DEC. 11: Jane Yolen ("Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems") reads at 3 p.m. at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham (7.50 tickets at www.backpagesbooks.com, 781-209-0631) … Concord Free Public Library’s Weekend Poetry Series, with comic poetry from five authors, at 3 p.m.
DEC. 12: Poets Rosanna Warren and David Yezzi read at 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3)
DEC 13: John McDonough (“Inside National Health Reform”) reads at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith
DEC. 14: Saul Wisnia (“Fenway Park: The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball”) reads at 7 p.m. at Newtonville Books
DEC. 15: Nell Irvin Painter (“The History of White People”) speaks at 6 p.m. at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Ann Hood, Lynne Barret, Colin Channer, Jon Clinch, and John Dufresne (“Blue Christmas”) read at 7 p.m. at Newtonville Books … Elaine Tammi and Karin A. Tammi (“Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook) read and demonstrate at 7 p.m. at Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St. … Sophie Blackall (“Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found”) reads at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith
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