Lit Boston: What’s Happening in August?

In the August 2018 edition of "Best of Boston," we bring you our top Boston lit events this month, curated from the Boston Literary District's event calendar, an essential source of literary happenings.

 

Spoken Word for Teens at the BPL

When: August 1st, August 8th & August 15th, 4:00pm-5:30pm; Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

Drop in to one session just to write alongside other creatives, or come to both to keep your writing muscles limber. This time, we will be focusing on poetry, spoken word, and the art of hip-hop. We also have plenty of snacks for when we get the creative munchies. For teens ages 12-17.

 

Amitava Kumar presents Immigrant, Montana: A Novel

When: August 2nd, 7:00pm - 8:00pm; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and Vassar professor Amitava Kumar—author of Lunch with a Bigot—for a discussion of his latest novel, Immigrant, Montana.

 

Breath and Matter: Sculptors and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery

When: August 3rd, 5:30pm-8:30pm; Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave, Boston

In a bold move, Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.

 

The Hub of Literary America Walking Tour (reoccurring)

When: August 4th, 10:00am - 11:30am; School & Washington Streets, Boston

This literary tour highlights the homes and haunts of such prominent Victorians as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Individually, they were writers and poets without peer.

 

City-Wide Friends Book Sale

When: Saturday, August 4, 10:00am - 4:00pm; Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Support the Boston Public Library by buying used books from the City-Wide Friends.

 

Fly Girls at Brookline Booksmith

When: August 9th, 7:00pm; Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline

Come to Brookline Booksmith on August 9 to learn about Fly Girls, a riveting non-fiction narrative about women in aviation in the 1920s and ’30s that Time Magazine calls one of the best books of the summer. Journalist Keith O’Brien will be speaking, reading from the book, answering questions, and signing copies.

 

Dog Days of Summer Book Sale

When: Saturday, August 18th, 10:00am - 3:00pm; 646 East Broadway, South Boston

The Dog Days of Summer—a great time for just relaxing and reading in the shade. Stock up at a book sale presented by the Friends of the South Boston Branch Library. Come and browse our wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks for adults and children, available at low, low prices. All book sale proceeds benefit the South Boston Branch. We welcome your support!

 

The Harvard Square Book Circle discusses Han Kang's The Vegetarian: A Novel

When: Monday, August 27th, 7:00pm; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, discusses Han Kang’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel, The Vegetarian—which will be featured in the bookstore's Select Seventy display for the month of August.

 

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group

When: Tuesday, August 28th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm; Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street Boston

Are you a Millennial who loves to read? Then the Boston Public Library's book group, Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them, is for you. Our August pick is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Pick up a copy at the Borrower Services Desk. New members are welcome.

 

 

For a full list of everything lit in Boston this month, check out the Boston Literary District's event calendar!

 

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