One of the most highly anticipated books of the season is Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom,'' the follow-up to his 2001 bestseller “The Corrections.” Franzen will be at the Boston Public Library on Copley Square on Saturday at 2 p.m. to discuss his new work.
For the rest of the list, read on.
TUESDAY: Daphne Kalotay reads from “Russian Winter,” at 7 p.m., Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner ... Charles Fried and Gregory Fried, joined by Alan Dershowitz and Jessica Stern, discuss “Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror,” at 6 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; or by calling 617-661-1515 ... Julia Glass (“The Widower’s Tale”) speaks at 10 a.m., Spirit of 76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., Marblehead.
THURSDAY: Daniel Johnson reads from “How to Catch a Falling Knife,” at 7 p.m., Brookline Booksmith ... Mark Oldman discusses “Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine,” at 6:30 p.m., UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge; tickets ($52) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 ... Jothy Rosenberg signs “Who Says I Can’t,” at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.
FRIDAY: Kitty Beer (Human Scale), James McDevitt (“The Last of Last Call”), and Michelle Brown (“The Clever Decoys”) read at 8 p.m., Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge ($5 donation).
SATURDAY: Terry McMillan reads from “Getting to Happy,” at 5 p.m., Brookline Booksmith ... Howard Goldowsky hosts an afternoon of chess in celebration of ‘‘Masters of Technique,’’ 12:30 to 5 p.m., Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham ... Jason T. Kruse signs “Scratch9,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friendly Neighborhood Comics, 191 Mechanic St. (Route 140), Bellingham.
For an expanded listing, visit boston.com/ae/books/blog.
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