What are you doing on Monday? That’s when I’ll be joining music scribe Brett Milano for a conversation on “Writing About Music” at Brookline Booksmith. How do we do it? Do we dare to share the real backstage secrets? Brett is the author of several grand music books, including the iconic Sound of Our Town and Don’t All Thank Me At Once, the ultimate biography of Game Theory genius Scott Miller. Thanks to Brett’s extensive library, we’ll start off with some local tunes, all at 7 p.m.

On Thursday (Dec. 7) I’ll be one of more than 50 crime fiction authors gathered to honor New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen – and to celebrate New England Mobile Book Fair’s sixth annual Mystery Gala. If you’ve been before, you know what a cheery, chaotic party it is – think food (and lots of it), authors, and friends you’ve not seen in ages. That’s 6-8 p.m., please come by!

Can’t make either of these? Over at Harvard Book Store, they’ve posted the “Holiday 100”! Recommended – and discounted 20% – especially for the holidays, this special display ranges from Art and Architecture to Young Adult, with plenty of fiction (including signed copies of World Enough) in between. And New York-area readers might want to check out the Mysterious Bookshop, where they’ve now got signed copies of World Enough in stock!