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Boston area author readings July 24-30

Posted by guest  July 21, 2011 10:16 AM

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This year's Boston Book Festival won't begin until mid-October, but organizers believe it isn't too early to pass the hat, along with a few hors d'oeuvres. On Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, the festival will host a fund-raiser, featuring Tom Perrotta, who will read from "The Leftovers,'' his new novel about the Rapture. Perrotta, will also face a light-hearted interview with comedian Steven Brykman. Besides the entertainment, there will be a beer and wine open bar and a little noshing, and all for a donation of $35 or more.

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

SUNDAY: Poets John Barr and Stanley Moss read at 4 p.m., at Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge … David Rottenberg reads from “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig,” at 2 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner; dance performance featured.

MONDAY: Meera Subramanian and others discuss “Best Women’s Travel Writing,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Dawn Tripp discusses “Game of Secrets,” at 7 p.m., at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham … Mary Quattlebaum gives an interactive reading of “Pirate vs. Pirate,” at 3 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley … The Bagel Bards celebrate the 6th volume of their annual anthology at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge.

WEDNESDAY: John Burnham Schwartz reads from “Northwest Corner,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Ethan Daniels discusses “Under Cape Cod Waters,” at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square.

THURSDAY: Sapphire reads from “The Kid,” at 7 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; tickets ($12) available at Harvard Book Store or by calling 617-661-1515 … Jennifer Haigh discusses “Faith,” at 6 p.m., at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown … Joseph Dane reads from “Dogfish Memory,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Tom Perrotta speaks with comedian Steven Brykman and reads from “The Leftovers,” at 6 p.m., at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; tickets ($35) available at (proceeds benefit Boston Book Festival).

FRIDAY: Local teenagers from Boston Mobilization share stories of race and racism in schools at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Lisa Genova (“Still Alice,” “Left Neglected”) speaks at 4 p.m., at Sea View, 76 Chase Ave., Dennis Port; tickets ($20 in advance; $25 at door) available at Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St., Dennis Port--for more information, call the library at 508-760-6219 (proceeds benefit Dennis Public Library).

SATURDAY: Steve Ulfelder discusses “Purgatory Chasm,” at 3 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 96 Derby St., Hingham.

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