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Lit Boston: What's Happening in January?

In the January 2021 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.

 

Edwin Hill with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Monday, January 4th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $35

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as author Edwin Hill launches Watch Her: A Hester Thursby Mystery, in conversation with author Hank Phillippi Ryan. RSVP here.

 

Alan Shayne in conversation with Christopher Castellani

Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books as author Alan Shayne discusses his book The Rain May Pass, in conversation with author Christopher Castellani. RSVP here.

 

Denise Bergman with Nina MacLauglin, The Shape of the Keyhole

Wednesday, January 6th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual reading and discussion with poet Denise Bergman for her new collection The Shape of the Keyhole, joined in conversation by Nina MacLaughlin (Wake, Siren). RSVP here.

 

Edwin Hill and Sara Driscoll

Thursday, January 7th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a night of mystery with authors Edwin Hill and Sara Driscoll as they talk about their new books. RSVP here.

 

Evan I. Schwartz with the Concord Free Press

Thursday, January 7th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: Donation

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as author Evan I. Schwartz launches Revolver. The Concord Free Press will give away 2,500 copies of Revolver via online requests and its nation-wide network of independent bookstores. Readers are asked only to donate to a cause they believe in or help someone in need—then pass their book on so others can give. RSVP here.

 

Alden Jones and Sven Birkerts

Thursday, January 7th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual talk with local authors Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness) and Sven Birkerts (Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory), who will discuss their latest works and their shared form of the "critical memoir." RSVP here.

 

Workshop with Jen Sincero: Badass Habits

Friday, January 8th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $26 – $35

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith will be hosting a virtual workshop with Jen Sincero, celebrating her new book Badass Habits. RSVP here.

 

Grubbie Debut: Julie Dalton with Hank Phillippe Ryan, Waiting for the Night Song

Monday, January 11th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet and Porter Square Books

Join GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum Julie Dalton for the launch of her debut novel, Waiting for the Night Song, in conversation with GrubStreet Instructor Hank Phillipi Ryan. RSVP here.

 

Julia Cameron with Joel Fotinos: The Listening Path

Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $17.99 – $45.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as author of The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron discusses her new book, The Listening Path, with her long time editor, Joel Fotinos. RSVP here.

 

Mameve Medwed with Stephen McCauley, Minus Me

Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books to celebrate the launch of local author Mameve Medwed's latest novel, Minus Me, joined in conversation by Stephen McCauley (My Ex-Life). RSVP here.

 

Free Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session

Wednesday, January 13th at 12:30PM ET | 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 GrubStreet’s Free Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session live via Zoom. RSVP here.

 

Hafizah Geter in conversation with Tayari Jones

Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a wonderful conversation between Hafizah Geter and Tayari Jones about Hafizah's new book Un-American. RSVP here.

 

Bernice Lerner discusses All the Horrors of War

Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $36

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as Bernice Lerner discusses her book All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. RSVP here.

 

E.A. Aymar and Hannah Mary McKinnon

Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a night of mystery with authors E.A. Aymar and Hannah Mary McKinnon as they talk about their new books. RSVP here.

 

Frank Wilczek with Steven Pinker, Fundamentals

Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual talk with theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek for the release of his latest book, Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, joined in conversation by Steven Pinker. RSVP here.

 

No Rules: A Virtual Local Author Event

Saturday, January 16th at 1:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Blackstone Library

The Blackstone Library is pleased to host Connecticut author Sharon Dukett for a discussion of her memoir No Rules. RSVP here.

 

Kwan Kew Lai in conversation with Nahreen Ahmed

Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books in welcoming Dr. Kwan Kew Lai to discuss her latest book, Into Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor's Memoir, with Dr. Nahreen Ahmed. RSVP here.

 

Grubbie Debut: Desmond Hall with Jennifer De Leon, Your Corner Dark

Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet and Porter Square Books

Join GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum Desmond Hall for the launch of his debut novel, Your Corner Dark, in conversation with GrubStreet Board Member Jennifer De Leon. RSVP here.

 

Author Talk with Desmond Hall: Your Corner Dark

Thursday, January 21st at 4:00 PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet and the Boston Public Library

Author Desmond Hall will speak about the writing journey, navigating through the publishing world, finding writing support, and living as an artist while trying to navigate life in general. He’ll also be taking questions from teens, and copies of his book will be given away to randomly selected attendees. RSVP here.

 

Pamela Painter in conversation with Virginia Pye

Thursday, January 21st at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books as Pamela Painter discusses her latest work, Fabrications: New and Selected Stories, with author Virginia Pye. RSVP here.

 

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): FREE Saturday Sessions for Teens

Saturday, January 23rd from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Workshop Fee: $0

A Remote Workshop by GrubStreet

Start the journey of writing from your own experience in Telling Your Story: Writing What You Know; identify the ingredients that create a sense of grip and get insights into how creators create pulse-raising stories in Writing on the Edge of our Seats: Writing Suspense; or read work from Indigenous writers that explore different frames of understanding place, of understanding land, and our relationships to both in When I Woke Up, I Dreamed: Writing about Place. Learn more and register here.

 

Martín Espada with Luke Salisbury, Floaters

Monday, January 25th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual reading from award-winning poet Martín Espada's latest collection Floaters. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Luke Salisbury. RSVP here.

 

Write Down the Street (Mattapan): Everything Nobody Told Me About the Novel - Part 1

Starting Tuesday, January 26th at 1:45PM ET | Workshop Fee: $0

A Remote Workshop by GrubStreet

Writers based in Mattapan and Egleston can sign up for this free course. Students will spend eight weeks (split into a part one and a part two) exploring the process of writing a novel from characters, to arc, to dialogue, to being able to apply these skills to other writing mediums.  Register here.

 

Doris Iarovici in conversation with Rishi Reddi

Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a great conversation between local authors Doris Iarovici and Rishi Reddi about Doris' new short story book, Minus One. RSVP here.

 

An Evening with Rebecca Makkai: Author of The Great Believers

Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Galena Public Library District

2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Makkai will discuss her book The Great Believers and her journey to becoming an author. RSVP here.

 

Lift Every Voice: Another Voice

Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Tavares Public Library

A 60-minute virtual discussion exploring African American literary movements throughout the American century to current times. The presentation highlights authors from W.E.B. DuBois and Alice Dunbar-Nelson to Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead. RSVP here.

 

Claire Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson

Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for an enlightening discussion between Claire Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson about their book Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace. RSVP here.

 

So You Want to Be a Writer: Tips on Applying to GrubStreet's Emerging Writer Fellowship & Other Opportunities

Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Applying to fellowships, contests, scholarships and other creative writing opportunities can be intimidating, especially the first time around. Come join GrubStreet for a Q&A session that clarifies the application process for GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship as well as many other opportunities. RSVP here.

 

Joanna Schaffhausen Book Launch: Every Waking Hour

Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $36.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as mystery author Joanna Schaffhausen returns for a virtual launch of Every Waking Hour. RSVP here.

 

Julie Carrick Dalton in conversation with Andrew Krivak

Thursday, January 28th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books as debut author Julie Carrick Dalton discusses her new book, Waiting for the Night Song, with Andrew Krivak, author of The Bear. RSVP here.

 

Matthew Salesses with Laura van den Berg: Craft in the Real World

Thursday, January 28th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $35.95

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a discussion of the writer's craft with Matthew Salesses and Laura van den Berg. RSVP here.

 

Free Happy Hour Writing Session

Friday, January 29th at 5:30PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Leave work behind on Friday, January 29th, 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.

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