Americans are a people largely guided by practical considerations. That is, according to Gordon S. Wood, except when it comes to the American Revolution. In "The Idea of America,'' the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian argues that the war for American independence was not fought over unfair taxation but principles, such as liberty and equality. Wood will discuss his book, a collection of essays, on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Concord Bookshop.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Poets Dzvinia Orlowsky and Patricia Fargnoli read at 2 p.m., at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.
MONDAY: Dorian Mintzer and Roberta Taylor discuss “The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Chris Adrian reads from “The Great Night,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Cynthia Grant Tucker (“No Silent Witness”) speaks, accepts the Melcher Book Award, and signs books at 4 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Association, 25 Beacon St.
TUESDAY: Jo Nesbo reads from “The Snowman,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Dorian Mintzer and Roberta Taylor discuss “The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle,” at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley … Clea Simon reads from “Dogs Don’t Lie,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Ann Hood (“The Red Thread”) and Robin Black (“If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Donald Van De Mark discusses “The Good Among the Great,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Nathaniel Philbrick discusses “The Last Stand,” at 7 p.m., at Cohasset High School, 143 Pond St., Cohasset ($10) … Margaret Morganroth Gullette discusses “Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Adult and Community Education, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., Brookline … Poets Richard Hoffman, Frannie Lindsay, and Kathleen Spivack read at 6:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Admission, $4
WEDNESDAY: Gary Shteyngart reads from “Super Sad True Love Story,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($5) available at harvard.com, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Douglas Kennedy (“In the Moment”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Gail Carson Levine reads from “Tale of Two Castles,” at 4 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Marianne Leone (“Jesse: A Mother’s Story”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Pembroke Public Library, 142 Center St., Pembroke.
THURSDAY: Michael Spence discusses “The Next Convergence,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Gwen Acton discusses “A Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics,” at 7:30 p.m., at Concord Free Library, 129 Main St., Concord … Kate Feiffer reads from “My Side of the Car,” at 9 a.m., and Pete Hamill reads from “Tabloid City,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books …Tina Haupert (“Carrots N’ Cake”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Dorian Mintzer and Roberta Taylor discuss “The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books … Anthony Sammarco discusses “Dorchester: A Compendium,” at 5:30 p.m., at Healey Library, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd. … Katharine Branning discusses “Yes, I Would Like Another Glass of Tea,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Mystery authors Julia Spencer-Fleming, Cammie McGovern, and Raffi Yessayan read at 7 p.m., at Maynard Library, 77 Nason St., Maynard … Buddy Cianci (“Politics and Pasta”) speaks at 6:30 p.m., at Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St.
FRIDAY: Harvard Book Store hosts a literary celebration beginning at 7 p.m. in honor of Amnesty International’s First 50 Years, featuring readings from local authors and scholars; for more information, visit: http://www.harvard.com/event/50_years_of_protecting_human_rights/ …
MFA candidates from local colleges read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Susane Colasanti reads from “So Much Closer,” at 4 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester.
SATURDAY: Senator Scott Brown signs “Against All Odds,” from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Community School of North Attleboro, 45 S. Washington St., North Attleboro … Marissa Doyle, Deva Fagan, Ellen Booraem, Dawn Metcalf, and Kate Milford, authors of fantasy novels for teens, speak at 2:30 p.m., at Tatnuck Bookseller, Westborough Shopping Center, Rte. 9 and Lyman St., Westborough.
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