Hitchhiker's Guide to the Boston Book Scene

It’s December.  It’s cold outside.  You need to warm your hitchhiking hands at a literary fire.  You’re lucky.  Despite the annual slowdown in readings during December (as folks become distracted with eggnog and carelessly start singing carols), there are some notable events before the holiday scheduling freeze.

Lots of poetry readings this month, including Kathleen Spivack’s launch of her memoir about circling around with Robert Lowell’s crew.

David Ferry, this year’s National Book Award in Poetry winner, will read right down the road from Grub Street Headquarters at The Modern Theater.

And all that happens even before Louise Gluck visits Harvard Book Store to read from her newly published collected poems.

Check out the list below for more events, including James Wood reading from his new collection of essays at Porter Square Books, and the Grub Street Launch Lab authors at Harvard Book Store.


Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4PM
Kathleen Spivack
With Robert Lowell and His Circle:
Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz & Others

Harvard Book Store


Monday, December 3, 2012, 7PM
Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire
Brookline Booksmith


Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7PM
Laura Harrington, Alice Bliss
Juliette Fay, The Shortest Way Home
Newtonville Books


Thursday, December 6, 2012 7PM
David Ferry
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry, for his collection Bewilderment
Suffolk University’s Modern Theater
525 Washington Street, Boston


Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:30PM
A Conversation with Stephen King
Moderated by Andre Dubus III
Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA


Friday, December 7, 2012, 7PM
Louise Glück
Poems 1962-2012
Harvard Book Store


Friday, December 7, 2012, 8PM
Dire Literary Series
Mike Heppner, Andrew Goldstein, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk
Begins with 4 fifteen minute slots of open mike
Out of the Blue Art Gallery
8 Prospect St., Cambridge


Monday, December 10, 2012, 7PM
Grub Street: The Launch Lab
Grub Street presents authors Donna Pincus, Susan Carlton, and Kathryn Burak
Harvard Book Store


Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7PM
James Wood
The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays
Porter Square Books


Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7PM
Karen Engelmann
The Stockholm Octavo
Brookline Booksmith


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Moving on from a public relations career in the Pacific Northwest, Drew Arnold migrated to the great literary hub of Boston where he is earning an MFA in fiction from UMass-Boston. Previously, he was the founding editor of Whitman College’s undergraduate creative writing magazine, quarterlife. He spent a year writing daily poems based on trending Google search terms. He currently edits the e-journal for serialized novellas, Novella-T. Drew joined GrubStreet as a Development Intern in the fall of 2012 and was hired as Development Associate the next spring. His role at GrubStreet is to give donors the complete Grub experience they deserve.

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