At long last, One Book, One City. Remember? This summer Boston.com held a contest in which we asked you to vote on what book every Bostonian should read. The idea was sparked by a story by Sam Allis lamenting why lots of cities embrace One Book, One City reading programs, but Boston doesn't. You chose “Dark Tide” by Stephen Puleo, a gripping narrative about the great North End molasses flood of 1919. And on Monday night, Boston Globe Book Editor Nicole Lamy will chat with Puleo about the book at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. Also that same day, Puleo will chat at noon with readers on Boston.com, where you can ask him questions directly. Join us.
For the rest of the list, read on.
TODAY: Robert Coles signs “Lives We Carry with Us,” and “Handing One Another Along,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Jenna Blum (“The Stormchasers”) and Jessica Treadway (“Please Come Back to Me”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Vin Femia discusses “Patriot Pride,” at 2 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester, hosts a party from 3 to 4 p.m. featuring authors from Jamie Spencer’s writing class.
MONDAY: Daniel Kehlmann reads from “Fame,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … James King discusses “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Wendy Gamber discusses “The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth-Century America,” at 5:30 p.m., at UMass Boston’s Healey Library, 100 Morrissey Blvd.
TUESDAY: Mary Catherine Bateson discusses “Composing a Further Life,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jonathan Lethem (“Chronic City”) reads at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Neil Miller discusses “Banned in Boston,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … David Slavitt discusses his translation of Dante’s “La Vita Nuovo,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge…. Lisi Harrison reads from “Monster High,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith.
WEDNESDAY: William Gibson reads from “Zero History,” at 6 p.m., at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … Ann Hood reads from “The Red Thread,” at 7:30 p.m., at Melrose Public Library, 69 West Emerson St., Melrose … Eliza Griswold discusses “The Tenth Parallel,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … George McCully discusses “Philanthropy Reconsidered,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Rob Flynn and Alexander Humez discuss "Short Cuts: A Guide to Oaths, Ring Tones, Famous Last Words, and Other Forms of Minimalist Communication," at 7:00 p.m. at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham … Mary O’Donoghue reads from “Before the House Burns,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15; for reservations, call 617-720-7600) … Vince Neil signs “Tattoos & Tequila,” at 6 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Susan Leal discusses “Running Out of Water,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
THURSDAY: Michele Norris reads from “The Grace of Silence,” at 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre ($5) … Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan discuss “The Fall,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Tao Lin reads from “Richard Yates,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Poet Julia Story reads at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Jessica Stern (“Denial: A Memoir of Terror”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Marianne Leone (“Knowing Jesse”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books.
FRIDAY: Robert Reich (“Aftershock”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Charles Lindholm and Jose Pedro Zuquete discuss “The Struggle for the World,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Rebecca M. Jordan-Young discusses “Brain Storm,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jeffrey Miron signs “Libertarianism, from A to Z,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith … Brookline Booksmith hosts a Bookseller Showcase at 7 p.m., featuring Ric Amante’s poetry collection, “Digging In” … Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian sign “Edible: A Celebration of LocalFood,” from 9 a.m. to noon at The Osterville Historical Museum's Farmer's Market, 155 West Bay Road … Martin W. Sandler discusses “Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories that History Forgot,” at 11 a.m. at The Osterville Historical Museum …
P. Ann Pieroway signs “A Taste of Lobsters and Some Tales Too,” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Riverway Lobster House, 1338 Rt. 28, So. Yarmouth.
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