A handful of weeks after January's deadly earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and other cities in the region a group of writers, including Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, and Gail Mazur, held a benefit reading at Harvard University. Out of this event sprang the anthology, "Poets for Haiti.'' On Thursday, Robert Pinsky, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, and others will read from the book at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books. All proceeds from the sale of the anthology go to Partners in Health to benefit the people of Haiti.
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SUNDAY: The Women’s National Book Association presents a Holiday Tea featuring authors Kim Ablon Whitney, Joan Houlihan, and Hobson Woodward, at 1:30 p.m., at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., Copley Square ($35) … Lauren Grodstein (“A Friend of the Family”) and Mary E. Mitchell (“Love in Complete Sentences”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Ming Tsai signs “Simply Ming: One Poet Meals,” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … P. Ann Pieroway signs “Taste and Tables of Coastal New England,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Books by the Sea, Rt. 28, Hearth n’ Kettle Plaza, S. Yarmouth, and from 2 to 4 p.m., at Where the Sidewalk Ends, 432 Main St., Chatham … T.M. Murphy signs “Saving Santa’s Seals,” from 1 to 3 p.m., at Borders, 511 Boylston St.
MONDAY: Tracy Winn (“Mrs. Somebody Somebody”) and Peter Brown (“A Bright Soothing Noise”) read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … New England Poetry Club prize winners read at 7 p.m., at Harvard-Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Harold McGee and Jody Adams discuss “Keys to Good Cooking,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Anita Shreve discusses “Rescue,” at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Stephen Prothero discusses “God Is Not One,” at 7 p.m., at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham … Linda Schlossberg discusses “Life in Miniature,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill (“A Rope and a Prayer”) read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Marianne Leone reads from “Knowing Jesse,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … DeWitt Henry reads from “Sweet Dreams: A Family History,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Jonathan Byrnes discusses “Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Ming Tsai discusses “Simply Ming: One-Pot Meals,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, One Worcester Rd., Framingham … Chuck Fischer discusses “A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book,” at noon, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St.
WEDNESDAY: Poets Robert Pinsky, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, and others read from “Poets for Haiti,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books; proceeds go to Partners in Health … Julia Glass reads from “The Widower’s Tale,” at 7 p.m., at Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St., Framingham … Carlos Eire discusses “Learning to Die in Miami,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … John Hodgen reads from “Heaven & Earth Holding Company,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop ... Ted Gup discusses "A Secret Gift," at 10 a.m., at Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton.
THURSDAY: Joanne Change discusses “Flour,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Charles Elton reads from “Mr. Toppit,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Poets Teresa Cader, Martha Collins, and Fred Marchant read at 6:30 p.m., at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St.; RSVP email@example.com … Mark Robbins discusses “The Coffin Blind,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord ... Avner Cohen discusses "The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb," at 8 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
FRIDAY: Local authors Larry Brown, Paul L. Chesbro, and others sign their work from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Books by the Sea, 846 Main St., Osterville.
SATURDAY: Lisa Zwirn signs “Christmas Cookies,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith … T.M. Murphy signs “Saving Santa’s Seals,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Yellow Umbrella Bookstore, 501 Main St., Chatham ... Jack Cotton signs "12 Secrets Luxury Home Buyers Know," from noon to 1:3 p.m., and Sandy Giardi signs "Frankie Goes to Fenway" and Priscilla Hayes signs "The Too Much Love Story," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Books by the Sea ... Bonnie Kavanagh speaks and signs "Rubies in the Sand," at 2:30 p.m., at Centerville Library, 585 Main St., Centerville.
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