CHRIS FARAONE | February 28
The Phoenix's Chris Faraone has been reporting from the front lines of the Occupy movement since it began. He spent the final months of 2011 visiting a number of occupations before local governments shut them down. The result is 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, his first book, one in which he brings his hard-won insight and signature style to the defining political movement of our time. Faraone's work is essential reading for occupiers, sympathizers, and those wondering why, exactly, a bunch of people chose to sleep in tents in public parks.
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline | 7pm | FreeDAVID WOLMAN | March 6
In A Handmaid'sTale, Margaret Atwood speculated that a band of fundamentalist Christians would overthrow the United States government and force women into a state of subjugation not seen since the Dark Ages. The first harbinger? Credit cards stopped working. Thirty years later, any number of startups are vying to create the app that will cause a critical mass of people to pay for things by waggling their mobiles in front of a sensor. In his new book, The End of Money:Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers—and the Coming Cashless Society (Da Capo), Wired magazine's David Wolman explores how the American public is racing to relinquish the autonomy of cash.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 7 pm | Free
ADAM WILSON | March 8
Adam Wilson's father, the novelist and Tufts professor Jonathan Wilson, has deep ties to the Boston literary community, and while working on his first novel, Wilson the younger has slung books at BookCourt, the local independent favored by most of Brooklyn's 400,000 novelists. Unsurprisingly, the world is primed for Flatscreen (Harper Perennial), a bildungsroman about a bored, bourgie stoner. His publisher even coaxed a blurb from the notoriously taciturn Gary Shteyngart, who calls Flatscreen "the novel that every young Turk will be reading on their way to a job they hate and are in fact too smart for."
Newtonville Books, 269 Walnut St, Newtonville | 7 pm | Free
PETER CAMERON + MARGOT LIVESEY | March 19
Two British-born novelists will visit the BPL to read from their latest novels. Peter Cameron, an Englishman in New York, last published the rapturously received YA crossover novel Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. He returns to the world of grown-up fiction with Coral Glynn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a novel set in the postwar English countryside. The Scottish-born Margot Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) will read from her forthcoming novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy (Harper), set in postwar Scotland.
Boston Public Library Central Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston | 6 pm | Free
GEORGE DYSON | March 20
George Dyson — science historian, kayak innovator, and scionof theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson — has turned his attentions to the circumstances surrounding the invention of the computer in Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (Pantheon).
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | 6 pm | $5