Best of Boston: What's Happening in February?

Welcome to the inaugural Best of Boston, a monthly compilation of all the can't-miss literary goings-on around the city. Take a gander at the hottest readings, signings, and assorted lit events to add to your calendar for February. 


Unbreak My Heart: Stories of True Love and True Disasters

Friday, February 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm

This time of year finds us pondering such questions as, “Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? And if I eat this roll of cookie dough, will it plug the holes in my broken heartor just clog my arteries?” Whether you’re preparing for a weekend getaway with your steady, thumbing through Tinder profiles, or guarding the cockles of your cold heart, you will find a story to love at The Athenaeum’s evening of romance themed live stories. Click here for more info. 


Book Signing with Michael Hartigan 

Saturday, February 6, 1:00pm
Local award-winning author Michael Hartigan will sign copies of his new book, Stone Angels, at Barnes and Noble in Saugus, MA. Stone Angels, a gritty suspense thriller that drops readers into the mind of a young man battling extreme guilt, is the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Writer Award. Click here for more info.  


The Back Porch Collective at the Middle Gray 

Saturday, February 6, 7:00pm

The Back Porch Collective, appropriately named, first gathered on a Boston back porch to share stories and poetry. These writers quickly developed a rapport, and when a musician joined them to cap off the night with some world-class bluegrass, they knew they'd stumbled on something special. Now, the Back Porch Collective are stepping off the porch for a night of words, wine, and music at the Middle Gray, Brookline’s hottest new cafe art space. Join Stacy Mattingly, Ani Gjika, Dariel Suarez, Shubha Sunder, Jonathan Escoffery, and Sarah Colwill-Brown, and musician George Clements of the Lonely Heartstring Band. Click here for more info. 


Living Transitions: A Conversation with Writers Joy Ladin and Lesléa Newman

Sunday, February 7, 11:30am

Authors Joy Ladin and Lesléa Newman will read new works of poetry and discuss the universal experience of transition, loss, and what comes after. Ladin will read from Impersonation, which explores the intersection of Jewish and trans identity, and Newman will read from her new book, I Carry My Mother, which explores her recent transition to becoming a motherless daughter. Click here for more info.


Born Naked Reading

Saturday, February 20, 6:00pm

Join Nina Louise Morrison for a staged reading of her brand new play, Born Naked, a tragicomic examination of contemporary independence in the heart of historic Boston. The play centers around Nicky, a historical interpreter on the Freedom Trail. When one of her fellow guides commits suicide, she begins to question what freedom means: how we depend on each other, how we stand alone, and how we make our mark on the world. Click here for more info. 


Kim Savage's After the Woods 

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00pm

Local author Kim Savage will sign her debut YA thriller After the Woods, a local story that takes place in the Middlesex Fells. Click here for more info. 


The Bitter Side of Sweet Launch Party

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00pm

You're invited to the launch of Tara Sullivan’s second book, The Bitter Side of Sweet. She will be doing a short reading and sharing pictures from her research trip. Games and goodies are also likely. Click here for more info.

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