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The 90-Second Newbery: Showcasing Kid Filmmakers Inspired by Great Literature
Have you ever seen Charlotte’s Web interpreted in the style of a horror movie? What about Ramona and Her Father in the style of a James Bond flick? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the 90-Second Newbery film festival, returning to the Boston Public Library on April 27, 2019. We connected with creator James Kennedy about this unique festival and the creative kids that have made it what it is. Find out more in our newest post.
“Rebels and Admirers” at the Old South Meeting House
Next week is John Greenleaf Whittier’s birthday, which means the Old South Meeting House will be holding another event in its Bibliophile Birthdays series, celebrating the authors of the Old South’s past. On Tuesday, December 11, they will be hosting “Rebels and Admirers – Poets of the Old South, 1700s to Today,” featuring readings of poems from the past by local poets of the present. This “literary salon-style program” will also include a talk on the Old South’s literary past, a chance for some poetry discussion, and a poem generated on the spot for the event. Featuring Allison Adair, Serina Gousby, January Gill O’Neil, Anna Ross, Lloyd Schwartz, and Lloyd Schwartz. More information can be found here. RSVP is requested.
“Lessons Learned from Striking a Deal”
What happens when a writer steps behind a microphone to do a reading for the very first? Are there nerves to contend with, distractions, fear - or can it be a fun, transcendent experience? With stylistic prose and self-revelation, Emerson MFA candidate Megan Fitzgerald tells the story of taking a chance and taking the stage at the Breakwater Reading Series in our newest post.
An Evening with Grolier on December 8
The Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a 90-year institution in Harvard Square, will be hosting An Evening at the Grolier on Saturday, December 8. The evening will feature poet Tino Villanueva reading from So Spoke Penelope. A reception will follow, with international cuisine, wine, dessert, and more. Tickets start at $23.36. Find out more information here. Curious about the Grolier Poetry Book Shop? Read this lovely blurb from their site:
Take a step off Plympton Street, walk through the doors of our Book Shop, and into the rich cultural world of the Grolier. The Grolier has been a home to poets and those who love poetry for almost a century. The walls of the Grolier are lined with photographs of our friends, and of poets who have read for us when we first opened in 1927, through the present. The legacy of all the poets who have read at the Grolier is palpable within these walls, bringing poets past and present together in our historic Book Shop.
7th Annual Mystery Night Gala December 6
This Thursday, December 6, the New England Mobile Book Fair will be hosting its 7th Annual Mystery Night Gala, a meet-and-greet with area mystery authors, including William Martin, Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Dale Phillips, JM Taylor, Maureen Milliken, Clea Simon, and many more. The Robert B. Parker Award will be given to honoree William Martin as well. Event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
GrubStreet Open House December 5
Are you looking to up your writing game, diversify your writing game, or simply start your writing game? The seasonal GrubStreet Spring 2019 Open House and Showcase will take place on Wednesday, December 5. Instructors will be on-hand to answer questions and direct you towards what would be best for your writing plans; the evening will also include a reading from current students. The open house begins at 5:30pm, with the reading beginning at 7:00pm. More information can be found here.
Athenaeum Pop-Up and Brookline Booksmith Author Gift Wrapping
Looking to start your holiday shopping this weekend? Here’s some incentive. On Saturday, December 1, from 1:00pm-3:00pm, the Boston Athenaeum will be hosting a Pop-Up Holiday Bookstore. Their librarians will be on-hand to give you some book-buying guidance - and if you’ve never toured the wonderfully historic Athenaeum, then would be a good time! On Sunday, December 2, from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Brookline Booksmith will be hosting Holiday Author Gift Wrapping, which is literally what it sounds like: Local authors providing gift wrapping for you. Look for Louise Miller, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Delia Cabe, Lisa Borders, Stephanie Gayle, Ilan Mochari, and many more.
Louisa May Alcott at the Old South Meeting House
Join Louisa May Alcott - played by Jan Turnquist - for “a captivating living history experience that will bring you behind-the-scenes stories from Alcott's life.” The event will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at the Old South Meeting House, and corresponds with Alcott’s birthday, and the 150th anniversary of Little Women. Turnquist, who is also a consultant for the Little Women movie filming in Boston, will give some behind-the-scene stories as well. The event is free, but RSVP is requested. You can learn more here.
Books for the Harvard-Yale Game
Today is The Game, the annual and legendary Harvard-Yale football game, being held for the first time at Fenway Park! If you’re interested in learning more about The Game, we found these titles available:
🏈 The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 | George Howe Colt
🏈 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 | Kevin Rafferty
🏈 The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog: How Harvard's Percy Haughton Beat Yale and Reinvented Football | Dick Friedman
🏈 The Only Game That Matters: The Harvard/Yale Rivalry | Bernard M. Corbett & Paul Simpson
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.
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