Best of Boston: What's Happening in March?

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


A. Igoni Barrett Reads from Blackass: A Novel

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00pm

Harvard Book Store welcomes A. Igoni Barrett, author of the story collection Love Is Power, or Something Like That, for a reading from his debut novel, BlackassBlackass is a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look. Click here for more info.  


An Evening with Melissa Burch

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Porter Square Books welcomes Melissa Burch, bestselling author and filmmaker for a discussion of Burch’s My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker. Her memoir is based on experiences she had as a war journalist for BBC, CBS, and other networks. She was featured in a New York Times story about her time in Afghanistan. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahideen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000-foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. Click here for more info.


Broken Mirrors: A Reading and Conversation with Elias Khoury

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Join the Boston University Photonics Center for a reading and conversation with Elias Khoury. Khoury will read from and discuss his latest novel, Broken Mirrors (Archipelago Books, January 2016), in the context of the ongoing revolutionary process in the Middle East and its impact on Europe. Khoury, born in Beirut, is the author of thirteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. The event is free and open to the public, with reception and book signing to follow. Click here for more info.


Ways with Words: Exploring Language and Gender

Friday, March 4, 9:00am-5:00pm

This conference is a snapshot of the state of language in today's society as it relates to, mirrors, and affects perceptions of gender. Anthropologists, authors, computer scientists, journalists, linguists, performing artists, politicians, and psychologists will explore different facets of the interplay of gender and language. Janet Mock — a cultural commentator, advocate for trans women's rights, and New York Times bestselling author — will deliver the keynote speech. Click here for more info.


Writer’s Infusion with Literary Agent Ann Collette    

Saturday, March 26, 10:00am-12:00pm

Writer's Infusion, the Internet show designed to bring the experience and support of a writer's group to the writing community, is joining up with Ann Collette of the Rees Literary Agency to critique submissions for free! Choose a few pages from your latest novel, short story, screenplay, etc. and submit them using the form on their submissions page. They will choose several submissions to critique at the event, where each writer can join us onstage for a live taping of his/her critique session. Click here for more info.


European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki and Julia Sherwood

Thursday, March 31, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Join Boston University's Pardee School for a reading and conversation with Polish author Hubert Klimko-Dobrzanieckiand and translator Julia Sherwood. Klimko-Dobrzaniecki is a novelist and poet. Julia Sherwood was born and grew up in Bratislava, then Czechoslovakia. After studying English and Slavonic languages and literature, she settled in the UK, where she spent over twenty years working for Amnesty International. This event is free and open to the public, with reception and book signing to follow. Click here for more info.

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