Hitchhiker's Guide to the Boston Book Scene

February, the shortest month, is like a ghost pepper.  It is packed with explosive surprises so don’t let its diminutive space on the calendar get you upset.  Some of the most exciting readings are this month.


Why are we so excited?  Because Christopher Castellani, Grub Street’s Artistic Director, is launching his new book all over town! Check out all the dates and times below.


That’s not the only event into which you should sink your teeth.  Manil Suri is visiting Brookline Booksmith in support of his very cool new book, City of Devi.



The unstoppable Junot Diaz stops by Wellesley College, so check that out if you didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of him last fall.

For poetry lovers (and what a month to be a lover of poetry!), the Blacksmith House Poetry Series continues with some fine writers, especially Jill McDonough and Matthew Miller.

Grab your calendar and peruse the list below!



FEB 1, 2013, 8 PM 

TIMOTHY GAGER "Treating a Sick Animal" - ILIE RUBY “The Salt Gods Daughter” - ALEXANDRA CHASIN “Brief” - SARAH SWEENEY from The Harvard Gazette

Out of the Blue Art Gallery106 Prospect St., Cambridge


Tuesday, February 5, 5 pm
Mark S. Burrows
new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Prayers of a Young Poet
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
6 Plympton Street, Cambridge


Wednesday, February 6, 7 pm
Nick Flynn, Dobby Gibson, and Mary Syzbist
Harvard Book Store


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7pm
Grub Street Artistic Director Christopher Castellani
Porter Square Books


Thu, Feb 7, 7PM 
Grub Street Artistic Director Christopher Castellani, ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE
Newtonville Books


Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 4:00pm and 8pm

Julie Otsuka Q&A and Reading

Bill Bordy Theater and Auditorium, Boston, MA


Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm
A Night of Love and Secrets
Chris Castellani and Randy Susan Meyers
All This Talk of Love and The Comfort of Lies
Brookline Booksmith


Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 4:30PM
Junot Díaz
Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall
Wellesley College


Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm
Manil Suri
The City of Devi
Brookline Booksmith


Sunday, February 24 at 4pm
Rosie Schaap
Drinking With Men
Brookline Booksmith


Monday, February 25, 8 pm
Jill McDonough and Matthew Miller
Blacksmith House Poetry Series
56 Brattle Street, Cambridge


Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm
Jodi Picoult
The Storyteller
Brookline Booksmith
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Tickets on sale 1/21
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 6:45p
JP Writes & Invites: Jennifer Haigh
Boston Public Library -- Jamaica Plain Branch

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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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