Best of Boston: What’s Happening in July?

Welcome to the seventeenth 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.

--READING: Friday, July 7th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Randy Ross at Porter Square Books
Randy Ross will read and perform scenes from his comedy novel God Bless Cambodia. Ross will also present a slide show about his miserable trip around the world. Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge.  

--READING: Friday, July 7th, 7:00pm-8:45pmDire Literary Series & Open Mic
Join us for a reading and open mic session with Rachel Kadish, Jay Sheets, and Lauren Hilger. 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--READING: Friday to Friday, July 7th-14th, Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program's Summer Reading Series
The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College announces its Summer Reading Series. Readings will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, and are free and open to the public. Author’s books will be available for signing, and there is plenty of free parking! For a list of the readings, check out their website.

--READING: Tuesday, July 11th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Carolyn Stearns Featured at Story Space
Carolyn Stearns does storytelling, arts, education and agriculture - especially historical stories and family stories. She will tell tales of Connecticut: the House Women Built, An Oxen Drive and more. Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--READING: Thursday, July 13th, 7:30pm, Arlington Author Salon
July's theme, "Food Feuds from Ancient Rome to Boston's own Southie," features Crystal King (Feast of Sorrow), chef and author Barbara Lynch (Out of Line), and food writer Ted Weesner. Kickstand Cafe, 594 Mass Avenue, Arlington

--WORKSHOP: Monday to Friday, July 17th-21st, Summer Poetry Institute for K-12 Educators
The Favorite Poem Project, in cooperation with the Boston University School of Education, is accepting applications for the 16th annual Poetry Institute for Educators at Boston University. We invite teachers and teacher/administrator teams across all grade levels to apply. The Institute seeks a range of participants: new and experienced teachers, those who enjoy teaching poetry and those who've shied away from it. For more information check out the website

--READING: Tuesday, July 18th, 6:45pm-9:00pmJannelle Codianni Featured at Story Space
Jannelle Codianni is uncannily perceptive and breathes poetry and searing honesty into every well-crafted tale. Her true-life, personal stories regularly win story slams and are sure to win your heart. Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--EVENT: Thursday, July 27th, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Literary Trivia
The BBF's popular literary pub trivia contest is back, with all new questions and WBUR's Jack Lepiarz at the mic. $15 tickets to help support the Boston Book Festival. Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

--READING: Thursday, July 27th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Discussing a Changing China
Kaitlin Solimine, author of Empire of Glass, will be in conversation with Val Wang, author of Beijing Bastard, about novel writing, modern China, and where to find Beijing's best baozi. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton

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