Boston Book Feed
Call for Submissions
Mar. 10, 2018
Writers! There are some local literary magazines and writing contests open for submissions:
- Redivider is now accepting submissions for their Beacon Street Prize
- apt is now reading for their print edition, focusing on long-form work
- Pocket Change is accepting submission for their Spring 2018 volume through March 31
- Ploughshares is now accepting submissions for their
Emerging Writer's Contest
- Cambridge Arts is looking to put your poems in cement in their
2018 Sidewalk Poetry Contest
Boston Literary History: Hannah Webster Foster
Mar. 8, 2018
Happy International Women's Day! In honor of it and Throwback Thursday, we have a new article up in our Literary History section on Hannah Webster Foster, the author of The Coquette. Find out more about her life and work in our newest post, by guest author Céillie Clark-Keane.
Help Out Trident Books
Mar. 6, 2018
Looking for a way to help out Trident Booksellers and Cafe as they recover from the fire last week? As they say on their website, "Our website is always open. Gift cards can be emailed and books are available to be shipped!" While you're inside hiding from the next nor'easter tomorrow, go buy some books!
New Book Club Begins at IAM Books
Mar. 5, 2018
Opened in Oct. 2015, IAM Books, the country's first Italian-American bookstore, is located in the North End (across from the Paul Revere house). They've just launched a book club that meets the first Wednesday of the month. Head here for more information.
Black Writers of Boston's History
Feb. 26, 2018
Boston has a rich literary history, and in honor of Black History Month we wanted to highlight some of the literary personalities - from first published authors to journalists to literary magazine editors to literary society creators - of Boston's past, in our newest post.
Sunset Rising: A Conversation with Laura Rees
Feb. 19, 2018
Meet the newest writer-in-residence of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, Laura Rees, currently serving a nine-month residency at the Copley Square branch. We talk about the novel she's writing, craft, YA literature, and more, in our interview.
ALA Awards Announced Today
Feb. 12, 2018
The American Library Association announced their awards this morning, honoring the top books, videos, and audio books for children and young adults. Find the complete listing, including the Caldecott, Newbury, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Stonewall awards, at their website. And congrats to local author Mackenzi Lee for winning a Stonewall honor!
Teaching Melville Summer Program
Feb. 11, 2018
The Melville Society Cultural Project (including local MIT professor Wyn Kelley) will be hosting a two week summer institute for high school teachers on how to teach Moby-Dick in the digital age. Applications are due March 1. Find out more information here.
The Blog Blog
Feb. 10, 2018
We have a new section! Head to The Blog Blog (a blog for the Blog, of course) to hear from our editor-in-chief. First up: "A Little Introduction, and a State of the Blog."
Submit to One City One Story
Feb. 6, 2018
Calling all (previously published) writers: The Boston Book Festival is looking for their next short story for the One City One Story program. Submit your stories by February 28. More information and guidelines can be found here.
Local Author Celeste Ng Named Author Ambassador
Feb. 5, 2018
Local author Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You, has been named the official Author Ambassador for the 4th annual Indie Bookstore Day, celebrated by almost 500 bookstores nationwide. Read a little bit more about the role in this article from Shelf Awareness.
America's First Youth Poet Laureate
Feb. 1, 2018
The very first National Youth Poet Laureate has been named: Amanda S. C. Gorman, who is a sophomore at Harvard. Find out more about her in this feature in the Harvard Crimson.
Muse and the Marketplace Registration Still Open
Jan. 31, 2018
This year's Muse and the Marketplace, brought to you by Grub Street, will take place on April 6-8 in the heart of Boston. Though the sessions are filling up fast, registration is still open. And if you're nervous about attending Muse (OMG I'm going to be pitching to agents!), Grub Street is holding a "Muse and the Marketplace 101: Hone Your Networking Skills Before the Big Conference" class on April 1 to help you prepare - sign up here.
Help Transcribe BPL Manuscripts
Jan. 30, 2018
From the Boston Public Library: "We need your help to turn our collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications." Up to the task? Head here.
Talking Writing Winter Issue Now Available
Jan. 29, 2018
Talking Writing, a local online literary journal specializing in "first-person journalism," published its Winter issue, "Writing and Faith." Find it here.
Evening of Inspired Leaders Feb. 5
Jan. 29, 2018
MassPoetry will be hosting an Evening of Inspired Leaders on Monday, February 5. The event "brings together exceptional leaders from diverse fields to read a favorite poem and reflect on its connection to their life and work" and includes local writers, politicians, journalists, public figures, and more. Find out more information, or grab your tickets, here.
Literary Trivia Night at Newsfeed Cafe
Jan. 28, 2018
Are you the book nerd in your group of friends? Drag them along with you to Literary Trivia Night at The Newsfeed Cafe (located in the BPL main branch) on Tuesday, February 6. More information and registration can be found here.
BPL Chinatown Opens
Jan. 27, 2018
A Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library will open on Monday, February 5, after 54 years of no library services in the neighborhood. The location can be found at 2 Boylston Street, in the China Trade Building. More information can be found here.
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