In "Peace Meals'' Anna Badhken, a journalist and mother, writes about her travels in war zones. Not just the soldiers and the unspeakable daily violence. But the ordinary men, women, and children caught up in the grinder of geopolitical turmoil. She writes of the hope and grief and humanity in the simplest acts of their daily lives. And of breaking bread. Badhken will discuss her book Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Free Library, 129 Main St. in Concord.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Senator Bernie Sanders discusses “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class,” at 11:30 a.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Tim Johnson reads from “Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China,” at 2 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
MONDAY: Dambisa Moyo discusses “How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Mark Massa (“The American Catholic Revolution”) speaks at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Poets David Rivard and Ales Debeljak read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3).
TUESDAY: Martha Grimes reads from “Fadeaway Girl,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Susan Jacoby discusses “Never Say Die,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Novelists Susan Straight and Marlon James speak at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College, Wellesley …. Professor Carl Carlsen, North Shore Community College, presents a lecture/discussion on Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” at 10:30 a.m., at the Peabody Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10 … Wendy Kopp discusses “A Chance to Make History,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Poets Charles Coe, Susan Donnelly, and Tomas O’Leary read at 6:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, Poetry at the Café, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville ($4).
WEDNESDAY: Christian G. Samito (“Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era”) speaks at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … M.L. Liebler and Al Kooper (“Working Words”) speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Edward Glaeser discusses “The Triumph of the City,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jennifer Wright Knust discusses “Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Joseph McElroy reads from “Night Soul and Other Stories,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
THURSDAY: Deborah Harkness reads from “A Discovery of Witches,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sally Brady reads from “Box of Darkness,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Chris Jericho signs “Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University … Dr. John Sharp discusses “The Emotional Calendar,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Parag Khanna discusses “How to Run the World,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Daniel Klein and Tom Cathcart (“Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar”) speak at 7 p.m., at the Pingree School, South Hamilton.
FRIDAY: MFA candidates from UMass-Boston, Emerson, and Boston University read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Izzeldin Abuelaish discusses “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Children’s illustrator Sucie Stevenson signs her work from 5 to 7 p.m., at an artist’s reception at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., S. Yarmouth.
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