Lit Boston: What’s Happening in June?

In the June 2018 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 bookish happenings.


Michael Eric Dyson on "Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America"
When: June 6, 7:00-8:00pm; Where: First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed writer and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson for a discussion of his latest book, What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.


Queer Coming of Age Stories: Pride Month at the Boston Public Library
When: June 7, 6:00-7:30pm; Where: Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, BostonJoin Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal GirlMackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez, author of Chulito, with moderator Caroline Linden, for a Pride Month Author Panel at the main branch of the Boston Public Library.


Volunteers Needed! 826 Boston Book Release Party
When: June 13, 6:00-9:00pm; Where: New Academy Estates Uriah, 2918 Washington St, Boston

Students in 826 Boston’s After-School Writing and Tutoring Program have been hard at work on their second book of the year, a collection of stories on the topic of “switching bodies.” Help celebrate their publication by volunteering to lend a hand during the event. Email Richie at [email protected] to sign up.


Writers Without Margins: Writing & Recovery
When: June 18, 6:00-7:45pm; Where: Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library, 690 Washington St, Dorchester

Writing & Recovery: Where storytelling and support meet new possibilities on the page. This workshop is open to writers of all levels, who identify as addicts in recovery, interested in using the craft of creative writing as a tool for self-reflection and/or connection with one another and the world.


Juneteenth at MFA Boston
When: June 20, 5:00-10:00pm; Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston

On the evening of June 20, join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for Juneteenth—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In partnership with the Transformative Culture Project, the night includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art and engaging activities featuring artists from Boston's local creative community, and a free screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Free admission starts at 4pm!


The Edible Page with Grub Instructor & Bestselling Author Jenna Blum
When: June 21, 6:30-8:00pm; Where: Newsfeed Cafe, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St, Boston

Longtime grubbie Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, in conversation with Greg Harris, Founding Editor of Pangyrus literary magazine, about her new book The Lost Family.


Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Summer Readings
When: June 22-27; Where: Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St, Cambridge

Mira T. Lee and Olive Senior will headline this year's Summer Residency Readings. A selection of Lesley MFA faculty will also read from their work in nonfiction, poetry, fiction and writing for young people. These evening readings are free and open to the public. Faculty and visiting writers' books are available for sale after each reading.


Greater Boston Writers Resist/Greater Boston Writers Persist
When: June 23, 1:00-3:00pm; Where: Rabb Hall, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Writers in greater Boston have long addressed political and politicized issues in their work, including racism, police brutality, immigration, environmental activism, LGBTQ discrimination, US involvement in foreign wars, domestic terror, domestic violence, and mass incarceration. Readings will be interspersed with discussion of how these authors have used writing as a method of resistance, and how their work serves as an example of persistent activism.


Harvard Book Store Summer Warehouse Sale
When: Two weekends - June 23-24, June 30-July 1, 10:00am-8:00pm for all four days; Where: Harvard Book Store Warehouse, 14 Park St, Somerville

Come explore thousands of remainders—fiction, cookbooks, children's books, comics, art, history, science—plus rare and unusual used books just waiting to be discovered. What are remainders, you ask? They are bargain books, new books at dramatically discounted prices. Remainders at Harvard Book Store are typically 40-80% off the original list price.


Poetry in the Garden Series
When: June 24, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Where: Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville

This is a series devoted to bring engaging, creative and insightful poetry readings to the community! On June 24th, come enjoy poetry readings by Jennifer Barber, Valerie Duff and Scott Ruescher.



For a full list of everything lit in Boston this month, check out the Boston Literary District's event calendar!


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