Best of Boston: What's Happening in October?

Welcome to our ninth installment 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.


Craft on Draft

October 4th, 7:00pm

GrubStreet and the Novel Incubator present A Hard Day's Work: The Working Lives of Characters. Jennifer S. Brown, Louise Miller, and Hank Phillippi Ryan discuss how their characters' careers transform their narrative. This event takes place at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Click here for more info.


Author Panel

October 6th, 7:00pm

October is National Reading Group Month! In celebration, WNBA-Boston will host an author panel at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, featuring GrubStreet's Michelle Hoover and Kathy Sherbrooke, as well as Sally Cabot Gunning. They will discuss their novels BottomlandFill the Sky, and Monticello, moderated by Lisa Duffy. This event takes place at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Click here for more info.


Boston Lit Crawl

October 13th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Come celebrate the city’s literary past, present and future at the inaugural Lit Crawl Boston, a night of irreverent literary programming in Boston’s Back Bay. Intrepid readers will choose from a variety of unique literary events including games, performances, provocations and other oddities, all in surprising venues ranging from cafes and art galleries to barbershops and shoe stores. This moveable feast is FREE, and most of the events will offer free beer and wine. Click here for more info.


GrubStreet Happy Hour

October 14th, 5:30pm

What's more satisfying than leaving work behind on a Friday afternoon? Rounding out the week with a free writing session, of course! Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend with our first Happy Hour Writing Session of the fall. Leave work behind on and come on over to Grub HQ. In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises. Free drinks (beer, coffee, water) and snacks provided. Click here for more info.


Boston Book Festival 

October 14th-15th

The annual Boston Book Festival promotes a culture of reading and ideas, and enhances the vibrancy of our city. With free sessions on every topic and booths in Copley Square, the festival has every literary heart's desire. Don't forget to stop by Grub's booth! Click here for more info.


Writers of Color Discussion Group

October 20th, 6:00pm

Who gets to write what? What exactly is cultural appropriation and are we even using the term correctly? Do limits to artistic freedom really exist, and if so, how are they made? Join us at the next GrubStreet’s Writers of Color meeting on October 20th at 6:00pm for a discussion about cultural appropriation and the associated arguments surrounding the phenomenon, led by Alveena Shah, Grub Instructor Eson Kim, and our own Sonya Larson. Click here for more info.


Clint Smith reads from Counting Descent

October 28th, 7:00pm

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome prize-winning short story author and debut novelist Clint Smith for a reading from his novel Counting Descent, which will be 20% off the day of the event. This event is free and takes place at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. Click here for more info.

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