Porter Square Books New Literary Salon Series Announced
In addition to their stellar line-up of in-store events, Porter Square Books has announced that they will be hosting some events off-site as well, in a new Salon-style reading series. The Salon series will feature “an up-close-and-personal evening where you'll have a chance to meet, mingle and hear from an author over light refreshments in a local Porter Square Books community member's own home.” RSVP, of course, is required. The first event will be with Jessica Francis Kane on May 15.
Newburyport Literary Festival Begins April 26
Beginning on Friday, April 26, the Newburyport Literary Festival returns for its fourteenth year to various spots around the North Shore. There is a stunning list of authors speaking at the Festival, including Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Louise Miller, William Martin, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Major Jackson, and more. The event kicks off on Friday night with a ceremony honoring Elaine Weiss. Find a schedule of events, a map, and tickets, at their website.
Porter Square to Be the Bookstore at GrubStreet’s New Narrative Arts Center
It was announced officially at GrubStreet’s The Muse and the Marketplace conference last weekend that Porter Square Books will be the bookstore partner of the new Narrative Arts Center. Opening on Liberty Wharf in the Seaport sometime next Spring, GrubStreet’s Narrative Arts Center will feature a first-floor bookstore and cafe, which will sell wine and beer in the evenings. The first floor will also feature a stage and space for literary events. The second floor will feature classrooms and offices. Mass Poetry will also be a partner in the venture. You can find more information on GrubStreet’s website.
Half Half Half Half Half Marathon April 11
It's Boston Marathon time, when thousands of brave runners pound out 26.2 miles. Not up to running that far, but still want to support a good cause? 826 Boston will be holding its annual Half Half Half Half Half Marathon next Thursday, April 11 in Boston Common. Come out to run .826 (get it?) miles to raise money for 826 Boston's free writing and publishing programs for kids and teens. Their fundraising goal is $40,000, so even if you can't participate, be sure to donate. Registration is still open, and you can learn more at their website. "Break a light sweat for literacy."
Boston Literary District Announces Writer-in-Residence Program
The Boston Literary District has announced its first writer-in-residence program, in partnership with Emerson College. Open to writers from New England, the residency offers an apartment in the heart of the city, interaction with Emerson MFA students, and other opportunities. The residency runs July 15 - August 15, and applications are due April 15. Find out more information here.
Mass Poetry Evening of Inspired Leaders on Monday, March 25
On Monday, March 25, Mass Poetry will be hosting its annual fundraiser, Evening of Inspired Leaders. The event, which will be held at the Huntington Theater, “highlights the power of poetry to inspire and delight while showcasing an all-star field of leaders,” with local community leaders, authors, artists, and more, reflecting on their favorite literary works. The event will be emceed by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti. Tickets are still available.
Year in the Life: The Silver Unicorn Bookstore Turns One
Head northwest out of Boston up the incline of Route 2, pass where Thoreau spent his two years at Walden Pond, and in the next town you’ll find The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, which celebrates its one year anniversary on March 24. We talked with owner Paul Swydan to learn more about how the store came to fruition, its first year in business, and the array of events planned for the anniversary, in our newest article.
How to Conference: 11 Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Next Writing Conference
Whether you’re headed across the country to AWP at the end of March, or headed around the block to The Muse and the Marketplace at the beginning of April, we have some guidance for making the best out of your next writing conference - how to plan, how to socialize, how to handle that massive book fair - in our newest article.
Sidewalk Poetry Submissions Due March 10
The 5th Annual Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest is still accepting submissions through Sunday, March 10. What is sidewalk poetry, and what happens if you win? Well, according to the Cambridge Arts website, “winning poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning in fall 2019.” You can find out more information, pictures, and a map of current Sidewalk Poetry, at their website.
Boston Immigrant Writer’s Salon Launches
The Boston Immigrant Writer’s Salon is a new literary venture launched in January seeking to “create a community which empowers and inspires immigrant voices.” We had the chance to chat with founder and community-centered writer Frankie Concepcion about the Salon’s origins and initiatives, its upcoming event launch, its underlying values and intentionality, and more, in our newest article.
Boston Book Blog Featured on Writer’s Bone Podcast
Well…we got to be on a podcast this week! Our EIC Jessica A. Kent sat down with Daniel Ford and Caitlin Malcuit at Writer’s Bone to chat about the Blog, the Boston literary scene, the writing process, Boston literary history, and more. (Basically all the nerdy content you’ve come to love.) You can find the episode page here, but what you SHOULD do, as a book fan, is just subscribe to their podcast. They have five years of excellent podcast and website content, on both the Boston writing scene and way beyond. Enjoy!
Poe Featured in City of Boston’s New Video Series
The City’s new Boston Uncovered video series highlights “different, unique pieces from Boston’s history and getting the perspective from the City’s resident experts.” This week they’re at the Edgar Allan Poe statue in Poe Square on Bolyston Street, chatting with Boston Literary District director Kit Haggard. Have a watch!
Lit Crawl Event Applications and One City One Story Submissions due February 28
The third Boston Lit Crawl will be happening on June 6 (you may remember it being the Thursday before the Boston Book Festival; as a way to keep the momentum going, it’s been moved to June). The Lit Crawl features literary stop-offs up and down Newbury St., including readings, improv, writerly games, trivia, and more. Have an idea for an event? Applications are being accepted until Thursday, February 28.
Speaking of the Boston Book Festival, submissions are open for One City One Story. The program features one story distributed throughout Boston, and a big discussion about that story during the Boston Book Festival. Submissions are being accepted until Thursday, February 28 as well.
A Whirlwind Romance Pop-Up Begins February 13
A Whirlwind Romance pop-up bookstore opens tomorrow, February 13, at Bow Market in Union Square, just in time for Valentine’s Day (and will be open for some post-Valentine’s Day escapism, too). The Silver Unicorn Bookstore is partnering with longtime local booksellers Clarissa Murphy and Katie Eelman to make the pop-up possible. Learn more about this local bookseller project, and about why there’s more to the Romance genre - and Romance readers - than you thought, in our newest article.
Jeopardy! Features Indie Stores…Including Grolier
On February 6, Jeopardy! contestants were greeted with the category “Independent Bookstores.” Grabbing a spot in the listing, along with The Strand, Powell’s, City Lights, and Square Books, was our own Grolier Poetry Book Shop, located in What is Cambridge? You can view the full episode here.
Spec Boston Reading Series Returns January 31
Speculative Boston is our city's reading series for all things "science fiction, fantasy, and horror of all kinds." Sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Spec Boston returns on Thursday, January 31 at Trident Books for readings from Lyra Selene, N.S. Dolkart, and Elaine Isaak (writing as E.C. Ambrose). Learn more about who they are, RSVP for Thursday's event, and submit your own work to be part of an upcoming reading at their website.
Boston Literary History: Katharine Lee Bates
You may have grown up singing “America the Beautiful,” but do you know about the woman behind its words? Local author Clara Silverstein gives us the story behind the interesting life of Katharine Lee Bates, who was a poet, yes, but was also a literature professor at Wellesley, a prolific writer, a traveler and war correspondent, and Robert Frost's mentor. Find out more in our newest Literary History post.
(Want more? The Newton Free Library is hosting a program on Bates next week!)
Peter Balakian and Susan Barba Read at Grolier Fundraiser
On Friday, January 25, the Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust will be hosting poets Peter Balakian and Susan Barba for a reading and fundraiser at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. According the website, the poets will "read from our work, reflect on poetry and its relationship to trauma, collective memory and the poem’s engagement with history." Tickets for the event begin at $100 ($70 for students), and all proceeds will go towards supporting the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, who recently applied to become a non-profit organization. Find out more here.
GrubStreet "So You Want to Be a Writer" Sessions January 24 and 26
One of the challenges of the writing life is not necessarily craft, but business: Where do I submit, how do I apply for fellowships, what is a query letter, etc. In order to help you, GrubStreet will be holding two upcoming sessions of "So You Want to Be a Writer: Tips on Applying to GrubStreet's Emerging Writer Fellowship and Other Opportunities." The first will be held on Thursday, January 24 in the evening in Mattapan, with instructor Eson Kim; the second will be held on Saturday, January 26 during the day in East Boston, with instructor Dariel Suarez. Each session will seek to demystify the process around applying to "fellowships, contests, scholarships and other creative writing opportunities," as well as provide information on the GrubStreet Emerging Writer Fellowship. Teens are encouraged to attend. Find out more here and here.
Tell-All Memoir Reading Series Returns January 17
Tell-All Boston, the new memoir reading series born from the alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, will be holding its second event on Thursday, January 17 at the Middlesex Lounge in Central Square. The evening will feature local authors Cheryl Levine, Rani Neutill, Catherine O’Neill, and Melanie S. Smith, and will feature special guest Garrard Conley, the author of Boy Erased and former instructor of the Memoir Incubator. Find out more information at the Tell-All Boston website. And want to learn more about the first event? Take a read through our interview with hosts Mike Sinert and Alysia Abbott.
Posman’s Book Coming to Boston
Publishers Weekly announced today that Posman’s Books, based in New York City, will open their new location this coming summer on Newbury St. The store will feature both books and ice cream, and will hold more “non-traditional” selections. According to the article, the owners are aware that Trident Booksellers and Cafe, a Boston literary staple since 1984, occupies the “other end of Newbury St.,” but they’re confident that they’re going to differentiate enough from Trident as not to compete. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more!
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