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Booked: Brookline's Claire Willis

March 26, 2014: Death is one of our last taboo topics, but if it were up to Claire Willis, we would be meeting at cafés, talking about it as openly as the characters on Sex & The City dished about sex. In fact one of her missions is to start a Brookline chapter in the “death café” movement. Willis, a licensed clinical social worker, has been counseling Oncology patients and helping clients with end-of-life issues for the past 25 years. Her new book, Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life, is both a writing guide and a workbook for people struggling to find meaning and hope in the last stages of life.


Booked: Brookline's Leah Cypress


March 26, 2014: Brookline’s Leah Cypess is the author behind YA fantasy novels Mistwood and Nightspell. Leah’s new novel, Death Sworn, is a tale of a young sorceress exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins. I spoke with Leah by phone to ask her about the state of YA fiction today compared to when she was growing up, and to find out how she managed to find time to be a full-time writer while raising three kids.


Booked: Megan Marshall

March 9, 2014: Author and Emerson College professor Megan Marshall recently appeared at the Brookline Booksmith to promote the paperback release of her critically acclaimed biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. The New York Times proclaimed that the book “delivers a lovely and bumpy coming-of-age story, one of the best such stories nineteenth-century America has to offer.” I spoke with Ms. Marshall by phone and asked her why she thinks there is still so much interest in the journalist and teacher Margaret Fuller.


Booked: Jessica Keener


February 12, 2014: Local author Jessica Keener, whose debut novel Night Swim was a national bestseller, returns with Women in Bed: nine stories about different stages of love—from desire and unrequited love to marriage and familial love to betrayal and forgiveness. I emailed with Jessica to talk about her new collection and her Brookline Booksmith event happening this Wednesday, February 12 at 7PM.


Booked: Liz Prince


February 8, 2014: It’s the anti-Valentine’s Day event you won’t want to miss—webcomic artist Liz Prince will be appearing at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, this Tuesday, February 11, at 7PM. Prince is the woman behind the seriously funny webcomic Alone Forever, which is also the title of her new book. Tim Finn, professor at Lesley University College of Art and Design and owner of Union Square, Somerville's Hub Comics, will be joining the conversation.

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