Lit Boston: What's Happening in February?

In the February 2019 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.

New Voices in Fiction: Whitney Scharer 

When: Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 PM; Harvard Book Store,1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local writer and GrubStreet Instructor Whitney Scharer  for a discussion of her highly anticipated debut novel, The Age of Light. She will be introduced by the bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum. 

Joanna Schaffhausen in conversation with Hank Phillipi Ryan at the BPL

When: Saturday, February 5th from 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston St, Boston

Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.  “A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it.”—The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season

Memoir Incubator Open House & Info Session 

When: Thursday, February 7th, 6:00-8:00pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston

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. 


Elinor Lipman Author Talk at Brookline Booksmith

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GrubStreet Literary Council Member Elinor Lipman is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can’t Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus.


Author Talk with Katrin Schumann, Susan Bernhard, and James Charlesworth at the BPL

When: Thursday, February 7th from 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston St, Boston

GrubStreet Instructor Katrin Schumann, (The Forgotten Hours, Lake Union), Susan Bernhard (Winter Loon, Little A) and Muse and the Marketplace Attendee James Charlesworth (The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill, Skyhorse) will launch a lively and interactive conversation about family dynamics, reading various excerpts from their books to reflect a different take on the theme, and talking about the reasons behind their craft choices.

Reading with Chloe Benjamin at the BPL

When: Thursday, February 7th from 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston St, Boston

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novels The Immortalists –a #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 LibraryReads Pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection–and The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. 

Reading with Andrew Aydin at the BPL

When: Monday, February 11th from 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston St, Bosto

Join Andrew Aydin, the creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis

Christopher Castellani Book Launch at Porter Square Books

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm; 25 White St. Cambridge

Join Grub's Artistic Director, Christopher Castellani, as he launches his new novel Leading Men in conversation with author Lauren Groff.

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series 

When: Wednesday, February 13th from 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. Led by one of our award-winning instructors or ambassadors.

Happy Hour Writing Session

When: Friday, February 22nd from 5:30pm-6:30pm; 162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston

In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises. Free drinks (beer, wine, coffee, water) and snacks provided. 

Mandeliene Smith presents RUTTING SEASON at Porter Square Books

When: Tuesday, February 26th from 7:00pm-8:00pm; 25 White Street, Cambridge

Mandeliene Smith will read from her debut fiction collection, Rutting Season.

Ayesha Harruna Attah in conversation with Zoë Gadegbeku at the BPL
When: Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00pm-7:30pm; 700 Boylston St, Boston

Born to two Ghanaian journalists, Ayesha Harruna Attah grew up in Accra and was educated at Columbia University and NYU. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Asymptote Magazine, and the Caine Prize Writers’ 2010 Anthology. Zoë Gadegbeku is a Ghanaian writer living in Boston. Her work has appeared in Afreada, Brittle Paper, Saraba Magazine, Blackbird, Slice Magazine, and elsewhere. 

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

About the Author

Hannah is a third year student at Northeastern University studying Theatre and English with a minor in Writing. She's able to combine the subjects she studies when she writes plays, but she's also interested in directing as well. The work she chooses to write and/or direct is written with an intersectional feminist lens. When she's not writing plays and poetry, you can be sure to find her in the kitchen whipping up a tasty treat or two. Other interests include eating said tasty treats, hiking, and searching for the best thrift shops in Boston and beyond.

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