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Lit Boston: What's Happening in July?

In the July 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.

 

Novel Generator (Remote) Open House & Info Session

Thursday, July 1st at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

Thinking of applying to the Novel Generator? GrubStreet will host an informal virtual Q&A session with instructor Marjan Kamali on Thursday, July 1st, 6:00-7:00 p.m., to answer any questions you have about the Generator, including the workload, the application process, what the program does and doesn’t entail, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else you have on your mind! Register here.

 

Being a Literary Translator – Three Perspectives

Saturday, July 3rd at 2:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen

Nicky Harman, Jianan Qian and Jack Hargreaves are three translators with very different experiences and practices in translation, who each came to the field in their own way. This hour-long conversation and Q&A will give attendees — whether aspiring or professional translators or simply translation-curious — a behind-the-curtain look at the different ways of becoming and being a literary translator. Register here.

 

P&P Live! Work, Inequality, Gender, and Capitalism in Modern America Panel

Tuesday, July 6th at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: Donation

A Virtual Event by Politics and Prose

Join this panel of authors – Heather Berg, Sarah Jaffe, and Gabriel Winant – to discuss their latest books, all centered around the theme of work, inequality, gender, and modern capitalism. Register here.

 

Dariel Suarez with Marjan Kamali: The Playwright's House

Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $27.95

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as they celebrate the release of The Playwright's House with Dariel Suarez, in conversation with Marjan Kamali. Register here.

 

SocietyX – Poetry Therapy Workshop

Wednesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 2:00PM ET | Workshop Fee: $0

A Virtual Workshop by The SocietyX Community

Explore key poetic terms and devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets and then get a chance to try your own hand at writing new poem drafts from a select number of prompts. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to workshop your poem drafts and get feedback on your work. Register here.

 

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

Wednesday, July 7th at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet

GrubStreet's Writing to Heal Program is an intensive program designed to give nonfiction students a deep dive into how the writing process can serve as a healing tool for adversity and trauma. Thinking of applying? GrubStreet is offering an informal Q&A session via zoom video conferencing with instructor Jennifer Crystal on Wednesday, 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, the schedule, the philosophy behind our approach, and anything else on your mind. Register here.

 

Grubbie Debut: Elizabeth de Veer with Jenna Blum, The Ocean in Winter

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

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet and Porter Square Books

Join GrubStreet student Elizabeth de Veer for the launch of her debut novel, The Ocean in Winter. Elizabeth will be joined in conversation by best-selling author and longtime Grub instructor Jenna Blum. Register here.

 

An Evening with Boston Poets

Thursday, July 8th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $19.95

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Four Boston area poets – Kendra DeColo, Peter Filkins, Danielle Legros Georges, and Peter Shippy – join Brookline Booksmith for an evening of poetry. Register here.

 

Adrian Matejka with Patricia Smith and Phillip B. Williams, Somebody Else Sold the World

Thursday, July 8th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0–$5

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is delighted to present a virtual reading with award-winning poet Adrian Matejka to mark the release of his new collection Somebody Else Sold The World. He will be joined in conversation by Patricia Smith and Phillip B. Williams. Register here.

 

Reading & Conversation: The Prettiest Star, Carter Sickels (w/ Nick White)

Thursday, July 8th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by White Whale Bookstore

White Whale Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Carter Sickels on his virtual tour for the paperback release of The Prettiest Star. Joined by Nick White. Register here.

 

Erosion: Essays of Undoing

Thursday, July 8th at 8:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by ALOUD – A program of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Join ALOUD and award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams, in conversation with Jessica Strand, as she discusses her essay collection Erosion: Essays of Undoing. Register here.

 

Michael Pollan presents This Is Your Mind on Plants

Thursday, July 8th at 8:00PM ET | Event Fee: $33.25

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store

Join Harvard Book Store in welcoming author Michael Pollan as he discusses his latest book, This Is Your Mind on Plants. Register here.

 

The Uncanny and the Unruly: Writing From Personal Archives with Leslie Jamison

Sunday, July 11th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM ET | Workshop Fee: $90

A Virtual Workshop by DISQUIET International Literary Program

It’s easy to think of research as an activity that happens when we write about other people’s lives, or archives as places we visit when we’re writing about people who are famous and/or dead, but the truth is we all have vast personal archives already at our disposal: old diaries, cell phone photos and videos, email and text threads, voice memos. In this craft session, we’ll be discussing how to excavate and activate these personal archives to grant emotional nuance and visceral texture to our writing; to complicate the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Register here.

 

Chris Stuck with Chaya Bhuvaneswar: Give My Love to the Savages

Friday, July 9th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $34.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as author Chris Stuck discusses his story collection Give My Love to the Savages. He will be joined in conversation by author Chaya Bhuvaneswar. Register here.

 

Liv Constantine with Hank Phillippi Ryan: The Stranger in the Mirror

Monday, July 12th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $35.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as they celebrate the release of The Stranger in the Mirror with authors Liv Constantine and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Register here.

 

Erika Engelhaupt in Conversation with Amy Stewart

Tuesday, July 13th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books for a Zoom webinar event with authors Erika Engelhaupt and Amy Stewart (of Miss Kopp fame), as they discuss Erika's book, Gory Details: Adventures From the Dark Side of Science. Register here.

 

Becky Chambers and Martha Wells

Tuesday, July 13th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $50

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith for a conversation with sci-fi authors Becky Chambers and Martha Wells. Register here.

 

Women's Voices and Women's Verses

Tuesday, July 13th at 8:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by The Japan Foundation

Join the Japan Foundation as Yotsumoto Yasuhiro, Moriyama Megumi, and Michele Hutchinson trace the role of female poets from ancient to contemporary Japan. Register here.

 

Free Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series

Wednesday, July 14th at 12:30PM ET | Event Fee: $0

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 GrubStreet’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via Zoom. 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. Register here.

 

Megan Miranda with Jessica Knoll: Such a Quiet Place

Wednesday, July 14th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $26.99 – $35.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as they celebrate the release of Such a Quiet Place, the newest thriller from bestselling author Megan Miranda. Register here.

 

Rendering Culture & Conveying Nuance: How Translators Read Japanese Poetry

Wednesday, July 14th at 8:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation has invited three experienced poetry translators, Yotsumoto Yasuhiro, Rento Takako, and Dr. Janine Beichman, to introduce and explore their individual approaches to Japanese poetry and consider issues in reading and translating this sophisticated but demanding literary form, in an informal roundtable discussion. Register here.

 

Bubble: The Graphic Novel Creator Event

Thursday, July 15th at 8:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $67.99

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as they celebrate Bubble, the imp-hunting, futuristic, story of the gig economy – the graphic novel. They’ll be joined by Jordan Morris, Sarah Morgan, Tony Cliff and Natalie Riess. Register here.

 

Write Down the Street: The B-Story Strikes Back

Saturday, July 17th at 12:00PM ET | Workshop Fee: $0

A Virtual Workshop by GrubStreet’s Write Down the Street Program

Back by popular demand, The B-Story Strikes Back is a repeat of the 2021 Spring online drop-in course where we’ll explore utilization of the B-Story as a way of building the internality of a character, what purposes it serves, how it works with the external A-Story, and how it is similar to and different from subplots. 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 drop-in class. Register here.

 

YA Horror with Alexa Donne and Emily Arsenault

Monday, July 19th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $45

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as they sink into YA horror with Alexa Donne (The Ivies) and Emily Arsenault (When All the Girls Are Sleeping). Register here.

 

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus with Bobby Kim, Love People Use Things

Monday, July 19th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $26

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books

Join Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, hosts of The Minimalists podcast, to discuss their new book, Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works, along with Bobby Kim. The trio will discuss how minimalism makes room to reevaluate and heal the seven essential relationships in our lives: stuff, truth, self, money, values, creativity, and people. Register here.

 

Kevin McIntosh in Conversation with Lisa Borders

Tuesday, July 20th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books as Kevin McIntosh discusses his moving but funny novel Class Dismissed with author Lisa Borders. Register here.

 

Amanda Kabak: Upended

Wednesday, July 21st at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $28.95

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith as author Amanda Kabak discusses her new novel Upended. Register here.

 

Fatimah Asghar in Conversation with Shilpi Suneja

Thursday, July 22nd at 6:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by the Boston Writers of Color (Supported by GrubStreet)

Join the Boston Writers of Color for an evening of discussion with award-winning poet and author of If They Come for Us, Fatimah Asghar. They will be joined in conversation by BWOC member, Novel Incubator alum, and writer Shilpi Suneja. Register here.

 

The Young Writers Initiative's Summer Writeathon

Saturday, July 24th at 10:00AM ET | Event Fee: $0 – $20

A Virtual Event by The Young Writers Initiative

Register for The Young Writers Initiative's Summer Writeathon, a conference packed with educational, craft-based workshops from accomplished writers, writing sprints, prompts, challenges, contests, prizes, giveaways, panels and an exclusive barrage of literary journals that are partnering with us to offer 24-hour submission responses. Register here.

 

Write Down the Street: Building the Climactic Scene

Saturday, July 24th at 12:00PM ET | Workshop Fee: $0

A Virtual Workshop by GrubStreet’s Write Down the Street Program

Building the Climactic Scene is a 90-minute drop-in class where we’ll discuss what the climax does for the story, the many ways we can approach, and what threatens to make a story anti-climactic. 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 drop-in class. Register here.

 

Literary Cocktails with Chantal Tseng - The Mere Wife

Sunday, July 25th at 3:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by the DC Public Library

The DC Public Library’s July Summer Challenge book club is a special discussion and demonstration with Chantal Tseng, mixologist, sommelier, and creator of Cocktails for the End Times. Tseng will lead a conversation about The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley and then share recipes for a cocktail and mocktail to go with the book. Register here.

 

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Wednesday, July 28th at 5:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by The National Arts Club

Join the National Arts Club as author Megha Majumdar shares her national best-selling, debut novel A Burning. Register here.

 

Rob Sedgwick in Conversation with Abby Ellin

Wednesday, July 28th at 7:00PM ET | Event Fee: $0

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books

Join Belmont Books to hear actor and producer Rob Sedgwick discuss his fascinating memoir, Bob Goes to Jail, with author and journalist Abby Ellin. Register here.

 

Free Happy Hour Writing Session

Friday, July 30th 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, July 30th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm, grab a snack and/or your favorite after-work beverage, and log into GrubStreet Remote for some writing! In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises. Register here.

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