In her newest novel, "Great House,'' Nicole Krauss weaves together the tales of four middle-aged narrators: an American writer on a trip to Jerusalem; an Israeli widower; a retired Oxford don; and a female New Yorker. And while the theme that ties all the various accounts together is loss, the book is also invariably about what it is to be human. Krauss will read from her novel Friday at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith.
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SUNDAY: Rosalynn Carter (“Within Our Reach”) speaks at 4 p.m., at the JFK Library, Columbia Point; for reservations, visit www.jfklibrary.org or call 617-514-1643 … Lou Gossett and Phyllis Karas (“An Actor and a Gentleman”) speak at 5 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center North Shore, Marblehead; for further information, visit www.jccns.org/category/jewish-book-month … Mystery authors Leslie Wheeler and Rosemary Herbert speak at 2 p.m., and Scott Simon (“Baby We Were Meant for Each Other”) speaks at 5 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Ellen Rogers reads from “Kasey to the Rescue,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Brandon Sanderson with guest Harriet McDougal discuss “Towers of Midnight,” at 3 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
MONDAY: Jane Brox (“The Evolution of Artificial Light”) reads, and John Bisbee performs music from “Pearl,” at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Ian Frazier discusses “Travels in Siberia,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Suzanne Gordon discusses “When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Lou Gossett. and Phyllis Karas discuss “An Actor and a Gentlemen,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
TUESDAY: Maryse Conde (“Tales from the Heart”) speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College … Lou Gossett and Phyllis Karas discuss “An Actor and a Gentleman,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Paul Auster reads from “Sunset Park,” 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 … Ivana Lowell (“Why Not Say What Happened?”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Cervena Barva Press authors read at 7 p.m., at Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Mike Lupica discusses “Hero,” at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley ... Gish Jen reads from "World and Town," at 7 p.m., at Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Function Room, Boston College, Chestnut Hill.
WEDNESDAY: Alex Ross discusses “Listen to This,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Kathleen Hill (“Who Occupies This House”) and Jessica Treadway (“Please Come Back to Me”) speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Michelle Hoover (“The Quickening”) and Daphne Kalotay (“Russian Winter”) speak at 5:30 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … John Ochsendorf (“Guastavino Vaulting”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Adam Richman discusses “America the Edible,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University … Kate Braestrup discusses “Beginner’s Grace,” at 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Univeralist Society, 309 Washington St., Wellesley Hills … Leslie Williams (“Success of the Seed Plants”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Joyce Antler discusses “You Never Call! You Never Write!,” at 6 p.m., at Kernwood Country Club, Salem; for further information, visit www.jccns.org/category/jewish-book-month … Colman Andrews discusses “Ferran,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
THURSDAY: Dan Porat reads from “The Boy,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sebasian Junger (“War”) speaks at 5:30 p.m., at the JFK Library; for reservations, visit www.jfklibrary.org or call 617-514-1643 … Simon Winchester (“Atlantic”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Poets Annie Freud and Ben Mazer read at 6:30 p.m., at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St.;RSVP email@example.com … Joanne Chang (“Flour”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Susan Cheever discusses “Louisa May Alcott,” at 7 p.m., at Front St. Book Shop, 165 Front St., Scituate.
FRIDAY: Nicole Krauss reads from “Great House,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.
SATURDAY: Peter Ackerman (“The Lonely Phone Booth”) speaks at 11 a.m., at Porter Square Books … Mitali Perkins discusses Maud Hart Lovelace’s “Emily of Deep Valley,” at 4 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … The Somerville News Writers Festival, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, begins with a book fair from 11 a.m. to 4:30, followed by readings at 7 p.m.; for more information, visit somervillenewswritersfestival.com … Ellen Rogers discusses “Kasey to the Rescue,” at 1 p.m., at Weston Public Library, 87 School St., Weston … Joel Fox signs his new Zane Rigby mystery from 1 to 3 p.m., at Annie’s Book Stop, 362 S. Main St., Sharon.
For an expanded listing, visit www.boston.com/ae/books/blog. Announcements must arrive at firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks before publication date. Events are subject to change.