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"Why Is Boston's Most Important Literary Site a Food Court?"
Or, why is the Old Corner Bookstore, once the hub of the publishing industry in the U.S., a historic site and stop on the Freedom Trail, now a Chipotle? Those of us in Boston who know the building’s famed literary history are pained each time we have to walk by it, and Paul Lewis has recently written an article for the Boston Globe Magazine detailing the building’s history, and efforts that are being made - including a feasibility study - into turning the location into a literary museum. (Yes please!).
Throwback Thursday: Bay Psalm Book
Did you know that the first book printed in Colonial America happened right in the vicinity of Harvard Square? And did you know that the first printing press in America was owned by a woman? Learn more about the Bay Psalm Book and the first printing press in the New World. Find out more in our Literary History section.
Tell-All Boston Begins Oct. 18
A new literary series is beginning in the city, created by alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program. Tell-All Boston, which will hold its first event on Thursday, October 18 beginning at 6:30pm at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, is a “literary performance series celebrating all things memoir. … Our goal is to foster a community of honesty and discovery, through the shared listening experience of real stories. We can handle the truth!” The inaugural evening will feature Joan Wickersham, Deborah Schifter, Norman Belanger, Angie Chatman, and Beya Jimenez. Co-hosted by Alysia Abbott and Mike Sinert.
Panopticon Gallery Features Bibliophile
The Panopticon Gallery, located in historic Hotel Commonwealth, has a current installation entitled Bibliophile. Called “a studious exhibition for lovers of photography and the printed page,” this exhibit features photography highlighting books and libraries as subject matter. The exhibit features work by Thomas Allen, Carolyn Hampton, Sean Kernan, Aline Smithson, Mark Douglas, Fawn Potash, and Thomas Marr, and will run until October 28. More information can be found here.
An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe
Have you ever wanted to spent some time with Poe just hanging out in a cemetery? You have your chance. Join the famed poet (played by literary historian Rob Velella) for an afternoon of readings, macabre, and living history at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Tickets are still available for the 1:00pm performance this Saturday, October 13 (the 4:00pm sold out weeks ago). Find more information here.
GrubStreet’s Lit Up Gala is October 11
Tickets are still available for GrubStreet’s annual fundraising gala Lit Up, taking place at Laugh Boston in the Seaport on Thursday, October 11. The event will feature readings from GrubStreet authors, music, food, open bar, and more. Last year’s event raised “$108,070 to provide scholarships as well as free creative writing workshops to teen and adult writers in low-income communities.” Tickets start at $200.
Boston Book Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
It’s become the literary highlight of Fall in the city. The Boston Book Festival returns for its 10th event on Saturday, October 13, all day in and around Copley Square. You’ll be sure to find its signature line-up of stellar authors, delivering readings, panels, discussions, and more - and plenty of events for kids, too. Local bookstores will be selling books on-location all day. And a plethora of literary organizations will be providing information in the exhibit fair. Check out the Berklee Stage as well! (Gosh, so many things!) New this year, the BBF will be hosting satellite locations in East Boston and Roxbury. The events begin on Friday evening with the keynote kickoff.
Boston Teen Author Festival Returns Sept. 22
The 7th annual Boston Teen Author Festival will take place at the Cambridge Public Library and Rindge and Latin School on Saturday, September 22. The lineup features over 30 authors, including Holly Black, Dhonielle Clayton, Malinda Lo, Mary E. Pearson, and Kiersten White. The event is free and open to the public. Find more information here.
Trident Booksellers & Café Reopens
After closing their doors due to a fire last March, Trident Booksellers & Café has reopened. The delay? Substantial remodeling and a fresh look. Their official reopening week will begin on September 17. Look for tours of the new space as well.
Local Native Jana Casale's New Novel
What does it mean to write a novel about the trivial, and can deep meaning be found therein? Jana Casale, a local native whose debut novel is set in Boston, talks to local writer Meaghan O’Brien about themes, process, and what it means to not read Noam Chomsky, in our newest article "Women Contain Multitudes: A Discussion on Writing Modern Womanhood with Jana Casale."
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