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Lit Boston: What's Happening in August?

In the August 2020 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, taking place virtually. See below for our list of local literary happenings.

 

Virtual Event: Romalyn Ante: Antiemetic for Homesickness w/ Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, Marianne Chan, Joseph O. Legaspi, Kabel Mishka Ligot, + R.A. Villanueva 

Monday, August 3rd at 5:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Books Are Magic

Join Books Are Magic for a transnational poetry reading to celebrate the book launch of Romalyn Ante's Antiemetic for Homesickness, featuring special guests: Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, Marianne Chan, Joseph O. Legaspi, Kabel Mishka Ligot, and R.A. Villanueva as moderator! RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: David Goodwillie with Jenna Blum 

Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $5 - $31

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

David Goodwillie is joined by Jenna Blum and Brookline Booksmith to celebrate the release of his novel Kings County. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Catherine Lacey 

Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $3

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Whiting Award–winning writer Catherine Lacey — author of the acclaimed novels Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers — for a discussion of her latest novel, Pew. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Morgan Jerkins: Wandering in Strange Lands w/ Jason Reynolds

Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Books Are Magic

Join Books Are Magic as Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book, Wandering Strange Lands, with Jason Reynolds. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $31

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan launches her new book, The First to Lie, with Brookline Booksmith! RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Raven Leilani 

Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $3

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and GrubStreet are thrilled to welcome debut author Raven Leilani for a discussion of her novel Luster. She will be joined in conversation by Brit Bennett, author of the bestselling, award-winning novels The Mothers and The Vanishing Half. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Caroline Leavitt Launch, in conversation with B.A. Shapiro 

Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a fascinating evening as Caroline Leavitt launches her latest novel, With or Without You, and discusses it with bestselling author B.A. Shapiro. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Jill MCCorkle 

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a discussion with Jill McCorkle of her newest novel, Hieroglyphics. RSVP here.

  

Virtual Event: William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality 

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to present a virtual talk with William Darity Jr. and Kirsten Mullen, the authors of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century! This event is free and open to all, and is hosted on Crowdcast. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Andrzej Tichý with Nichola Smalley 

Thursday, August 6th at 4:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Author Andrzej Tichý and translator Nichola Smalley discuss their latest book, Wretchedness. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Bonnie Tsui in Conversation With Crissy Van Meter 

Thursday, August 6th at 5:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Powell's Books

Author Bonnie Tsui discusses her latest book, Why We Swim, in conversation with author Crissy Van Meter. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Andrew Martin and Benjamin Nugent 

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $3

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed writers Andrew Martin and Benjamin Nugent for a discussion of their latest short story collections, Cool for America and Fraternity. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Lysley Tenorio: The Son of Good Fortune & Quan Barry: We Ride Upon Sticks w/ Anthony Doerr

Friday, August 7th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Books Are Magic

Join Lysley Tenorio and Quan Barry in conversation with Anthony Doerr about their new novels The Son of Good Fortune and We Ride Upon Sticks, respectively. RSVP here.

  

Virtual: Megan Collins with Megan Miranda, Behind the Red Door 

Friday, August 7th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join us for a virtual event of Megans as Megan Collins discusses her new novel Behind the Red Door in conversation with Megan Miranda! This event is free and open to all, and is hosted on Crowdcast. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Ilia Calderon + Tiffany D. Cross: My Time To Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race 

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by The Strand Book Store

Join The Strand for a virtual event on Zoom to launch Ilia Calderon's new novel, My Time To Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race. Ilia will be in conversation with Tiffany Cross. The event will also be live-streamed via The Strand's Facebook page, @strandbookstore. RSVP here.

  

Virtual Event: Rebecca Kim Wells with Rory Power and Sara Farizan, Shatter the Sky

Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to celebrate the paperback release of our Staff Pick of the Year with a virtual event featuring our own Rebecca Kim Wells, author of Shatter the Sky, in conversation with Sara Farizan and Rory Power! This event takes place on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all. RSVP here.

 

Write Down the Street | Egleston: Writing About Visual Art (Remote)

Tuesday, August 11th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this drop-in class. Painters and poets have long been in conversation with each other. We’ll look at examples by Mike Goldberg & Frank O’Hara as well as the string of poems inspired by Pieter Bruegel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” before virtually visiting an eclectic and diverse collection of paintings, and writing our responses. RSVP here.

 

Free Brown Bag Lunch Session (Remote)

Wednesday, August 12th, 12:30pm-1:15pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Looking for some virtual mid-week writing community? Or do you have a schedule that gives you free afternoons instead of evenings? Join our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via easy to use video conferencing. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises. Led by one of our award-winning instructors or ambassadors. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Shruti Swamy in Conversation With Kiese Laymon 

Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Powell's Books

Author Shruti Swamy discusses her latest book, A House is a Body, in conversation with author Kiese Laymon. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Meg Medina in conversation with Sarah Marie Jette in support of Read It Forward 

Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a great conversation with Newbery award-winning author Meg Medina and local author and teacher, Sarah Marie Jette! This conversation will be held on Zoom. Please consider donating to Read It Forward when you register. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Melanie Conroy-Goldman with Elizabeth Kadetsky 

Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 - $23

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Melanie Conroy-Goldman discusses her new book The Likely World with author Elizabeth Kadetsky and Brookline Booksmith. RSVP here.

 

Write Down the Street | Mattapan: The Dynamics of Dialogue (Remote)

Saturday, August 15th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this drop-in class. In this class we’ll examine samples of dialogue and discuss what does and doesn’t work, share our own experiences with writing dialogue, and consider popular lists of “do’s” and “don’ts” when trying to write effective dialogue and the pieces of advice from popular authors. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Jennifer De Leon with Celeste Ng, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to host the virtual launch of Jennifer De Leon's debut young adult novel Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, with special guest Celeste Ng and co-sponsored by our friends at 826 Boston! This event is free and open to all, and is hosted on Crowdcast.  RSVP here.

Virtual Event: Fatima Bhutto with Susan Abulhawa: The Runaways

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 pm | Event Fee: $24.94

A Virtual Event by The Strand Book Store

Join The Strand for a virtual event with Fatima Bhutto in conversation with Susan Abulhawa to celebrate the release of her book, The Runaways. All tickets include one single-use login for the event and one copy of The Runaways, to be received via direct mail the week of the event. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Heidi Pitlor and Caroline Leavitt 

Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: TBD

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Spend an evening with Brookline Booksmith and two incredible novelists in conversation! Authors Caroline Leavitt and Heidi Pitlor join us to discuss their latest work. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Fatima Bhutto with Ariel Levy 

Thursday, August 20th at 5:00 pm | Event Fee: $22

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a virtual event with memoirist, essayist, novelist Fatima Bhutto, as she discusses her new novel The Runaways with the New Yorker's Ariel Levy. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Megan Margulies in Conversation With Jacque Nodell 

Monday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Powell's Books

Author Megan Margulies discusses her latest book, My Captain America, in conversation with author Jacque Nodell. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Janella Angeles and Roshani Chokshi 

Tuesday, August 25th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith is excited to launch Janella Angeles’s debut YA novel, Where Dreams Descend, on August 25! Join them for a virtual launch with Janella in conversation with Roshani Chokshi. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Heidi Pitlor in conversation with Tova Mirvis 

Tuesday, August 25th at 7:00 pm | Event Fee: $0 

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a great conversation between Heidi Pitlor, author of Impersonation, and Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation: A Memoir. This event will be held on Crowdcast. RSVP here.

 

Free Happy Hour Writing Session (Remote)

Friday, August 28th, 5:30pm-6:30pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Leave work behind on Friday, August 28th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm, grab a snack and/or your favorite after-work beverage, and log into GrubStreet Remote for some writing! RSVP here.

 

Independent Bookstore Day! 

Saturday, August 29th at 9:00 am | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Come join us for Brookline Booksmith’s celebration of the 7th annual Independent Bookstore Day! Details to follow. Learn more.

 

Virtual Event: April Henry, June Hur & L. E. Flynn in Conversation With Miranda Doyle

Monday, August 31st at 5:00 pm | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Powell's Books

Powell's Books presents authors April Henry (The Girl in the White Van), June Hur (The Silence of Bones) and L. E. Flynn (All Eyes on Her). They will be joined in conversation by teacher and librarian Miranda Doyle. RSVP here.

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