Mon, Feb 19, 7PM — Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of CALL ME ZEBRA: A NOVEL

Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are Zebra’s only […]

Mon, Feb 26, 7PM — Lee McIntyre, author of POST-TRUTH

Are we living in a post-truth world, where “alternative facts” replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? How did we get here? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial through the rise of “fake news,” from our […]

Thu, Mar 1, 7PM — Lauren Slater, author of BLUE DREAMS: THE SCIENCE AND THE STORY OF THE DRUGS THAT CHANGED OUR MINDS

A groundbreaking and revelatory history of psychotropic drugs, from “a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer” (Washington Post). Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, not even their creators understand exactly how or why these drugs work–or don’t […]

Sat, Mar 3, 11AM — Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the middle-grade novel JASMINE TOGUCHI, SUPER SLEUTH

The second heartfelt story of friendship and sisterhood in this charming new chapter book series, starring a Japanese-American girl! It’s a big weekend for Jasmine Toguchi! She’s excited to celebrate Girl’s Day―a Japanese holiday honoring women and girls―with her sister, mother, and best friend, Linnie. On Friday after school, Linnie comes over to plan their […]

Wed, Mar 7, 7PM — Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of THE STOWAWAY: A YOUNG MAN’S EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE TO ANTARCTICA

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American […]

Tues, Mar 13, 7PM — Christopher B. Daly, author of COVERING AMERICA: A NARRATIVE HISTORY OF A NATION’S JOURNALISM

Today many believe that American journalism is in crisis, with traditional sources of news under siege from a failing business model, a resurgence of partisanship, and a growing expectation that all information ought to be free. In Covering America, Christopher B. Daly places the current crisis within a much broader historical context, showing how it […]

Wed, Mar 14, 7PM — Brock Clarke, author of THE PRICE OF THE HAIRCUT: STORIES

From an acclaimed and original writer comes a new collection of stories bursting with absurdist plot twists and laced with trenchant wit. Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England and Exley, among other novels, now offers up bite-sized morsels of his trademark social satire that will have readers laughing, […]

Thu, Mar 15, 7PM — Randi Triant, author of THE TREEHOUSE: A NOVEL

Camilla Thompson, a Humanities college professor who never did write that Great American Novel, hasn’t seen her son Nico for two years. One morning she drives to the house where her ex, Allison, is still raising Nico. Knowing that they are away for a week’s vacation, Camilla begins to build a treehouse as a surprise […]

Fri, Mar 16, 7PM — Will Boast, author of DAPHNE: A NOVEL, in conversation with Annie Hartnett, author of RABBIT CAKE: A NOVEL

In mesmerizing prose, best-selling and Rome Prize–winning author Will Boast reimagines the myth of Daphne and Apollo in this much-anticipated debut novel. Elegantly written and profoundly moving, this spellbinding debut affirms Boast’s reputation as a “new young American voice for the ages” (Tom Franklin). Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers […]

Tue, Mar 20, 7PM — Wendell Steavenson, author of PARIS METRO: A NOVEL

The tense and timely story of an Anglo-American journalist in Paris compelled to confront her own fears as terrorism threatens to engulf her family. From the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, Paris Metro is a story of East meets West. Kit, a reporter, has spent several years after […]

Wed, Mar 21, 7PM — ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: WOMEN WRITE THE WORLD: ESSAYS ON EQUALITY, JUSTICE, AND FREEDOM, with readings from Deborah Santana, Lisa A. Jones, Fabiana Monteiro, and Deborah L. Plummer

All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to […]

Fri, Mar 23, 7PM — Lauren Grodstein, author of OUR SHORT HISTORY: A NOVEL

Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant and single mother, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her […]