Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston this week

The Breakers gussies up for the holidays, rare books and contemporary crafts come to town, and more.

The Breakers Mansion in Newport.
The Preservation Society of Newport
The Breakers Mansion in Newport.

November 11


The American Legion of Massachusetts’s annual Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets and winds up at City Hall Plaza.

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November 16


In writing The Patriarch, his nearly 900-page biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, David Nasaw had something other biographers didn’t — unrestricted access to the patriarch’s papers at the John F. Kennedy Library. The book comes out Tuesday, and Nasaw will discuss it on Friday at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store. 617-661-1515;

Jonkers Rare Books

November 16-18


Educational talks, a chance to have antique books appraised, and, of course, a great many gorgeous rare editions are some of the attractions at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Veterans Convention Center. Tickets start at $


Can you guess which of these gems, to be shown at the fair, has the highest value (Scroll down for answer)?

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a. 1830s hand-painted vellum copy of the Holy Bible and The Book of Common Prayer

b. First edition of H.G. Wells’s The History of Mr. Polly in original jacket

c. 1894 limited edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

d. First edition (signed) of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence



Get an early jump on your holiday shopping, or pick up one-of-a-kind trinkets for yourself, at the Paradise City show in Marlborough. Browse jewelry, photography, glass and ceramics, sculpture, furniture, and other useful and/or decorative items. Admission is $12. 800-511-9725;

November 17-January 1


The Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House get dressed up in their gilded best for the annual Christmas at the Newport Mansions tours. Holiday Evenings, with live music and refreshments, are also offered on select dates. Tickets for daytime tours start at $14.50; evening tours cost $28. 401-847-1000;

ANSWER: d. This copy of Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winner is worth $32,500.

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