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Orange Door Kitchen Hosts Food-Focused Fiction Writers
This Saturday, November 17, the Orange Door Kitchen, in partnership with the Silver Unicorn Bookstore, will be hosting three local authors for an evening of literary feasts: “A Feast of Fiction with Local Novelists.” Guests will join novelists Jenna Blum, Crystal King, and Louise Miller for a menu built around dishes from their respective recent novels. You can view the menu, and pick up tickets, here.
Boston Antiquarian Book Fair Returns Nov. 16-18
The 42nd annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to Hynes Convention Center on Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18. With free admission on Saturday and Sunday (Friday’s Opening Event is ticketed), visitors can browse the rare collections of 132 collectors from around the world. In addition to seeing incredibly rare first editions and treasures, visitors can attend various events as well, including a screening of the film Ex Libris about the New York Public Library, a Ticknor Society roundtable, and a session on Sylvia Plath’s letters. You can find more information here.
“Writers Finding Room: A Dedicated Space for Creativity in Downtown Boston”
The Writers’ Room of Boston, opened in 1988, is celebrating thirty years of being an “urban writers' retreat committed to providing a quiet, affordable, and secure workspace for emerging and established writers.” We got the chance to tour the space, and speak to Kate Gilbert, one of the members of both the space and the Board of Directors, about the experience and the community. Learn more about the writing sanctuary they offer in downtown Boston in our newest article.
ICYMI: Some Literary Multimedia
On November 2 and 3, Illuminus Boston lit up the Old Corner Bookstore as part of their city-wide show. Called “New American Scholar,” here’s a video from our Instagram that shows some of the writers of old projected onto what once was the Hub of the Boston literary scene. In case you missed Spec Boston’s October 25 session at Trident, here’s a video of the readings, featuring Julie C. Day, Hillary Monahan, and Paul Tremblay. Boston Public Radio recent read Moby-Dick for their book club, and podcasted about it here.
Boston Cream Pie and Boston Lit History
Last week was National Boston Cream Pie Day, the official dessert of Massachusetts that originated at the Omni Parker House. There was another sweet, rich contribution to American society that came out of the Omni Parker House: It was one of the hubs of Boston literary society. Read more about the Saturday Club, the Dickens Door, Twain, Wharton, Cather, and more, in our new Literary History article.
Porter Square Books Announces Writers in Residence
Porter Square Books today (Oct. 31) announced its 2019 Writers in Residence. Writing for young readers is Kathryn Amato, and writing for adults is Catherine Flora Con. What is the Writer in Residence program? In its inaugural year, the Program offers the opportunity for local writers to have access to the resources of the bookstore (think office space, ARCs to read) and will be expected to contribute to the PSB blog, give intros or “in conversation” for events, and be a presence during Independent Bookstore Day. (Find out more about the “perks and responsibilities” here.) A launch event for the writers will happen in February.
“A Bookstore with Identity: Cultivating the Cultural Hub of I AM Books and IDEA Boston”
Located in the North End, I AM Books has not only established itself as the only Italian-American bookstore in the country, it’s also created a cultural hub around it. This week, they’re launching the inaugural IDEA Boston festival. We talked with co-owner Nicola Orichuia about the bookstore’s origin and identity, and about the exciting new Italian-inspired festival of ideas. Take a read through our newest article.
ICYMI: A Few Book Parties Coming Up
This Thursday morning, November 1, 826 Boston will host its annual Books for Breakfast fundraiser. The morning’s speaker will be Joanne Chang. GrubStreet’s Grub Gone…POP! will be taking place this Saturday, November 3 at Scholars American. The event aims to be a celebration of Grub’s more prolific publishing year ever. And on Saturday, November 10, the Writers’ Room of Boston will be hosting its annual fundraiser, this year entitled “Cops and WROBbers No-Show Gala.” That’s right; no-show means you get to party at home in your jammies.
Tell-All Boston Literary Series Premieres, Focusing on Memoir
Tell-All Boston, the area’s newest literary series, premiered on Thursday, October 18, with a large crowd and stellar line-up of writers, including Deborah Schifter, Beya Jimenez, Angie Chatman, and Norman Belanger, with special guest Joan Wickersham. Read more about that evening, the origins of the series, and what co-hosts Mike Sinert and Alysia Abbott had to say about the importance of memoir, in our newest feature.
ICYMI: Faux Poe, Foggy Macbeth, Grub Pubs, and I AM Talks IDEA
Remember a few weeks back we mentioned you could hang out with Poe in a graveyard? The Harvard Crimson published an interview entitled “Edgar Allan Faux” with Rob Velella on his presentations at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. This past Sunday, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project staged a performance of Macbeth at the Arnold Arboretum, which currently features Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture; find pictures here. GrubStreet recently released a list of Grubbies who have published this year, its “most prolific publishing year.” Nicola Orichuia, co-owner of I AM Books in the North End, wrote an article for We the Italians about the upcoming IDEA Boston festival.
Porter Square Books After Hours: Speakeasy Revives the 1920s
In partnership with Miranda’s Hearth, Porter Square Books will transform into a Speakeasy (yes, you’ll need a password to get in through the back door) on Saturday, October 27. According to the event page, the Speakeasy will feature “signature cocktails, snacks, card and parlor games, period readings, live music, a blues dance demonstration, and more.” Featured readers will include Jennifer S. Brown, Lisa McGirr, and Charles Coe, and readings may include selections from Mina Loy, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Parker, and the Harlem Renaissance authors. Tickets are $55, and are limited to 100 tickets.
Exploring the Book as Artistic Subject in Panopticon Gallery's Bibliophile
The Panopticon Gallery, located in Hotel Commonwealth, has a current installation entitled Bibliophile, “a studious exhibition for lovers of photography and the printed page.” We got the chance to stop by and speak to the director Kat Kiernan about the show’s creation and books as objects of art. Discover more in our new article, and visit the exhibit, on display until November 2.
"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. and currently a historic site and stop on the Freedom Trail, functioning as 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. BC professor and local literary historian 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.
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.
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