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Local Native Jana Casale's New Novel
June 19, 2018
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."
Looking for Boston's Newest Poet Laureate
June 12, 2018
Danielle Legros Georges' tenure as Boston's poet laureate is coming to a close, and the City is looking for it's new poet laureate. According to the Office of Arts and Culture: "The City’s poet laureate acts as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creates a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. She, he, or they will also attend a variety of civic functions, participate in poetry events, and oversee special civic projects. The mission for the laureateship is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians." Take a look through the application, and apply by September 3.
Grolier Poetry Book Shop Turns 90, with a Party
May 30, 2018
This Saturday, June 2, the Grolier Poetry Book Shop is celebrating its 90th anniversary by taking to the streets - Plympton Street, that is - with the The Grolier Poetry Festival. Sponsored by Harvard Book Store, with food by Grafton Street, there will be readings, performances, a children's program, workshops, live music, and more. View the program here.
Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith
May 18, 2018
This past March, Brookline Booksmith started the Transnational Literature Series, "a reading series focused on books and authors concerned with migration, exile, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation." The series launched back in March with German author Jenny Erpenbeck; in April they welcomed Négar Djavadi and Shahriar Mandanipour; and just recently they hosted Luljeta Lleshanaku. As summer approaches, they're transitioning the reading series into a book club; the first meeting is June 25. Find out more info here.
David Hirshberg on Writing Historical Fiction
May 15, 2018
David Hirshberg’s new novel My Mother’s Son is set in 1950s Boston, and deals with a number of events happening at that time: politics, polio, sports, and more. The author himself writes about why he chose that time period, what historical fiction research is like, and how the past can speak to and about the present, in our new article "History as Current Events: Looking Back In Time and Staring Into A Mirror."
The Harvard Square of The Handmaid's Tale
May 9, 2018
It’s no secret The Handmaid’s Tale is having a moment at this time in history. But did you know that Margaret Atwood rooted the novel firmly in Harvard Square and the surrounding area, including vivid descriptions of places you can visit today? Come with us on a walking tour of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Writers Resist Event Announced for June 23
May 8, 2018
Aforementioned Productions announced yesterday the newest installment of Writers Resist in Boston, entitled Great Boston Writers Resist | Greater Boston Writers Persist, that will be held on Sat., June 23 at 1:00pm at the Boston Public Library. This year's line-up will feature Sam Cha, Jennifer De Leon, JoeAnn Hart, Krysten Hill, Simone John, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Kim McLarin, Alex Myers, Edwin Padilla, Khury Petersen-Smith, and Angie Ramos, and will be hosted by Carissa Halston. Read the full statement here. And read about last year's event in our article "Greater Boston Writers Resist: Voices of Comfort, Voices of Hope."
Reader Prom is Coming June 9
May 4, 2018
"Bring a favorite book as your prom date and DUMP IT!" is the tag for this event from Porter Square Books, happening on June 9. Reader Prom (really a book drive and fundraiser) will feature "free snacks and soft drinks, a cash bar, music, dancing, 'after-prom' style games and activities, and, of course, 'chaperones'" - which include local authors Celeste Ng, Krysten Hill, and Raul the Third. There will be prom photos with your "date," and a few lucky folks will be crowned King and Queen, or rather Author and Illustrator, of the night. Find out more information here, and get your wrist corsages ready.
Independent Bookstore Day is Sat., April 28
Apr. 26, 2018
This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day around Boston. Events, activities, games, raffles, discounts, and more are happening all day at Belmont Books, Blue Bunny Books, BookEnds, Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Book Store, IAM Books, MIT Press Bookstore, New England Mobile Book Fair, Newtonville Books, Papercuts JP, Porter Square Books, and Wellesley Books. Stop by these locations, and be sure to follow @MetroBostonBookstores on Instagram or @metro_day on Twitter for updates. We'll be out and about, too - it's going to be a great time!
Also, did you know that local author Celeste Ng is the spokesperson for Independent Bookstore Day? Watch her video below.
Spec Boston Launches April 24
Apr. 23, 2018
Spec Boston is a new reading series dedicated to authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and they're having their inaugural event tomorrow night (4/24) at the Coolidge Corner Library. Founder Andrea Corbin created Spec Boston as a chance for local authors to have community outside of the big conventions: "If you love fairy tales or space opera or mermaids with teeth, but are maybe a little overwhelmed by a con, you can still come hang out with the spec fic community." Find out more information here.
Celebrate Earth Day and Poetry Month!
Apr. 18, 2018
April 22 is Earth Day - which also happens to be during Poetry Month! Local author Sarah Grace Tuttle collects a list of nature-inspired poetry picture books, as well as gives fun Earth Day activities to accompany the reading of each book - including scavenger hunts, bird watches, and more. Read more here!
The Journey of NEM Takes Flight: A Conversation with Erika Brannock
Apr. 16, 2018
Erika Brannock was standing at the Boston Marathon finish line when a bomb denoted in front of her. Now, five years later, she just released a children's book entitled The Journey of NEM, about a dragonfly who loses her wing but finds that she's not so different after all. Read more in our conversation.
Cambridge Typewriter Company Turns 50
Apr. 11, 2018
The Cambridge Typewriter Company turns 50 this year, and WGBH recently posted an interview they conducted with Tom Furrier, the owner. You can read the article (transcript) here, but definitely listen to the recording for some excellent typewriter tapping. Here's a video of a 2010 interview as well. Visit their website here.
Muse and the Marketplace Recap
Apr. 8, 2018
The Muse and the Marketplace conference, run by GrubStreet, was this past weekend in Boston, and we have highlights from our sessions and our wanderings. Check out all three of our recaps, and head over to our Twitter and new Instagram for updates from the weekend!
826 Boston's Half Half Half Half Half Marathon
Apr. 5, 2018
Want to help out a good cause, but not too keen on running 26.2 miles? Join 826 Boston's Half Half Half Half Half Marathon on April 12. Run or walk just .826 miles (get it?) to help them meet their goal of "$30,000 to support student writing and publishing in Boston." Find out more here.
Tips and Tricks for Muse & the Marketplace Conference
Mar. 30, 2018
Heading to Grub Street's Muse & the Marketplace conference next week? We talked to two local writers and past attendees who have some advice for you as you plan. And just a reminder that registration closes on Monday.
Poetry in America Premieres April 1
Mar. 29, 2018
Poetry in America, a public television series created and hosted by local professor Elisa New, premieres on Sunday, April 1. According to the release: "Every half-hour episode offers the viewer a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single poem. Poetry in America gathers distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate 12 unforgettable American poems. Athletes, poets, politicians, musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages - including Shaquille O’Neal, Cynthia Nixon, Herbie Hancock, Joe Biden, Bono, John McCain, Nas, Yo-Yo Ma, Samantha Power, and Regina Spektor, among many others." Find out more at their website.
Your Poem on the Wall of City Hall
Mar. 28, 2018
The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is doing a call for submissions, looking for "poets who reside or work in Boston...to send in work to help celebrate the city through poetry and to remind people of what a culturally exciting city Boston is to live and work in." A reading will take place in late April. Find out more information here.
Grub Street to Create Narrative Arts Center in Seaport
Mar. 26, 2018
Grub Street, Boston's premiere writing center, is looking to make a significant literary mark on the Seaport District. According to a release by Eve Bridburg, Founder and Executive Director, "GrubStreet is making the case for building a Narrative Arts Center in the city of Boston...a 13,000-square foot cultural space in the Seaport." She adds "Our partners in this new venture are the Harvard Book Store, which will create a new bookstore on the first level, and Mass Poetry, which will expand its public poetry projects." But the project isn't certain yet, and they need help spreading the word. Find out how to support the endeavor here. And read their full vision here.
Porter Square Books' Future Is in the Hands of its Booksellers
Mar. 25, 2018
"In a bid to ensure that their employees have a greater investment in the place where they work, Porter Square Books owners Dina Mardell and David Sandberg are selling half their stake in the Cambridge, Mass., bookstore to their senior staff members." Take a read through the article on Publisher's Weekly. It's a great plan to ensure the bookstore goes on after the owners retire, and to ensure a future for the booksellers involved by allowing them ownership of the store.
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