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Boston area author readings Aug. 21-27

Posted by guest  August 18, 2011 10:34 AM

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In her lively and fun new book, Carmela Ciuraru briefly profiles16 cases of writers who published under pseudonyms. Ciuraru examines the cases of women who adopted male names in order to be taken seriously, such as George Sand, born Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, and the Brontë sisters. Then there are others like George Orwell and Lewis Carroll who, Ciuraru writes, “longed to escape the burdens of selfhood.” Ciuraru will read from ‘‘Nom De Plume’’ on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.

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

SUNDAY: Leanne Lasofsky discusses ‘‘My Life,’’ at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.

MONDAY: Kevin Wilson reads from ‘‘The Family Fang,’’ at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; James Reeves discusses ‘‘The Road to Somewhere,’’ at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge; Thomas H. Cook discusses ‘‘The Quest for Anna Klein,’’ at 7 p.m., at Yellow Umbrella Books, Main St., Chatham.

TUESDAY: Nicola McEldowney presents Rudyard Kipling’s ‘‘Just So Stories,’’ at 2 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner; Annamarie Pluhar discusses ‘‘Sharing Housing,’’ at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books.

WEDNESDAY: Lance M. Dodes discusses ‘‘Breaking Addiction,’’ at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

THURSDAY: Roland Merullo reads from ‘‘The Talk Funny Girl,’’ at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square; Gail Caldwell discusses ‘‘Let’s Take the Long Way Home,’’ at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store; Charles C. Mann discusses ‘‘1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created,’’ at 7 p.m., at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham; Carmela Ciuraru reads from ‘‘Nom De Plume,’’ at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books; Vincent McCaffrey reads from ‘‘A Slepying Hound to Wake,’’ at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith; J.M. Tohline discusses ‘‘The Great Lenore,’’ at 7 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester; A reading and book release party for Gillian Devereux’s ‘‘They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights’’ takes place at 7 p.m., at Lorem Ipsum Books, 1299 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

Announcements must arrive at two weeks before publication date. Events are subject to change.

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