Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Colin Meloy, Touré, the Boston Book Festival — just trucking out to all these "shows" could keep a person from ever actually getting around to reading a book.
SVEN BIRKERTS + LEV GROSSMAN | September 20 | Upon the release of The Other Walk, the esteemed literary critic Sven Birkerts's first collection of autobiographical essays, Time magazine book critic and Lexington native Lev Grossman will return to Boston to read from the second novel in his series about foul-mouthed wizards-in-training, The Magician King. It's a little-known fact that book critics are among the world's most engaging public speakers. | Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton | 7 pm | Free | 617.244.6619 or newtonvillebooks.com
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