Who better than a former Harvard law school professor and current Supreme Court justice to explain the ways of the nation's highest court and its relationship to the Constitution to man? Stephen Breyer discusses his look at how it all works, “Making Our Democracy Work,” on Thursday evening at 7 at the First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge. Tickets are $5 and are available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515.
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SUNDAY: Sy Montgomery (“Birdology”) and Howard Mansfield (“Turn & Jump”) read at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Pamela Painter (“Wouldn’t You Like to Know”) and Suzanne Rivecca (“Death Is Not an Option”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.
MONDAY: Jerome Groopman discusses “The Best American Science Writing 2010,” at 6 p.m., at the 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 … Jane Brox discusses “Brilliant,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Jessica Francis Kane reads from “The Report,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Koren Zailckas discusses “Fury: A Memoir,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Amy Boesky discusses “What We Have,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Charles Yu reads from “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Jane Brox (“Brilliant”) speaks at 7 p.m., in the Murray Function Room, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Ethan Gilsdorf (“Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks”), Michelle Hoover (“The Quickening”), and Jill McDonough “Habeus Corpus”) speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books; Chris Castellani of Grub St. moderates … Leslie Dunton-Downer discusses “The English Is Coming,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Peter Carey (“Parrot and Olivier in America”) speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College … Hank Phillippi Ryan hosts a discussion of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … James Howard Kunstler discusses “The Witch of Hebron,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Stever Robbins (“Get It Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
WEDNESDAY: Gail Caldwell (“Let’s Take the Long Way Home”) and Jessica Francis Kane (“The Report”) speak at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Ilyon Woo discusses “The Great Divorce,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Scott Spencer reads from “Man in the Woods,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Thea Singer discusses “Stress Less,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Fatima Bhutto signs “Songs of Blood and Sword,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Leslie Albrecht Huber discusses “The Journey Takers,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
THURSDAY: Anita Diamant (“Day After Night”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Anne Sanow (Triple Time”) and Todd Hearon (“Strange Land”) read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … C.S. Manegold discusses "Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North," at 7 p.m. at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham … Brenda Maddox discusses “George Eliot in Love,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Michael Tougias (“Overboard”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Pratt Memorial Library, 35 Ripley Rd., Cohasset … Larry Tye discusses “Satchel,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Mystery authors Rosemary Herbert, Brad Parks, and Charles Todd speak at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Bob Shea reads from “Dinosaur vs. the Potty,” at 11 a.m., at Cambridge Public Library, Children’s Room, 449 Broadway.
FRIDAY: Judah Leblang (“Finding My Place”), Jennifer Jenn (“In the War”), and Steve Luttrell (“Twelve Moons, Twelve Poems”) read at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge.
SATURDAY: Tucker Max signs “Assholes Finish First,” at 2 p.m., at Porter Square Books.
NOTE: The 9th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival takes place from September 30 to October 3 at various venues in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. For more information, visit: www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
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