Jean Fain, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist, offers a new recipe for dieting that rejects simple calorie counting in favor of a wholistic approach to change the way you think about food and your relationship to it. Her method, which incorporates techniques such as self-hypnosis, breathing exercises, and visualizations, embraces the idea the achieving greater mindfulness in your eating habits. Fain will discuss “The Self-Compassion Diet” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.
Cancellation: Because of inclement weather this event has been canceled for tonight and rescheduled for March 10 at 7 p.m.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
TUESDAY: Edith Pearlman reads from “Binocular Vision,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Mira Bartok reads from “The Memory Palace,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Poets Ifeanyi Menkiti, Doug Holder, and Lloyd Schwartz read at 6:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville ($4).
WEDNESDAY: Sanjiv Chopra (“Dr. Chopra Says”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Bob Halloran discusses “Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward,” at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … Novelist Ilie Ruby (“The Language of Trees”) presents a writing workshop from 10 to 11 a.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord; to register, call 978-369-2405 or visit store … Joanne Chang (“Flour”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot St., Natick ... Ida Hattemer-Higgins discusses "The History of History," at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. AVe., Cambridge.
THURSDAY: Translators from Ugly Duckling Press read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Allen Shawn reads from “Twin,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Richard J. McNally discusses “What Is Mental Illness?” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … James W. Bradley discusses “Revisiting Wampum and Other Seventeenth Century Shell Games,” at noon at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St.; for reservations, call 617-720-7600 ... Catherine Mann ("Accelerating the Globalization of America") speaks at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord.
SATURDAY: Patton Oswalt (“Zombie Spaceship Wasteland”) speaks at 2 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … Christian Lander discusses “Whiter Shades of Pale,” at 4 p.m., at Harvard Book Store.
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