Lit Boston: What's Happening in July?

In the July 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.

Rory Powers Wilder Girls Book Launch

When: Tuesday, July 9th, 7pm; 25 White St., Cambridge

Join local author for the launch of her debut YA novel, Wilder Girls, at Porter Square Books in conversation with author Karen M. McManus.

Rachel Barenbaum at Harvard Bookstore

When: Thursday, July 11th, 7pm; 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome debut author Rachel Barenbaum for a discussion of her new book, A Bend in the Stars: A Novel.

Sy Montgomery reading of The Magnificent Migration at Porter Square Books

When: Thursday, July 11th, 7pm; 25 White St., Cambridge

Come join National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery for a reading of her latest book, The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds.

Write Down the Street: A Reading at JP Porchfest

When: Saturday, July13th, 3:30pm; 195 Boylston St., Boston

Come to the Egleston Community Orchard at JP Porchfest, where poets and writers from Write Down the Street creative writing classes will read fiction, poetry, and memoir pieces from many experiences and perspectives.

Poetry In the Garden

When: Sunday, July 14th, 4pm; 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville

Join the Somerville Community Growing Center for a reading by poets Jennifer Clarvoe, Cammy Thomas, Simeon Berry, and Edwin Alanis Garcia.

Susan Solomont at Porter Square Books

When: Tuesday, July 16th, 7pm; 25 White St., Cambridge

Local author Susan Solomont presents her new book, Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of An Ambassador's Wife.

Literary Lunch Series

When: Wednesdays Starting July 17th, 12pm; 4 South Market Building, Boston

Come to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to enjoy lunch while you listen to authors reading from their novels. This event runs every Wednesday between July 17th and August 1st.

Writing Retreat in Prague

When: Thursday, July 18th-Saturday, July 27th; Prague, Czech Republic

Join GrubStreet instructor Jaqueline Sheehan and Woman Reading Aloud director Julie Maloney for a writing retreat in Prague. Open to women writers of all genres.

Book Launch for Blue Hours

When: Friday, July 19th, 7pm; 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join author Daphne Kalotay for the launch of her novel Blue Hours, in conversation with Rishi Reddy.

Transnational Series with Ocean Vuong

When: Monday, July 22nd, 7pm; 279 Harvard St, Brookline

Join author Ocean Vuong at Brookline Booksmith, where he will discuss his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

Boston Book Festival Literary Pub Trivia

When: Thursday, July 25th, 6pm; 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Join the Boston Book Festival at Trident Booksellers and Cafe for Literary Pub Trivia! The host for the evening will be Jack Lepiarz of 90.9 WBUR.

Maureen Stanton reading of Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

When: Thursday, July 25th, 7pm; 25 White St., Cambridge

Join author Maureen Stanton for a reading of her memoir, which Andre Dubus III called “mesmerizing . . . daring and important.”

Happy Hour Writing Session

When: Friday, July 26th, 5:30pm; 162 Boylston St #5, Boston

Join GrubStreet instructor Courtney E. Landi for a FREE Happy Hour Writing Session at Grub HQ! You’ll meet other writers in a jam-packed hour long writing session. Free drinks provided.

Poets & Pints

When: Wednesday, July 31st, 7pm; 14 Tyler St., Somerville

Join Porter Square Books at Aeronaut brewery for a celebration of local poetry. This reading features poets GennaRose Nethercott, Cassandra de Alba, and Julia Story.

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About the Author

Hannah Levinson (she/her) serves as the Senior Development Associate at GrubStreet. She serves as the primary point of contact for the GrubStreet membership program, and supports the Associate Director of Development in donor stewardship. She is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BA in English and Theatre, minor in Writing. Previously, Hannah worked at Actor's Shakespeare Project as their Social Media Coordinator and at the National Women's Theatre Festival as the Artistic & Administrative Apprentice. As an artist & writer, Hannah strives to bring an ethic of care and justice into whatever project she's working on. She wears a variety of hats, including playwright, researcher, stage manager, dramaturg, director, avid baker, and devoted plant parent. When she's not at GrubStreet, she's probably cooking up something tasty in her cozy home in Jamaica Plain, or supporting new play development in Boston at Fresh Ink Theatre.

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