Best of Boston: What’s Happening in April?

Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Best of Boston, filled to the brim with literary goodness to add to your calendar. Take a peek at Grub's assemblage of all the most exciting events going on around town next month.

--EVENT: Monday, April 3rd, 7:00pm, Roundtable of Editors
Here's your chance to ask editors from Post Road, Salamander, Harvard Review, Pangyrus, Agni, and Draft about local lit mag culture, submissions and more! Moderated by Journal of the Month. Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

--READING: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Wes Hazard Featured at Story Space
Wes Hazard is a storyteller, writer, and funny man - named one of five Boston comedians to watch by The Boston Globe MagazineOut of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Ellen Herrick and Lynda Cohen Loigman in Conversation 
Harvard Book Store welcomes debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman and The Sparrow Sister author Ellen Herrick for a discussion of their books, The Two-Family House and The Forbidden Garden. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

--READING: Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, NS Dolkart at Wellesley Books
NS Dolkart, fantasy author of Silent Hall, presents Among the Fallen, book two of the Godserfs series. Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley.

--EVENT: Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Reading and Writing in the Age of Trump
How should the literary community respond to current events? Andre Dubus III, Steph Burt, Regie Gibson, & Caroline Woods discuss with Vogue's Megan O'Grady. $10 tickets support Boston Book Festival. The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street, Somerville.

--READING: Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Craft of Draft Presents Secondary Characters: The Importance of a Supporting Cast 
Come hear Authors Camille DeAngelis (Immaculate Heart), Sara Farizan (Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel), and Annie Weatherwax (All We Had) discuss how they create terrific supporting characters. Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury Street, Boston.

--READING: Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Mike Lupica at Wellesley Books
Mike Lupica, popular sports novel writer of Heat, QB 1, and The Underdogs, and many more, shares Point Guard, a whirl of basketball action mixed with teen issues. Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley.

--READING: Thursday, April 6th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, WZLX's Carter Alan at Wellesley Books
Carter Alan, classic rock disc jockey for Boston’s own 100.7 WZLX, discusses The Decibel Diaries, his fascinating insider’s look at 50 rock shows. Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley.

--READING: Thursday, April 6th, 7:30pm, Arlington Author Salon
Don't miss the next Arlington Author Salon where the theme will be "Maps, Manhunts and Mysteries," with authors Michael Blanding, Elizabeth Searle, and Jessica Treadway. 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.

--READING: Friday, April 7th, 12:00pm-11:00pm, Romance Writers of America New England Chapter Annual Conference
Nurture your creativity at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference. Join us for a weekend filled with 30+ workshops and featured speakers including Joanna Bourne, Zoe York, and Molly O'Keefe. Burlington Marriot, 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington.

--READING: Friday, April 7th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, TGI for Literacy Author Signing
Come meet seventy of today's top romance authors, including Joanna Bourne, Zoe York, Molly O'Keefe. Stay for the basket raffle and the Friday Night Fantasies reading event. Admission is free. Burlington Marriot, 1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington.

--READING: Friday, April 7th, 7:00pm-8:45pm, Dire Literary Series
Join this Dire Literary Series for a reading with Alden jones, Louie Cronin, and Georgia Park. For more info, go to the Dire Reader website. 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

--EVENT: Saturday, April 8th, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Publishing Your Book in Today's Changing World 
Join award-winning author Tilia Klebenov Jacobs for a lively and informative workshop as we navigate the ever-shifting currents of today's publishing world. The Writers Loft, 20 North Main Street, Sherbon.

--BOOK LAUNCH: Sunday, April 9th, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Gustaf Berger Launch Party 
Come celebrate with Gustaf Berger on the release of his first novel, Death Postponed. Reading & signing. Tres Gatos, 470 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

--EVENT: Tuesday, April 11th, 12:30pm-1:15pm, FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series 
Do you work downtown and want to fit some writing into your day? Or do you have a schedule that gives you free afternoons instead of evenings? Bring your lunch and come on over to GrubStreet to meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises. GrubStreet, 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston

--BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, April 11th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Fiction from Fact
Randy Susan Meyers in discussion with Boston Globe reporter, Matthew Globe, on writing a novel from the bones of a “ripped from the headlines” story. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

--EVENT: Wednesday, April 12th, 6:00pm, John Waters in Conversation with Chris Castellani: Make Trouble
When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice about making a living as a creative person to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral. Now we all can enjoy his sly wisdom that reminds us to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage outdated critics. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

--EVENT: Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00pm, Hannah Tinti in Conversation with Laura van den Berg
Hannah Tinti, author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel, in conversation with Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me, at Newtonville Books. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton.

--READING: Thursday, April 13th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Virgins, Mystics & Saints in YA
Katie Bayerl (A Psalm for Lost Girls), Marianna Baer (The Inconceivable Life of Quinn), and Julie Berry (The Passion of Dolssa) discuss mystical themes in young adult fiction. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline.  

--EVENT: Friday, April 14th, 7:00pm-12:00am, A Quiet Passion Screening at The Kendall Square Cinema
Director Terence Davies details the wit and pathos of Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), exquisitely evoking the manners and spiritual convictions of her time that she transcended in her poetry. The Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge

--SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Friday, April 14th, The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is accepting applications for its Writer-in-Residence program for emerging children's authors of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, scripts and poetry. See full submission guidelines on their website. The Associates of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

--RETREAT: Friday to Sunday, April 14th-16th, The Pulse of Narrative: A Memoir Workshop
This Memoir Retreat in the gorgeous PA countryside with Garrard Conley is a great opportunity for memoir writers. There will be memoir discussions, readings, and talks by the fire. Meals included. New Jerusalem, PA

--EVENT: Saturday, April 15th, 11:00am-12:00pm, Write Down the Street/Autores de la Vuelta 
Want to get into creative writing, but not sure where to begin? Get inspired with a FREE session at your local library. For one hour, you’ll meet fellow writers, and learn to tell your story through fun directed exercises in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. New and practicing writers welcome! BPL Grove Hall, 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester.

--WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 15th, Krouna Writing Workshop Discount
Apply to Krouna Writing Workshop by April 15th for $250 off the tuition. For more info on this six-day workshop in Greece with Daphne Kalotay and Henriette Lazaridis, visit their website

--READING: Tuesday, April 18th, 7:00pm, Dan Chaon in Conversation with Tom Perrotta: Ill Will
Thirty years after a brutal murder, psychologist Dustin’s brother is out of prison. Meanwhile, one of his patients opens up about a string of drownings. Dustin dismisses talk of a serial killer at first. Dan Chaon explores two sensational unsolved crimes, both linked by one man’s memory and self-deception. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline.

--READING: Wednesday, April 19th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Midlife Dating Disasters
Performances from The Hot Date, God Bless Cambodia, and Finding My Place and One Man's Journey through the Middle Ages with Jenny Hudson and company, Randy Ross, and Judah Leblang. Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont Street, Boston

--READING: Friday, April 21st, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Mass Cultural Council Reading
Literary artists awarded through Mass Cultural Council's Artist Fellowships Program read at Porter Square Books. Featuring Colleen Coyne, Cynthia Gunadi, Thomas McNeely, and Rosalind Pace. Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

--WORKSHOP: Friday to Saturday, April 21st-22nd, 10:00am-6:00pm, Daena's Improvisation Acting Lab
Special two-day improvisation workshop led by Daena Giardella: actor, director, and consultant. Watertown, MA

--WORKSHOP: Saturday to Saturday, April 22nd-29th, Greek Island Writers' Retreat 
Greek Island Writing Retreats: an inspiring retreat on idyllic Paros, April 22-29. Daily workshops, 1-1 mentoring, group social events. Connect with your muse in a captivating location. Paros, Greece

--BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Feast of Sorrow Book Launch
Grub Instructor Crystal King will read from her debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, about the incredible history of the world's first gourmand. Ancient Roman nibbles included! 440 Broadway, Cambridge

--EVENT: Saturday, April 29th, 10:00am-11:30am, Write Down the Street/Autores de la Vuelta 
Want to get into creative writing, but not sure where to begin? Get inspired with a FREE session at your local library. For one hour, you’ll meet fellow writers, and learn to tell your story through fun directed exercises in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. New and practicing writers welcome! BPL Egleston Square, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury.

--BOOKCLUB: Sunday, April 30th, 2:00pm, Sunday Salon Bookclub
Sunday Salon meets to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Supplemental reading: March by John Lewis. No registration necessary. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton.

--CONTEST: Sunday, April 30th, Redivider 2017 Beacon Street Prize
Everyone could use $1000 extra dollars and that's exactly what you'll get if your story, essay, or poem is selected as the winner by one of our esteemed judges! See full submission guidelines their website.

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