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Brookline Reads

Our Most Recent Selection

The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, by Colson Whitehead, is this year’s Brookline Reads selection. Whitehead will be at the Brookline High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 25.

Our Brookline Reads programs leading up to Colson Whitehead’s appearance include
  • Wednesday, April 4: A screening of the uplifting documentary Our Mockingbird, introduced by filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, at 7 PM in Hunneman Hall at our Brookline Village location.
  • Saturday, April 7: A walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on April 7 (rain date April 8) led by Suzette Abbott of Hidden Brookline, starting at 2 PM at the Town Hall.
  • Thursday, April 12: Judge Nancy Gertner will moderate a conversation on the economic realities of racism. She will be joined by experts in the fields of law, economics, and journalism. This discussion will take place at 7 PM in Hunneman Hall at our Brookline Village location.
  • Wednesday, April 25: A discussion with author Colson Whitehead. This event will take place at 7 PM at the Brookline High School Auditorium, 115 Greenough Street.

Register for events here

Brookline Reads

Brookline Reads is the Library’s town-wide reading event. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library, this program encourages community discussion of the selected book and its themes through a variety of special events and panels. Since 2004, the Library has welcomed authors, journalists and a host of distinguished guests to join our community discussion of the Brookline Reads selection. All events are free and open to the public.

Previous Selections

In addition to these books, Brookline Reads also chose the theme Murder and Mayhem in Boston in 2009. Residents were encouraged to read a variety of locally-set mysteries by Linda Barnes, William Tapply, William Martin and Cynthia Peale (Nancy Zaroulis) that explore how the city informs the personalities of the characters and drives the plot.