Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lots of Boston readings tonight, May 19

Iain Pears reads from “Stone’s Fall,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Lise Funderburg reads from “Pig Candy,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Elizabeth Berg (“Home Safe”) and Augusten Burroughs (“A Wolf at the Table”) speak at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley; admission on first come, first served basis … Daniel Asa Rose discusses “Larry’s Kidney,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.

The Globe has a story on Pears' work in today's paper:

Iain Pears is the kind of multitalented author who could make many people squirm and wonder why they haven't done more with their lives. Pears was educated at Oxford and has been an art historian, a wire service reporter, a mystery writer, and a historical novelist...

His new book, "Stone's Fall," stretches the envelope even more. It's a 594-page doorstop loaded with historical research and interwoven plotlines. The Stone in question is an English lord who plunged from a window to his death, in what may or may not have been an accident. The complex narrative rolls backward from 1953 to 1909 to 1867 to unearth how and why the industrialist Stone died, plumbing his relationship to an unknown child named in his will.

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