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Boston area author readings Feb. 27-March 5

Posted by guest  February 24, 2011 10:19 AM

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The Andreas sisters, Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia were named for characters in Shakespeare's plays by their father, an English professor who specializes in, of course, Shakespeare. In Eleanor Brown's likable, gracefully written debut, “The Weird Sisters,” the three women, who like many siblings "love one another'' but "just don’t happen to like one another very much,’’ return home to support their mother, who is being treated for breast cancer. Comedy, Shakespeare allusions, and fraught family squabbles ensue. Brown will read from her novel Thursday at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books.

And now for the rest of the list, read on.

SUNDAY: Urban Waite (“The Terror of Living”) and Micah Nathan (“Losing Graceland”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.

MONDAY: Anand Giridharadas reads from “India Calling,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Poets Kathleen Aguero and Charles Pratt read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Contributors to Slush Pile Magazine and The Harvard Review read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Michael Showalter discusses “Mr. Funny Pants,” at 4 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Christopher Browning (“Ordinary Men”) speaks on “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimonies,” at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill.

TUESDAY: Andre Dubus III (with Richard Russo) discusses “Townie,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; or by calling 617-661-1515 … James Carroll (with Charles Radin) discusses “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” at 7 p.m., at Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton; tickets ($18) available at or call 617-965-5226 … Israeli novelist Meir Shalev (“Beginnings: Reflections on the Bible’s Intriguing Firsts”) speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College, Wellesley … Meghan MacLean Weir discusses “Between Expectations,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Professor J.D. Scrimgeour, Salem State University, presents a lecture/discussion on “Selected Poems of Langston Hughes,” at 10:30 a.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10 … Daniel W. Drezner discusses “Theories of International Politics and Zombies,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge ... Steve Early discusses "The Civil Wars in US Labor," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

WEDNESDAY: Laura J. Snyder discusses “The Philosophical Breakfast Club,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Adam Schwartz discusses “A Stranger on the Planet,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Jodi Picoult (with musician Ellen Wilber) discusses “Sing You Home,” at 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … John McMillian discusses “Smoking Typewriters,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop ... Linda Sexton reads from "Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

THURSDAY: Eleanor Brown reads from “The Weird Sisters,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Jared Duval discusses “Next Generation Democracy,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jeannie Lindheim discusses “Trusting the Moment,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Tess Gerritsen (“Harvest,” “The Bone Garden”) speaks at 7:30 p.m., at the College Club of Boston, 44 Comm. Ave. (dinner at 6:30 p.m.); for tickets ($35), reservations, and further information, call 617-536-9510 x 10 … Jennifer Wright Knust discusses "Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire" at 7 p.m., at Tufts Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth … Linda Sexton discusses “Half in Love,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop ... Lewis Hyde discusses "Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership," at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

FRIDAY: Maya Jasanoff discusses “Liberty’s Exiles,” at 3 p.m., and Gabrielle Hamilton (with Barbara Lynch) discusses “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Leslie Williams, Marc Jampole, Debrah Morkun, and Timothy Gager read at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge.

SATURDAY: Ted Clarke signs “South of Boston,” at from 1 to 3 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 96 Derby St., Hingham ... Porter Square Books holds a launch party for Dale Peterson ("Moral Lives of Animals") and Daniel Dennett ("Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind").

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