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Lit Boston: What's Happening in June?

In the June 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.

 

Curator’s Choice: Trees! 

Tuesday, June 2nd at 12:00 PM

A Virtual Event by the Boston Athenaeum

Turn the leaves (virtually, of course!) of a selection of books from Special Collections that celebrate the natural beauty of trees and wood with Curator of Rare Books & Head of Special Collections Dr. John Buchtel. RSVP here.

 

Vincent Brown presents Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War in conversation with Julian Lucas 

Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store (Crowdcast)

Harvard Book Store welcomes Vincent Brown—Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University and author of The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery—for a discussion of his latest book Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War. He will be joined in conversation by Julian Lucas, associate editor at Cabinet and contributing editor at The Point. RSVP here.

 

Ben Mezrich presents Bitcoin Billionaires in conversation with Kennedy 

Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith and Raising a Reader Massachusetts

Join Brookline Booksmith and Raising a Reader Massachusetts virtually for a conversation with Ben Mezrich, author of Bitcoin Billionaires and The Accidental Billionaires, in conversation with Kennedy from the Karson and Kennedy Show on Mix 104.1! RSVP here.

 

Josh Frank presents Giraffes on Horseback Salad

Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:30 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith and the Jewish Arts Collaborative (Zoom)

Join Brookline Booksmith and the Jewish Arts Collaborative virtually for a conversation with Josh Frank, author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies, In Heaven Everything Is Fine, and, with Black Francis and Steven Appleby, the illustrated novel The Good Inn. RSVP here.

 

Bernice Lerner presents All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen in conversation with Michael Zank

Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store (Crowdcast)

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Bernice Lerner—author of The Triumph of Wounded Souls: Seven Holocaust Survivors' Lives—for a discussion of her latest book, All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. She will be joined in conversation by Michael Zank, professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Boston University. RSVP here.

 

Curator’s Choice: Cameo Conversations: And Inside Look at Fiction, Journalism, and the Mysteries of Both

Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by the Boston Athenaeum

Turn the leaves (virtually, of course!) of a selection of books from Special Collections that celebrate the natural beauty of trees and wood with Curator of Rare Books & Head of Special Collections Dr. John Buchtel. RSVP here.

 

Nina MacLaughlin presents Summer Solstice: An Essay

Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store (Crowdcast)

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes Nina MacLaughlin—author of the acclaimed collection Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung, and the memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter—for a discussion of her latest book Summer Solstice: An Essay. RSVP here.

 

SUBMITAHON! with Jill McDonough

Friday, June 5th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet (Zoom)

GrubStreet is once again partnering with UMass Boston MFA Program's Jill McDonough for SUBMITATHON!—an evening of submitting work in any genre, talking about submitting work, thinking about where to publish your work, answering your questions about submitting work, and then submitting more of your own work. Feel free to have a dinner, a drink, or both during the session! RSVP here.

 

Eric Cervini presents The Deviant's War The Homosexual vs. The United States of America

Friday, June 5th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store (Crowdcast)

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, Boston Pride, and the Boston Public Library welcome award–winning historian Eric Cervini for a discussion of his debut book, The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America. RSVP here.

 

Megha Majumdar presents A Burning: A Novel in conversation with Sue Monk Kidd and moderated by Jordan Pavlin

Monday, June 8th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Harvard Book Store (Crowdcast)

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and GrubStreet welcome debut author Megha Majumdar for a discussion of her novel, A Burning. She will be joined in conversation by Sue Monk Kidd, author of the beloved, bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and The Invention of Wings. Their conversation will be moderated by Jordan Pavlin, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director at Knopf. RSVP here.

 

Porochista Khakpour presents Brown Album in conversation with V. V. Ganeshananthan

Monday, June 8th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Porter Square Books (Crowdcast)

Join Porter Square Books virtually for a reading and conversation with Porochista Khakpour, author of Brown Album, in conversation with V. V. Ganeshananthan! RSVP here.

 

Curator’s Choice: (Anti)Suffrage

Tuesday, June 9th at 12:00 PM

A Virtual Event by the Boston Athenaeum

In celebration and commemoration of PRIDE month, Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture Theo Tyson will explore how Victorian ideas of womanhood - including sexuality and heteronormative, patriarchal standards - played a key role in opponents' arguments against suffrage. RSVP here.

 

Lisa Braxton presents The Talking Drum in conversation with Hallie Ephron

Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Belmont Books (Zoom)

Join Belmont Books as they welcome author Lisa Braxton for a discussion of her novel The Talking Drum. She will be joined in conversation with Hallie Ephron (Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me). RSVP here.

 

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series

Wednesday, June 10th from 12:30pm-1:15pm

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet (Zoom)

Join our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via easy to use video conferencing. Join us on Wednesday, June 10th from 12:30pm-1:15pm. 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. RSVP here.

 

Sonia Shah presents The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move in conversation with Nassim Assefi

Wednesday, June 10th from 12:30pm-1:15pm

A Virtual Event by the Boston Public Library

Join the Boston Public Library for an online talk by Sonia Shah, author of The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, who puts forth the argument that migration isn’t a crisis, but a lifesaving response to environmental change. RSVP here.

 

Anne Raeff presents Only the River in conversation with Michelle Hoover

Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith

Join Brookline Booksmith virtually for a conversation with Anne Raeff, author of Only the River and The Jungle Around Us, in conversation with Michelle Hoover, author of Bottomland. RSVP here.

 

Marianne Leone in conversation with Christopher Castellani 

Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith and Raising a Reader Massachusetts

Join Brookline Booksmith and Raising a Reader Massachusetts virtually for a conversation with actress, screenwriter, and essayist Marianne Leone, in conversation with Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men. RSVP here.

 

Virtual Literary Lunch: Miranda Popkey with Sarah Braunstein

Wednesday, June 17th at 12:00pm

A Virtual Event by the Portland Public Library (Zoom)

Join the Portland Public Library for a virtual literary lunch with Miranda Popkey, author of Topics of Conversation: A Novel, and fellow writer Sarah Braunstein. More details here.

 

Reimagining the American West with C Pam Zhang and Rishi Reddi

Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30 PM

A Virtual Event by Brookline Booksmith (Crowdcast)

Join Brookline Booksmith for an evening of reading and conversation between C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold, and Rishi Reddi, author of Passage West. RSVP here.

 

Beyond The Page: The Murder List

Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00 PM

A Virtual Event by the WGBH Virtual Book Club (Zoom)

Over the course of the next four weeks, WGBH Virtual Book Club encourages you to join them as they devour Hank Phillippi Ryan's novel The Murder List. Register here.

 

Memoir Generator Open House & Info Session

Wednesday, June 24th from 6:00pm-7:00pm

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet (Zoom)

Thinking of applying to the Memoir Generator? GrubStreet will host a virtual informal Q&A session with instructor Michelle Seaton on Wednesday, June 24th, from 6:00-7:00p.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! RSVP here.

 

FREE Happy Hour Writing Session

Friday, June 26th from 5:30pm-6:30pm

A Virtual Event by GrubStreet (Zoom)

Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Join us on June 26th, 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. RSVP here.

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