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Greater Boston author readings Oct. 9-15

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SUNDAY: Alice Hoffman reads from “The Dovekeeper,” at 4 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Leila Sales discusses “Past Perfect,” at 2 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Sarah Brannen reads from “The Pig Scramble,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord … Barbara Walsh signs “Sammy in the Sky” and “August Gale,” from noon to 2 p.m., at Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport.

MONDAY: Dava Sobel discusses “A More Perfect Heaven,” 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.

TUESDAY: Alison Weir discusses “Mary Boleyn,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Jeremy Ben Ami discusses “A New Voice for Israel,” at 7:30 p.m., at the BU Center for Digital Imaging Arts, 274 Moody St., Waltham … Kent Greenfield discusses “The Myth of Choice,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Carl Carlsen leads a discussion of Frank O’Hara’s “Lunch Poems,” at 10:30 a.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x10 or visit … Siddhartha Deb discusses “The Beautiful and the Damned,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Jon Katz discusses “Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die,” at 7 p.m., at Morse Institute Library, 14 Central St., Natick … Alice and Philip Shabecoff discuss “Poisoned for Profit,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley.

WEDNESDAY: Tom Ryan (“Following Atticus”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Lily Tuck (“I Married You for Happiness”) and Christina Shea (“Smuggled”) read at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Maria Tatar discusses “The Annotated Peter Pan,” at 6 p.m., at the Brattle Theatre; tickets ($5) available at, Harvard Book Store, or by calling 617-661-1515 … Poet Angela O’Donnell reads at 5 p.m., at Bentley University, 175 Forest St., Waltham … Ralph Engelman discusses “Friendlyvision” at 6 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Michael Hais and Morley Winograd (“Millennial Momentum”) sign books at 1:45 p.m. and speak at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge … Bernice McFadden (“Glorious,” “The Warmest December”) reads at 6 p.m., in the Bright Family Screening Froom, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

THURSDAY: Russell Banks (“Lost Memory of Skin”) speaks at 6 p.m., at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … Angela Gerst reads from “A Crack in Everything,” at 7 p.m., at Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., Waltham … Catherine Willis discusses “Boston Public Library,” at 6:30 p.m., at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St. … Karen Szklany Gault discusses “The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries,” at 6:30 p.m., at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St. … Tayari Jones reads from “The Silver Sparrow,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … The Harvard Square Coop holds a 6 p.m. book launch reception for “Explore Harvard” … Nick Trout (“Ever By My Side”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington … Kenneth Oppel reads from “This Dark Endeavor,” at 4 p.m., and Rama K. Ramaswamy reads from “Coming Full Circle,” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Stephen Puleo discusses “City So Grand,” at 7:30 p.m., at Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland Ave., Needham … Joseph Marr Cronin discusses “Reforming Boston Schools, 1930 to the Present,” at 5:30 p.m., at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Library Reading Room, Appian Way, Cambridge … Barbara Walsh reads from “August Gale,” at 6 p.m., at Andover Book Store, 89R Main St., Andover … Lesley Bannatyne discusses “Halloween Nation,” at 7:30 p.m., at Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., Charlestown.

FRIDAY: Dubravka Ugresic discusses “Karaoke Culture,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Stephen Mitchell discusses his new translation of Homer’s “Iliad,” at 3 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Marcella Pixley reads from “Without Tess,” at 4 p.m., at Concord Bookshop.

SATURDAY: The third annual Boston Book Festival takes place all day at locations in Copley Square; for complete information, visit … Henry Rollins discusses “Occupants,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Children’s author Laurie Isop reads from “How Do You Hug a Porcupine?” at 3:30 p.m., at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester … Paul Harding and Jaed Coffin read at the Tannery Series Halloween event, “As I Lay Dying,” at 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

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