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Boston area author readings July 31-Aug. 6

Posted by guest  July 28, 2011 10:00 AM

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Summertime and the reading is easy. While students put away the textbooks weeks ago, it's prime time for recreational reading. In a pairing of the classic and the modern, Michelle Ray gives us a tale of a modern-day Ophelia dating Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Hounded by paparazzi and her boyfriend's overbearing family, Ophelia, a blonde, beautiful high school senior, chronicles Hamlet's descent into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the king. And all of it in live television interviews. Ray will read from from her debut novel, “Falling for Hamlet,'' on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Wellesley Books.

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

SUNDAY: Wendy Swart Grossman reads from “Behind the Wheel: A Mother’s Journal of a Year on the Road,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … A book launching reception for Tom MacDonald’s “The Charlestown Connection: A Crime Novel,” takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., at Navy Yard Bistro, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown.

MONDAY: Alice LaPlante reads from “Turn of Mind,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner.

TUESDAY: Tom Mashberg and Anthony M. Amore discuss “Stealing Rembrandts,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Carol Leonard discusses “Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Mitchell Zuckoff discusses “Lost in Shangri-La,” at 7 p.m., at Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St., Westborough.

WEDNESDAY: Howard J. Erlichman discusses “Conquest, Tribute, and Trade,” at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Tom McDonald reads from “The Charlestown Connection,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

THURSDAY: Anthony Sammarco discusses “Forest Hills Cemetery,” at 6:30 p.m., at Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge St.; reception at 5:30 p.m. ($10) … Keith Scribner discusses “The Oregon Experiment,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Karsten Knight reads from “Wildefire,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

FRIDAY: Adam Golaski, Anne Ipsen, Ray Carbonneau, and Timothy Gager read at 8 p.m., at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge.

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