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Boston area author readings July 10-16

Posted by guest  July 7, 2011 09:53 AM

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It rocketed to number one on’s bestseller list a month before its expected release, and a movie deal has already been completed. Who would've guessed that a parody of a whimsical children's book about a father's frustration over attempts to put his child to sleep would strike a chord with so many? Really? Every try to put a kid to sleep? Writer Adam Mansbach and illustrated Ricardo Cortes will discuss their hit “Go the F*** to Sleep” on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith.

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

SUNDAY: Jeffrey Cramer discusses “The Quotable Thoreau,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.

TUESDAY: Kitty Pilgrim reads from “The Explorer’s Code,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Novelists Laura Harrington (“Alice Bliss”) and Rebecca Makkai (“The Borrower”) speak at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.

WEDNESDAY: Pam Lewis reads from “A Young Wife,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … John Sayles (“Morning in the Sun”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St., Duxbury; tickets (required) available at the library and Westwinds Bookshop, 35 Depot St., Duxbury … Laura Harrington discusses “Alice Bliss,” at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown.

THURSDAY: John Banville (Benjamin Black) reads from “A Death in Summer,” 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 … Lynne Griffin (“Sea Escape”) and Alethea Black (“I Knew You’d Be Lovely”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … Jael McHenry discusses “The Kitchen Daughter,” at 7 p.m., at Concord Bookshop … Anthony M. Sammarco discusses “The Baker Chocolate Company,” at 6:30 p.m., at Langley Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland.

SATURDAY: David Hyde Costello reads from “Little Pig Joins the Band,” at 11 a.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

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