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And other suburban locations This fast-growing national chain presents a packed schedule of readings, live music, and more. Harry Ellis Dickson, assistant conductor of the Boston Pops, dropped in to read from his book, Beating Time: A Musician’s Memoir. The stores also sponsor discussion groups, an excellent chance to read new works and meet folks with similar interests.
But wait, there’s more! Selling recordings as well as books, Borders hosts regular performances of live music as well. The Chestnut Hill branch, for instance, offers a Coffee House Series on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. in its cafe. Special events have even included an appearance by Bruce Hornsby. MTV meets suburban bookstore chain. Activities vary by branch; to get a full listing of upcoming programs, pick up a copy of their newsletter FootNote. Borders has lots of kids’ events, too, including story times.