With Thanksgiving and the holidays looming, now might be the time to start thinking menus. You might be able to glean some ideas Thursday as food journalist Amanda Hesser will be in town to discuss “The Essential New York Times Cookbook” at 6 p.m. at the Boston Athenaeum. For reservations, call 617-720-7600.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville, holds a Literary Magazine Fair at 2 p.m. … Susan Cheever reads from “Louisa May Alcott,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Dr. Thomas Perls (“Living to 100”) speaks at 2 p.m., at Cary Hall, 1605 Mass. Ave., Lexington … Poet Len Krisak read at 3 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Children’s author Jane Sutton discusses “Don’t Call Me Sidney,” from 3 to 4 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester.
MONDAY: Stephen Greenblatt discusses “Shakespeare’s Freedom,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … David Hazony discusses “The Ten Commandments,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Poets X. J. Kennedy and Pauline Uchmanowicz read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Susan Trausch discusses “Groping Toward Whatever: How I Learned to Retire, Sort of” at 7 p.m., at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham … Gail Collins discusses “When Everything Changed,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Thea Singer discusses “Stress Less,” at 7:30 p.m., at Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton … Jane Thompson discusses “Design Research,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Matt Taibbi (“Griftopia”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Hazel Rowley discusses “Franklin and Eleanor,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Geoffrey Wolff discusses “The Hard Way Around,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Suzanne Berne (“Missing Lucile”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Diane Jensen discusses “The Art of Collecting,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Congressman Barney Frank and author Stuart Weisberg (“Barney Frank”) speak at 8:15 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center North Shore, 4 Community Rd., Marblehead; for more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/category/jewish-book-month/ … Shirley Perry discuses “After Many Days,” at 6:30 p.m., at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St. … Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe discusses “CyberSafe,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, One Worcester Rd., Framingham … Ted Gup (“A Secret Gift”) speaks at 6:30 p.m., at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St.
WEDNESDAY: Edwidge Danticat (“Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work”) speaks at 7 p.m., at First Parish, 3 Church St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … January O’Neill (“Underlife”) and Susan Rich (“The Alchemist’s Kitchen”) speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Daniel Tobin (“Belated Heavens”) reads at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Steve Dublanica discusses “Keep the Change,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University … Siddhartha Mukherjee (“The Emperor of All Maladies”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Susan Cheever discusses “Louisa May Alcott,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith … Sixth Finch webzine poets read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Alan Dershowitz discusses “The Trials of Zion,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
THURSDAY: Harriet Reisen discusses “Louisa May Alcott,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library … Susan Cheever discusses “Louisa May Alcott,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Nora Titone reads from “My Thoughts Be Bloody,” at 7 p.m., at Concord Bookshop; Doris Kearns Goodwin introduces the author … Poets Bert Stern and Miriam Levine read at 4 p.m., at Hale Library, Endicott College, Beverly … Joan Leegant discusses “Wherever You Go,” at noon, at Grosvenor Park, Salem; for more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/category/jewish-book-month/ … Christine McDonald and Susan Rubin Suleiman discuss “French Global,” at 6 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Local authors read from 5 to 8 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.
FRIDAY: Rebecca M. Jordan-Young discusses “Brain Storm,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … MFA candidates from Emerson, UMass-Boston, and Boston University read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Jennifer Pozner discusses “Reality Bites Back,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith.
SATURDAY: Christina Thompson (“Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All”), Rishi Reddi (“Karma and Other Stories”), and poet Daniel Tobin read at 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St., Newburyport … Josh Judge (“Extreme New England Weather”) and Harvey Leonard appear at noon at Barnes & Noble, Framingham … Judy Wolff reads from “My Dog Has Fallen and He Can’t Get Up,” at 1:30 p.m., at Especially for Pets, Village Shoppes, 95 Washington St., Canton.
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