Lit Boston: What's Happening in February?

In the February 2020 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.


Howard Bryant presents Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Monday, February 3rd, 7:00pm
Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes ESPN writer and NPR sports correspondent Howard Bryant for a discussion of his latest book Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field.


Write Down the Street: The Evolution of the Hero

Tuesdays starting February 4th, 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Mattapan BPL

In this free, four-week class with instructor Quentin Lucas, writers will discuss the art of crafting heroes in a world where there is still resistance to marginalized voices being centered. Students will walk away with an understanding of how heroes have evolved in storytelling over centuries of American storytelling, and of what they want from their own heroes and how to bring them to life on the page.


Gish Jen presents The Resisters: A Novel

Tuesday, February 4th, 7:00pm
Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated local novelist Gish Jen—author of the National Book Critics' Circle Award– nominated Typical American—for a discussion of her latest novel, The Resisters.


GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator Open House & Info Session

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00-8:00pm
GrubStreet HQ

Interested in taking your memoir to the next level? Join us for an informal Q&A session on our Memoir Incubator program. Instructor Alysia Abbott and alumni of the program will be there to answer any questions you have about the Memoir Incubator program. We'll give you all the information you need to know about the application process, what the program entails, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind. To find out more about the program, click here.


New Voices in Fiction: Emily Nemens

Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00pm
Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome The Paris Review editor Emily Nemens for a discussion of her debut novel The Cactus League. She will be joined in conversation by writer Mark Polanzak.


Script Reading for the Play of JadyWady and the Bedbugs 

Thursday, February 6th and Thursday February 27th, 6:00pm
Hyde Park Public Library

A script reading for the play of JadyWady and the Bedbugs will be held on February 6th and February 27th at the Hyde Park Public Library (Weld Hall) from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Audiences ages 16 and up are welcome. R.S.V.P at (617) 669-9826 or email [email protected].


Kyle Chayka with Miranda Popkey, The Longing for Less

Thursday, February 6th, 7:00pm
Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books welcomes Kyle Chayka for a reading and discussion of his new book The Longing for Less, in conversation with novelist Miranda Popkey (Topics of Conversation).


Write Down the Street: Pieces of Me: Writing about Religion

Friday, February 7th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Egelston BPL

A lot of us grew up hearing that it wasn’t polite to talk about religion. But is writing about it okay? It is in this free seminar with instructor Vero González! Come write about how your experience (or lack of experience) with religion has helped shape who you are. In this ninety-minute class, you’ll commit to creating a safe and supportive container so that writers can create and share bravely and authentically.


Young Adult Writers Program: FREE Saturday Sessions

Saturday, February 8th, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
GrubStreet HQ

GrubStreet throws its doors open during one Saturday each month, offering FREE creative writing workshops for Boston-area high schoolers. Brainstorm some juicy topics, take a look at a number of published “remixed” memoirs (excerpts or short essays and poems), and gain inspiration to write your own in Memoir Writing: The Remix. Explore the various ways romance moves a plot, and how to keep its trajectory fresh and interesting, as well as learn how to utilize both romantic and platonic relationships in Is Romance Dead?: Writing Fresh Love Stories. Learn the basics of screenwriting: format, scene structure, and the elements of a scene in And Action!: Introduction to Screenwriting. Come a little early to February's YAWP Saturday for a quick info session about GrubStreet’s Teen Writing Fellowship! After the info session we’ll have a submit-a-thon where you can hang out and work on or submit your application surrounded by snacks and good company! All students must register in advance.


Helen Fremont presents The Escape Artist

Tuesday, February 11th, 7:00pm
Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith welcomes author Helen Fremont for a discussion of her memoir The Escape Artist.


Joanna Schaffhausen presents All the Best Lies

Thursday, February 13th, 7:00pm
Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith welcomes author Joanna Schaffhausen for a discussion of her novel All the Best Lies


I Just Haven’t Met You Yet with Tracy Strauss

Thursday, February 13th, 7:00pm
Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Join author Tracy Strauss for an evening discussion on love, life, and her new book, I Just Haven't Met You Yet.


A Conversation with Christopher Bollen, Christopher Castellani, & Hallie Ephron

Wednesday, February 19th, 7:00pm
Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books in welcoming crime novelists Christopher Bollen and Hallie Ephron in conversation with moderator and GrubStreet Artistic Director Christopher Castellani.


2020 Writers in Residence Welcome Reading

Friday, February 21st, 7:00pm
Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books in welcoming their 2020 Writers in Residence Justin Chen and Sacha Lamb as they read selections from their works in progress.


The Black Studies Reading Room: It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America

Saturday, February 22nd, 7:00pm
Trident Booksellers and Cafe

The Black Studies Reading Room is a monthly conversation on black lit, art, and ideas. Its purpose is to make more space for the creative and communal work of black study in and around Boston. Join Trident in February to discuss It Was All A Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America. 


Children’s Storytime: Ben Gundersheimer presents Lilah Tov Good Night

Sunday, February 23rd, 10:30am
Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith welcomes author Ben Gundersheimer for a reading of his children’s book Lilah Tov Good Night.


Kerri Maher presents The Girl in the White Gloves

Wednesday, February 26th, 7:00pm
Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith welcomes author Kerri Maher for a reading of her book The Girl in the White Gloves


Margarita Montimore presents Oona Out of Order

Thursday, February 27th, 7:00pm
Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books welcomes author Margarita Montimore for a reading of her book Oona Out of Order.

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Mia is the Spring 2020 Marketing Co-Op at GrubStreet. She is currently studying English at Northeastern, and minoring in East Asian Studies and Japanese. When Mia isn't at GrubStreet, she likes to study languages, read, write, sing a little, and spend some of (read: all of) her time with NU Barkada, Northeastern's Filipino American student association.

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