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Lit Boston: What's Happening in July?

In the July 2020 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.

  

Virtual Event: Charlotte Pence with John Skoyles and Gail Mazur 

Monday, July 6th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Charlotte Pence reads and discusses poems from her collection Code, in conversation with John Skoyles and Gail Mazur. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Stephanie Burt

Monday, July 6th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes celebrated poet and critic Stephanie Burt for a discussion of her latest book, After Callimachus: Poems. She will be joined in conversation by Mark Payne, University of Chicago professor of Classics and author of the book's foreword. RSVP here.

 

WDtS Egleston: El Momento Que Vivimos: Reacciones y Recuerdos

Tuesday, July 7th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

A Free Remote Workshop by GrubStreet’s Write Down the Street Program

Este taller de escritura creativa en español conmemora los eventos históricos, políticos y naturales que forman parte de la memoria colectiva de nuestras patrias. A través de ejercicios de escritura, exploraremos nuestras reacciones y recuerdos del momento que vivimos. RSVP here.

 

GrubStreet’s The Writing to Heal Program Open House & Info Session (Remote)

Tuesday, July 7th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

GrubStreet is offering an informal Q&A session via zoom video conferencing with instructor Jennifer Crystal on Tuesday, July 7th, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, to answer any questions you have about the Writing to Heal Program, including the workload, the application process, what the program does and doesn’t entail, and more. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Rory Power

Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith and Rory Power as they celebrate the launch of Burn Our Bodies Down. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Gail Caldwell

Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Gail Caldwell for a discussion of her latest memoir, Bright Precious Thing. She will be joined in conversation by renowned activist, organizer, and author Gloria Steinem. RSVP here.

 

GrubStreet’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session (Remote)

Wednesday, July 8th at 12:30 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Looking for some virtual midweek writing community? Or do you have a schedule that gives you free afternoons instead of evenings? Join our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via easy to use video conferencing. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: A People's Guide to Greater Boston

Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join co-authors Joseph Nevins, Suren Moodliar, and Eleni Macrakis for a virtual tour of their new book, A People’s Guide to Greater Boston. RSVP here.

 

GrubStreet’s Short Story Incubator Open House & Info Session (Remote)

Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Interested in taking your short fiction to the next level? Join GrubStreet on July 9th for an informal Q&A session on its Short Story Incubator program. Instructor Ron MacLean will be there to answer any questions you have about the Short Story Incubator program. RSVP here.

 

WDtS Mattapan: Black Comics and Sequential Art

Saturday, July 11th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

A Free Remote Workshop by GrubStreet’s Write Down the Street Program

As part of GrubStreet's Write Down the Street community program, writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this class. In this 90-minute drop-in, we’ll discuss comic writers of color, their work and industry experiences, as well as the techniques used to tell a broad array of stories. RSVP here.

 

GrubStreet’s Essay Incubator Open House & Info Session (Remote)

Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Join GrubStreet virtually on July 14th for an informal Q&A session on its Essay Incubator, an eight-month intensive program for writers seeking high-level feedback on their essays, immersion in a community of essay writers, and a leg up on the publishing world. Instructor Ethan Gilsdorf will answer any questions you have about the program. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Launch for 'Inheritors' by Asako Serizawa, with Molly Antopol

Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join author Asako Serizawa and Brookline Booksmith in launching Asako’s debut story collection Inheritors. Asako will be in conversation with Molly Antopol. RSVP here.

 

Online Panel: 2020 Vision – Writing Social Justice for Today

Tuesday, July 14th at 3:00 PM

A Virtual Event by the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College

Author and teacher Sheela Chari will moderate a diverse roster of writers and activists, including Solstice faculty members David Yoo, José Angel Araguz, Iain Haley Pollock, Randall Horton, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich; their writer-in-residence Renée Watson; and guests Shonda Buchanan and Ibtisam Barakat. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Christina Soontornvat and Erin Entrada Kelly in support of Read It Forward

Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30 PM

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a dual event with middle grade authors Christina Soontornvat (A Wish in the Dark) and Newbery award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly (We Dream of Space). RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Zaina Arafat

Friday, July 17th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and GrubStreet welcome debut author Zaina Arafat for a discussion of her new novel You Exist Too Much. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Richard Farrell

Monday, July 20th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a discussion with Richard Farrell about his debut novel The Falling Woman. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Carlos Fonseca and Andrew Martin

Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join the Transnational Literature Series for an evening of fiction with Carlos Fonseca (Natural History) and Andrew Martin (Cool for America: Stories). RSVP here.

 

WDtS Egleston: All of Me: How to Bring Our Full Selves into Our Writing

Wednesdays starting July 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A Free Remote Workshop by GrubStreet’s Write Down the Street Program

As part of GrubStreet's Write Down the Street community program, writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this course. Through identity wheels, dialogue, readings, and writing exercises, we will begin to explore the concept of intersectionality in order to bring our full selves into our writing. RSVP here.

 

GrubStreet’s Happy Hour Writing Session (Remote)

Friday, July 24th at 5:30 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Leave work behind on Friday, July 24th, 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.

 

Virtual Event: In Their Voices: Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories. An Evening with Nicole Chung and Jenny Heijun Wills in Conversation with Mee-ok

Friday, July 24th at 8:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

The Transnational Literature Series welcomes Korean adoptees Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know:  A Memoir) and Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related: A Memoir) in conversation with Mee-ok to discuss identity, belonging, adoption—and writing their stories. RSVP here.

 

Writing for Advocacy Summer Series: Introduction

Monday, July 27th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

In this FREE seminar, we’ll go over key concepts of writing for advocacy. Who is an advocate, and how does an advocate define their goal? What are the different forms of writing for advocacy, and who is the audience for each? What elements must an advocate include in this type of political writing, what should they leave out, and what kinds of unique vocabulary considerations crop up in this context? RSVP here.

 

Virtual Event: Sara Faith Alterman

Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Sara Faith Alterman—essayist, memoirist, and producer of the acclaimed stage show and podcast Mortified—for a discussion of her latest memoir, Let's Never Talk About This Again. She will be joined in conversation by Meredith Goldstein, author of the beloved Boston Globe advice column, Love Letters. RSVP here.

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