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Boston area author readings April 17-23

Posted by guest  April 14, 2011 10:33 AM

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He rubbed elbows with some of the Founding Fathers and founded the nation's first daily newspaper. Most people, if they know him at all, remember Noah Webster primarily for the dictionary he created. But in “The Forgotten Founding Father,” Joshua Kendall argues that Webster deserves to stand among the other Founding Fathers for his efforts to support the idea of a unified American identity rooted in a sense of national pride and embracing its own lexicon. Kendall will discusses his book Friday at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith.

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

SUNDAY: Stewart O’Nan reads from “Emily, Alone,” at 2 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Meg Muckenhoupt discusses “Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.

MONDAY: Martin A. Nowak discusses “SuperCooperators,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … April Ranger, Emily Sweeney, Carissa Halston, and Ethan Gilsdorf read at 8 p.m., at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Max H. Bazerman discusses “Blind Spots,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.

TUESDAY: Melissa Coleman discusses “This Life Is in Your Hands,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Roland Pease and Andre Gerard speak on “Editing and Publishing the Anthology,” at 7 p.m., at Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.

WEDNESDAY: Gail Mazur reads from “Figures in a Landscape,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Simon Schama (“Scribble, Scribble, Scribble”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Blake Butler reads from “There Is No Year,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … John Freeman, Katrina Kenison, and Marianne Leone speak on “Writing About Your Family,” at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($6).

THURSDAY: Philip Kerr reads from “Field Gray,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Abigail Dewitt discusses “Dogs,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Arthur Phillips discusses “The Tragedy of Arthur,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Kate Payne discusses “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking,” at 7 p.m., at Concord Bookshop … John DeVito discusses “Epic Television Miniseries,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Elizabeth Berg (“Once Upon a Time, There Was You”) reads at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Karen Finley (“The Reality Shows”) and Jessica Hagedorn (“Toxicology”) read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Reed Brockman discusses “From Sundaes to Space Stations: Careers in Civil Engineering,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Molly Peacock discusses “The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72,” at noon, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10.5 Beacon St.; for reservations, call 617-720-7600 … Anthony Lewis (“Freedom for the Thought That We Hate”) receives the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award at 6:30 p.m., at Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St. … Artists featured in E. Ashley Rooney’s “100 Artists of New England” appear at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … William Martin reads from “City of Dreams,” at7 p.m., at Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

FRIDAY: David R. Slavitt (“Love Poems, Letters, and Remedies of Ovid”) speaks at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Joshua Kendall discusses “The Forgotten Founding Father,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

SATURDAY: Ming Tsai discusses “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals,” at 1 p.m., at Porter Square Books ... David Kelly signs "The Fenway Foul-Up," at 1 p.m., at Friendly Neighborhood Comics, 191 Mechanic St., Bellingham.

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