We just can't seem to get get enough of the smallest of the 12 little girls in two straight lines who lived in the old house in Paris that was covered with vines. John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the Madeleine books, donned up his famous grandpere's mantle a few years ago. Marciano will discuss the newest book in the series, “Madeline at the White House,” on Tuesday 2:30 p.m., at Concord Bookshop and on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Wellesley Free Library.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Ahmed Kathrada discusses “No Bread for Mandela: The Memoirs of Ahmed Kathrada, Prisoner no. 468/64,” at 1 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley; RSVP 781-431-1160 or firstname.lastname@example.org … Clare Walker Leslie discusses “The Nature Connection,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Ed Webster (“Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest”) speaks at 2 p.m., at Cary Hall, 1605 Mass. Ave., Lexington.
MONDAY: Glen Scott Allen reads from “The Shadow War,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Sylvie Weil (“At Home with Andre and Simone Weil”) and Palle Yourgrau (“Simone Weil”) speak at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Elaine Scarry discusses “Thinking in an Emergency,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Joe Flood discusses “The Fires,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Mystery authors Clea Simon (“Dogs Don’t Lie”) and Rosemary Herbert (“Front Page Teaser”) speak at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Poet Brian Turner (“Here, Bullet”) speaks at 7:30 p.m., in Higgins Hall, room 300, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … The Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, hosts “Common Threads: Seven Poets and a Wealth of Readers,” at 10:30 a.m.; for more information and to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10 or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
WEDNESDAY: Andrew Rimas discusses “Empires of Food,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge … Marjorie Garber discusses “The Use and Abuse of Literature,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Monica McInerney (“At Home with the Templetons”) and Ladette Randolph (“A Sandhills Ballad”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Francisco Goldman discusses “Say Her Name,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Rachel DeWoskin (“Big Girl Small”) and Meg Howrey (“Blind Sight”) read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Dan Barry discusses “Bottom of the 33rd,” at 7 p.m., at Concord Bookshop … Sr. Helen Prejean discusses “Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues,” at 7 p.m., at St. Cecilia Church, 18 Belvidere St. … Laura Munson reads from “This Is Not the Story You Think It Is,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Bob Allison (“The American Revolution ”) and Louis P. Masur (“The Civil War”) speak at 7 p.m., at the Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St. … The Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival, featuring poet Brian Turner as keynote speaker, takes place at 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center, Boston College.
THURSDAY: Howard Gardner discusses “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Colm Toibin (“Brooklyn”) speaks at 7 p.m., in Devlin Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill … Mary Gordon (“The Love of My Youth”) and Meg Wolitzer (“The Uncoupling”) read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Kenji Yoshino reads from “A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Edward Conlon reads from “Red on Red,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Joshua Kendall discusses “The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St. ($15); for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Fiction writer Luke Salisbury reads at 4 p.m., at Halle Library, Endicott College, Beverly … Michael B. Fossel (“The Immortality Edge”), John Seager, and Sally Jackson speak on the topic of “Never Say Die: Immortality and Overpopulation,” at 6:30 p.m., in the Moot Court Rm., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.
FRIDAY: Deval Patrick discusses “A Reason to Believe,” at 7 p.m., at First Parish Church, Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Rick and William Ayers discuss “Teaching the Taboo,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … MFA candidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass-Boston read from their work at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Labor historian James Green (“Death in the Haymarket”) speaks at 7:30 p.m., in Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester.
SATURDAY: Christopher McDougall discusses “Born to Run,” at 2 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Maria Menounos signs “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life,” at 2 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Newtonville Books presents a book party from 2 to 4 p.m., at Union Street Restaurant, Newton Centre, to celebrate the release of “The Pale King,” by David Foster Wallace; literary magazines also featured.
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