She sets off for Central America with her idealistic boyfriend in 1987 looking to join the revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador. He unfolds a quieter yarn of a childhood in a prosperous and troubled Philadelphia Main Line family and a quest to become a writer. Deb Olin Unferth (“Revolution”) and DeWitt Henry (“Sweet Dreams”) will discuss their memoirs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Randy Susan Meyers (“The Murderer’s Daughters”) and Sarah Braunstein (“The Sweet Relief of Missing Children”) read at 2 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Karen Yamashita reads from “The I Hotel,” at 5 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Senator Scott Brown signs “Against All Odds,” from 1 to 3 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Dr. Kevin Nugent discusses “Your Baby Is Speaking to You,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Poets Martha Collins, Amy Clark, Bob Brooks, and Harris Gardner read at 3 p.m., at the Dance Studio, Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord ($6) … Kyle Darcy reads from “Under Current Conditions,” at 3 p.m., at Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf.
MONDAY: Poets Gerald Stern and Andrea Cohen read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Eric Herm discusses “Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth,” at 5 p.m., at New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford.
TUESDAY: Novelist Ha Jin speaks at 4:30 p.m., at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 237 Green Hall, Wellesley College, Wellesley … Deb Olin Unferth (“Revolution”) and DeWitt Henry (“Sweet Dreams”) speak at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Steve Goldman and the Baseball Prospectus Team discuss “Baseball Prospectus 2011,” at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square… Fellows and finalists from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship Program read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books. Readers include Jessica Bozek, Kathryn Burak, Preston Gralla, Cathy Jacobowitz, and Anna Ross … Professor Emerita Claire Keyes, Salem State University, presents a lecture/discussion on Adrienne Rich’s “Diving into the Wreck,” at 10:30 a.m., at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10 … Eric Herm discusses “Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth,” at 6:30 p.m., at Ames Free Public Library, 53 Main St., N. Easton … Suketu Mehta (“Maximum City”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Boston College, Chestnut Hill.
WEDNESDAY: Ian Rankin reads from “The Complaints,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Edith Pearlman (“Binocular Vision”) and Jessica Treadway (“Please Come Back to Me”) read at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … James Carroll discusses “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Dr. Sanjiv Chopra discusses “Doctor Chopra Says,” at 7 p.m., at Weston Public Library, 87 School St., Weston … Mark Warren discusses “Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge … Joshua Foer discusses “Moonwalking with Einstein,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sam Lipsyte reads from “The Ask,” at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books … Poets Marilyn Nelson and Dick Allen read at 6 p.m., in the Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.
THURSDAY: Ben Katchor reads from “The Cardboard Valise,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Tracy Winn discusses “Mrs. Somebody Somebody,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St., Concord.
FRIDAY: MFA candidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass-Boston read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … David Jones discusses “Two Brothers: One North, One South,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley.
SATURDAY: Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association present a book signing with featured Vericon authors at 12 p.m., at the bookstore.
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