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    Reader prom takes a novel approach to helping others

    Step aside jocks and cheerleaders, the bookworms are taking over prom this year.

    Porter Square Books is holding its first-ever Reader Prom June 9, a book drive that’ll also give you an excuse to dig out your old prom dress or tuxedo. And no need to stress over finding a date because a copy of a favorite novel to donate to the Y2Y Homeless Shelter in Harvard Square will suffice. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Porter Square Books Foundation.

    Of course, like all high-school dances, there’ll be chaperones. But instead of gym teachers and parent volunteers, attendees will mingle with bestselling authors, illustrators, and local writers. Chaperoning this particular prom will be Celeste Ng, bestselling author of “Little Fires Everywhere,” poet/educator Krysten Hill, and Raúl Gonzalez (a.k.a. Raúl the Third), illustrator of “Lowriders in Space” and “Lowriders to the Center of the Earth” and a teacher of children’s drawing classes at the MFA.


    Attendees can enjoy snacks, drinks, a cash bar, music and dancing, and games. The event takes place June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the George Dilboy VFW in Somerville. Tickets at www.porter

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