When it comes to sex, many people think the Bible largely urges a singular response: Just say no. In "Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire,'' Jennifer Wright Knust, a biblical scholar and Boston University professor takes a close look at what the Bible actually says about issues such as monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, gender roles, and, well, sex. Knust will discusses her book Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.
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MONDAY: Lorraine Massey discusses “Curly Girl: The Handbook,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Kevin Young reads from “Ardency,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (“The Story of Marrakesh”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … New England Poetry Club members read love poems at 7 p.m., at Harvard Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Glenn Scott Allen reads from “The Shadow War,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Susan Engel discusses “Red Flags or Red Herrings,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Gordon Martin discusses “Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Anne Germanacos reads from “In the Time of the Girls,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … James L. Kugel discusses “In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge … Abbas Milani discusses “The Shah,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Rebecca Skloot discusses “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” at 7 p.m., at Yawkey Athletics Center, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Professor Dan Sklar, Endicott College, presents a lecture/discussion of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” at 10:30 a.m., at the Peabody Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10.
WEDNESDAY: Adam Schwartz and Dan Chiasson discuss “Stranger on the Planet” and “Where’s the Moon There’s the Moon,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Anne Enright (“The Gathering”) speaks at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … “Ploughshares” founding editor Dewitt Henry reads from and discusses “Sweet Dreams,” at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … Peter Hessler discusses “Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Lester Brown discusses “World on the Edge,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Nicholas Inadolo discusses “Cut the Crap…And Write That Damned Screenplay!” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square.
THURSDAY: David Levithan (“The Lover’s Dictionary”) and Hannah Pittard (“The Fates Will Find Their Way”) read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Carolyn Wilkins discusses “Damn Near White,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Daniel Rasmussen discusses “American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt,” at Harvard Book Store … Jessica B. Harris discusses “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15); for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Sheldon Krimsky discusses “Genetic Justice,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Poets Nadia Herman Colburn, Faye George, and Grey Held read at 6:30 p.m., at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St.; RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY: Jaimy Gordon reads from “The Lord of Misrule,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Steve Almond discusses “Bad Poetry,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store; evening includes readings of Bad Poetry Contest winners.
SATURDAY: Susan Santangelo discusses “Retirement Can Be Murder,” at 2:30 p.m., at Centerville Library, 585 Main St., Centerville … Jane Kohuth discusses “Ducks Go Vroom,” at 2 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley.
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