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BEST Reading Series

2013 BEST Reading Series
The Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store


Readings can be intimate affairs, just you and other devotees listening to a favorite author in a cozy room. Or they can be major events, with big names enlightening the masses in a much grander space. This store uniquely offers… read more»

2012 BEST Reading Series

Harvard Book Store


Plenty of book stores host signings, but for a truly enlightening author event, two venues always vie for our top spot: the Brookline Booksmith and the Harvard Book Store. Both are homey, friendly, and proudly independent. But Harvard wins this… read more»

2011 BEST Reading Series

Harvard Book Store


It’s not exactly a shock that Harvard is able to reel in big names for its reading series. The pleasant surprise is the sheer variety, from political leaders (Ralph Nader) to literary-world sweethearts (Gary Shteyngart). Listen to discussions on the… read more»

2002 BEST Reading Series

WordsWorth Books


Finally, someone has figured out that all writers are frustrated actors. This Harvard Square institution has always been a writers’ haven, even for the obscure and esoteric. But now, having expanded its reading room and hired events guru Jim Behrle… read more»

2002 BEST Reading Series, West

Newtonville Books


This charming suburban bookstore scores big points for originality. Not only do folks at Newtonville Books attract a superb crowd of writers; they up the literary ante with unique events like Books & Brews, which features beer and free snacks… read more»

2000 BEST Reading Series

Brookline Booksmith


The Boston literary culture may actually exist on the opposite side of the Charles, but that hasn’t kept the folks in Coolidge Corner from thinking big. Writers like Dave Barry, Isabelle Allende, Frank McCourt, and Barbara Kingsolver have been featured… read more»

1999 BEST Reading Series

Harvard Book Store


In addition to bringing the authors to Boston, the Harvard Book Store also provides the most diverse and frequent reading series. HBS increases its breadth by teaming up with the Hasty Pudding Institute, the BPL, and the Harvard Film Archive… read more»

1996 BEST Reading Series

Boston Public Library


Ellen Grass has been coordinating the city’s most eclectic reading series for the past 10 years. the series works with local bookstores to bring in writers as diverse as radical poet Sapphire and political memoirist George McGovern. Comfy seats (and… read more»

1995 BEST Reading Series



A great mix of writers, from high-profile sensations like Martin Amis to cult favorites like David Sedaris, plus a comfortable space make this the best cheap date in a book-obsessed city. read more»