Best of Boston: What’s Happening in May?

Welcome to the fifteenth 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.

--SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Deadline Monday, May 1st, My Mother, My Hero
In honor of the strength mothers provide for their families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize! See full submission guidelines on their website.

--EVENT: Tuesday, May 2nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Life of a Klansman: A Lecture by Author Edward Ball
Nonfiction author Edward Ball will speak about his upcoming book, which explores the life of a Klansman and the roots of white supremacy, and his path to writing it. Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

--EVENT: Tuesday, May 2nd, 5:30pm, Novel Launch: The Graves
Pam Wechsler's second novel, The Graves, is coming out May 2nd. Join her launch event at the Carrie Nation to celebrate! Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street, Boston

--EVENT: Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Audi-Fiction Podcast Launch
Come to the millennial fiction podcast Red Line Launch at Liberty Hotel! All are welcome--no ticket required. Light refreshments & cash bar will be available. Make sure you preview episode 1 on their websiteLiberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston

--READING: Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:45pm-9:00pm, Jackson Gilman Featured at Story Space
Jackson Gillman is at turns funny, poignant and earnest. He will be offering up choice selections from his vast repertoire of crowd pleasing stories, songs and inspired silliness. Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--EVENT: Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Author Talk: All Set for Black, Thanks: A New Look at Mourning
Miriam Weinstein discusses her new, slightly funny book. It is part memoir, part how-to, about how we keep our dead with us, even as we learn to let them go. 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge.

--READING: Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Mothers--The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Memoirist Nadine Kenney Johnstone and historical novelist J. K. Knauss discuss the real life and fictional mothers in their books, Of This Much I’m Sure and Seven Noble Knights. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

--READING: Thursday, May 4th, 7:00pm, Neville Frankel's On the Sickle's Edge
Local author Neville Frankel will discuss the challenges of writing historical fiction, the balance between integrating historical detail while remaining true to the family stories that inspired his latest historical novel On the Sickle's Edge. The talk will be accompanied by renowned Klezmer violinist Abigale Reisman. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline


--CONFERENCE: Friday to Sunday, May 5th-7th, the Muse and the Marketplace
This three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and nonfiction, prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. For more information, check out their website.


--READING: Friday, May 5th, 7:00pm-8:45pm, Dire Literary Series
A conversation with Christine Reilly, Olivia Kate Cerrone, and Ray Anderson, hosted by Timothy Gager. 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--READING: Friday, May 5th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Graeme Simsion at Wellesley Books
Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project, presents The Best of Adam Sharp, a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street. Wellesley

--CONTEST: Deadline Monday, May 8th, The Writer Short Story Contest: Spring Cleaning
Spring is finally here, so clean out those draft folders! You could win $1000 and publication in our magazine while you’re at it. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Full contest details visit their website

--READING: Tuesday, May 9th, 6:45pm-9:00pm, April Grant Featured at Story Space
April Grant does traditional material from many cultures: unusual tales rarely heard  often with a spin that will leave you with a new perspective on the vast range of possibility. Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.  

--READING: Tuesday, May 9th, 7:30pm-9:00pm, Boston Book Festival Presents Women of Letters
NYC's popular literary salon celebrating the lost art of letter writing comes to Boston, featuring Callie Crossley, Claire Messud, Abeer Hoque, and Hank Phillipi Ryan reading "a letter to my secret." Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

--EVENT: Thursday, May 11th, 6:00pm, Phillip Lopate and Lily King in Conversation with Christina Thompson
Stop by the Houghton Library on May 11th for a conversation with essayist Phillip Lopate, novelist Lily King, and Harvard Review Editor Christina Thompson hosted by the Harvard ReviewEdison & Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard

--EVENT: Saturday, May 13th, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Writing Towards Freedom: An Afternoon of Meditation and Writing
We'll spend some time on the cushion and also writing creatively. Tapping into our own quiet self, we tap into the source of our creativity and our deep knowing. 66 Lovett Street, Beverly

--EVENT: Saturday, May 13th, 7:00pm, Daughters And Fathers: Alysia Abbott And Joan Wickersham In Conversation

Twenty Summers 2017 season events continue with “Daughters and Fathers: Alysia Abbott and Joan Wickersham in Conversation.” Authors Abbott and Wickersham have both written critically acclaimed memoirs about the fathers they loved and lost too soon. The two authors will discuss their memoirs, their writing lives, and their other workThe Barn at Twenty Summers, 29 Miller Hill Rd

--EVENT: Friday, May 19th, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Boston Write-In
Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Write-In is a chance to bring people together through the stories we tellSpeakers include Ayanna Pressley, Julie Burros, Eve Bridburg, Boyah Farah, and Gazmend Kapllani. Boston Public Library Main Branch, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

--BOOK LAUNCH: Friday, May 19th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Eden: A Novel Book Launch 
Join Grubbie Jeanne Blasberg for the launch of her new novel Eden at the Harvard Book Store. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

--READING: Saturday, May 20th, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Meet Authors Katie Bayerl & Marianna Baer
Marianna Baer (The Inconceivable Life of Quinn) and GrubStreet instructor Katie Bayerl (A Psalm for Lost Girls) explore the miraculous and mysterious in young adult fiction. Northshore Mall, 210 Andover Street, Peaboy.

--CONFERENCE: Monday to Monday, May 23rd-29th, The VCFA Novel Retreat
This conference provides participants individual private studios and abundant writing time. Participants can also take part in craft talks, generative writing sessions, page clinics, and full-length manuscript critiques offered by our stellar faculty. Scholarships are available. Visit their website for more details.

--READING: Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Three Poets: Molly Peacock, Dale Matthews, and Lesléa Newman
Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst; Dale Matthews, author of Wait for the Green Fire; and Lesléa Newman, author of I Carry My Mother, read recently published and forthcoming work. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton

--CONTEST: Deadline Wednesday, May 31st, Masters Review Flash Contest + Poets & Writers Recognition
Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words. $2000, publication on the Masters Review site, and recognition in Poets & Writers Magazine1824 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon

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