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Boston area author readings Dec. 12-18

Posted by guest  December 9, 2010 10:37 AM

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When most Americans think about organizations that represent the greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East, the two groups that spring to mind are Al Qaeda and possibly Hamas. But journalist Thanassis Cambanis would argue that the breadth of influence of Hezbollah easily rivals that of the other two and perhaps surpasses them in some areas. In his new book "A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel'' Cambanis presents an examination of the surprising cross section of people involved with the group and at its mission to eliminate Israel and recast the the region. Cambanis will discusses his book Tuesday 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: Janice Shapiro (“Bummer and Other Stories”) and Tom Perrotta (“Bad Haircut”) read at 2 p.m. at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Children’s author T.M. Murphy signs “Saving Santa’s Seals,” from 2 to 4 p.m., at Borders, 2421 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

MONDAY: Poets Laura Kasischke and Deborah Bogen read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3).

TUESDAY: Diane McManus Jensen discusses “The Art of Collecting,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Neil Goodwin discusses “We Go as Captives,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Authors Chris Adrian, Edith Pearlman, and Christopher Castellani speak at 6:30 p.m., at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts..

WEDNESDAY: Angela Ambroz reads excerpts from her science fiction series, “The Dropverse,” at noon in Killian Hall (Rm 14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr.), MIT, Cambridge.

FRIDAY: Patrick Chura ("Thoreau the Land Surveyor") speaks at 7 p.m. on
the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St., Concord.

SATURDAY: T.M. Murphy signs “Saving Santa’s Seals,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Borders, Legacy Place, Dedham.

Announcements must arrive at two weeks before publication date. Events are subject to change.

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