From The Grub Archive: Amanda Palmer on Art in the Age of the Internet [VIDEO]

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To help keep our spirits up and our words flowing, we're sharing special videos from GrubStreet's past. In this post, GrubStreet's Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg introduces Amanda Palmer's "Publish It Forward" talk from 2013. In addition to her talk, Palmer also performed two lovely songs for us that evening: "Ukulele Song" and “The Thing About Things."

Eve Bridburg

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"Write the Book That You Want to Read": An Interview with Meng Jin, Author of LITTLE GODS

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Nicole Vecchiotti, GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum, recently interviewed Meng Jin about her novel Little Gods on Dead Darlings.

 

Meng Jin’s debut, Little Gods (Custom House, 2020), is an elegant, haunting novel that lingers like an eerie song. What starts on a grand stage—in a maternity ward near Tiananmen Square, where a massacre is about to unfold—becomes an intimate portrait of Su Lan. Amid the tumult of that historic day, Su Lan’s husband goes missing while she delivers her first and only child, Liya. Su Lan, a physicist, eventually emigrates to the United States, where she ...

May 6, 2020 | Nicole Vecchiotti

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Farewell to 162 Boylston Street

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Dear Fellow Grubbies,
 
I’m writing with an important update about GrubStreet’s headquarters at 162 Boylston Street. As most of you know, we are currently in the process of building a new home in the Seaport. We had been hoping to stay at 162 Boylston until our new creative writing center is complete. However, we have recently learned that the owners of 162 Boylston Street are planning to sell the building and are therefore no longer open to extending our lease on a month-to-month basis beyond June. 

Eve Bridburg

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What You Need to Nail in the First Pages of Your Book

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By Katrin Schumann

Last month, feeling unmoored and wanting to build community during self-isolation, I launched something I called #fivefreepages, in which I offered to critique five pages at the beginning of a nonfiction book or novel, free of charge

May 6, 2020 | Katrin Schumann

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Join Craft on Draft: Subverting Expectations in Fiction on 5/12 (on Zoom!)

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The latest Craft on Draft event is taking place virtually this month via Zoom and is about subverting expectations in fiction. It’s been said there are two types of pleasure in art: the pleasure of being surprised and the pleasure of getting what you expect. But how can we surprise readers in new ways while keeping in mind those tried and true conventions that keep them turning the pages

Mia Narciso

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