Best of Boston

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 (formerly of Brookline Booksmith), WordsWorth has gone Hollywood. Before a wall of windows overlooking Brattle Street and with enough seats to daunt even bestselling authors, readings feel more like the Today show than Masterpiece Theatre (although without the inane chatter). There’s an equally impressive A-list of literary guests—Ethan Hawke (on the 8th), for example, and Alain De Botton (on the 9th) this month alone.

30 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-354-5201,