Lit Boston: What’s Happening in December?

In the December 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. This list will be updated throughout the beginning of December, so check back for more soon!



Harvard Bookstore Winter Warehouse Sale 2018

When: Sat/Sun, December 1-2 (10am-7pm); Sat/Sun, December 8-9 (10am-7pm); 14 Park Street Somerville

Harvard Book Store is opening the doors for their hugely popular semiannual warehouse sale once again! This year they’ll have extended hours and two consecutive weekends in December. Come explore thousands of remainders—fiction, cookbooks, children's books, comics, art, history, science—plus rare and unusual used books just waiting to be discovered.


Four Stories Returns!

When: Monday, December 3rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm; 247 Elm Street, Somerville

The award-winning literary series is back with a new event featuring four readings from James Charlsworth, Lauren Kay Johnson, Sean Van Deuren, and Dariel Suarez. James Charlsworth is the author of The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill, which will be published in January 2019. Lauren Kay Johnson is a military veteran-turned nonfiction writer whose forthcoming memoir chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war. Sean Van Deuren, GrubStreet’s Marketing Manager, is the author of the short story collection I Am Happy You Are Here. GrubStreet’s Director of Core Programs and Faculty, Dariel Suarez, is the Cuban-born author of the story collection A Kind of Solitude, winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize.


GrubStreet's Spring 2019 Open House and Showcase

When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30pm-8:00pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston

Looking to meet fellow writers and learn about Boston's writing community? Drop by our Spring 2019 Open House to discuss your writing goals, get personalized class recommendations, and more.


City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges Reading at the BPL

When: Wednesday, December 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm; 700 Boylston Street, Boston

On December 5th, don’t miss one of Danielle Legros Georges’s last appearances as the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate (2015-2019). Join Boston Public Library in hosting a free reading of her work, accompanied by special guests.


Ben Berman Reading of Then Again at Brookline Booksmith

When: Thursday, December 6th, 7:00pm; 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

On December 6th, GrubStreet instructor and author Ben Berman will be reading from his latest poetry book, Then Again, which features interrelated short prose pieces exploring a life outside of chronological order, bouncing back and forth between foreign adventures and domestic routines.


FREE Happy Hour Writing Session

When: Friday, December 7th, 5:30pm-6:30pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston

Meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises. Free drinks (beer, coffee, water) and snacks provided.


Novel Incubator Open House and Info Session

When: Tuesday, December 11th, 6:00pm-7:30pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston

On December 11th, join us at Grub HQ for an informal Novel Incubator Q&A session that'll take your novel to the next level. Alumni of the program and instructor Michelle Hoover will be there to answer any questions.


FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series

When: Wednesday, December 12th, 12:30pm-1:15pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston

Bring your lunch and come on over to GrubStreet. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises.


Celebrated Author Ann Hood Shares Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Love, Life, and Food

When: Thursday, December 13th, 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Join the Boston Public Library in hosting a free reading from bestselling author Ann Hood’s warm collection of personal essays and recipes from Kitchen Yarns. With her signature humor and tenderness, Hood details her favorite recipes and more, along with tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.





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

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Sarah "Rah" Sturman is a senior at The American University of Paris, studying Creative Writing and Italian Studies. She fabricates fiction, toys with translation, and has been published in Paris/Atlantic. In her spare time, she creates languages, takes photographs (Instagram: @sarevel), and travels. Her current missions are to find the best French croissants in Boston and the best New York bagels in Paris.

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