thread”) and Joanna Smith Rakoff (“A Fortunate Age”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Student winners of the Ruth Berrien Fox, John Holmes, and Longfellow contests read at 3 p.m., at the East Lawn, Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge … Stona Fitch reads from “Give + Take,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.
MONDAY: Ann Brashares reads from “My Name Is Memory,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner ... Novella Carpenter reads from "Farm City," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.
TUESDAY: John Badalament discusses “The Modern Dad’s Dilemma,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Stephen Kinzer discusses “Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jeanine Cummins reads from “The Outside Boy,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Robert McCrum discusses “Globish,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($10); for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Claire Cook reads from “Seven Year Switch,” at 6:30 p.m., at Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch St., Scituate ... Andrew Szanton and Deirdre Barrett ("Supernormal Stimuli") and Thomas Rice ("Far from the Land") read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.
WEDNESDAY: Ann Beattie reads from “Walks with Men,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Ann Hood discusses “The Red Thread,” at 5:30 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … Anita Shreve reads from “A Change in Altitude,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Rd., Framingham ... Dan Chaon reads from "Await Your Reply," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.
THURSDAY: Laurie Abraham discusses “The Husbands & Wives Club,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Glen David Gold (“Sunnyside”) and Jessica Shattuck (“Perfect Life”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Gregory Zuckerman discusses “The Greatest Trade Ever,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … John Waters discusses “Role Models,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Dan Ariely discusses “The Upside of Irrationality,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Poet Ray Amorosi discusses “In Praise,” at 7 p.m., at Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St., Maynard ... Carey Goldberg and Beth Jones discuss "Three Wishes," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.
FRIDAY: Philip Gambone discusses “Travels in a Gay Nation,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Padma Venkatraman discusses “Climbing the Stairs,” at 7 p.m., at Jamaicaway Books, 676 Centre St., Jamaica Plain … Jen and Colin White (“Coolhead Luke” series) speak at 3:30 p.m., at Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester.
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