Where can you find the best reader series around?

According to Boston magazine, Harvard Book Store offers the best reader series around town.

Boston magazine's Best of Boston 2012

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 year for its muscular lineup: This past spring the store brought to town political heavyweights Paul Krugman and Madeleine Albright, fiction legends Joyce Carol Oates and Peter Carey, and local writers Audrey Schulman and Pablo Medina.

Find Harvard Book Store:

1256 Massachusetts Ave.

2 thoughts on “Where can you find the best reader series around?

  1. What about Porter Square Books? Newtonville Books? We are perhaps the most fortunate city of readers in the country, with hardly an evening all year when you don’t have an excellent author reading/signing someplace.

  2. You are right. We do have plenty to choose from. Porter Square Books and Newtonville Books, as well as Brookline Booksmith, all have excellent reader series. Newtonville Books recently moved to Newton Centre, Brookline Booksmith bought globecorner.com and created a Globe Corner travel annex to the store, Trident Cafe is expanding. There is a lot to celebrate!

    In addition to Harvard Book Store getting the best reader series award, Boston magazine also gave the Best Books of Boston 2012 award to The Coop, also in the heart of Harvard Square, and Best Children’s Bookstore of 2012 went to The Children’s Book Shop in Brookline. And Jack Gantos was named Best Author of Boston 2012:

    This year, Boston’s literary world hit the jackpot with national success stories in local writers Erin Morgenstern and Jack Gantos. Morgenstern’s fantastical debut novel about dueling magicians, The Night Circus, won raves (and a movie deal). But Gantos, a veteran author and former Emerson professor, soared to even greater heights when he won the Newbery Medal — the kid-lit version of the Best Picture Oscar — for his quirky, semi-autobiographical Dead End in Norvelt, about a boy growing up writing obituaries in an increasingly eerie town.

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