Lit Boston: What's Happening in November?

In the November 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.

Tell-All Boston: Fall Kick-Off

Thursday, November 7th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Middlesex Lounge

The second season of Tell-All kicks off with headliner William Dameron, best-selling author of The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing and Coming Out. Doors open 7pm; show begins 7:30pm. Tell-All is a literary performance series celebrating creative nonfiction and personal essay brought to you by GrubStreet and the alumni of the Memoir and Essay Incubators!

Writing Workshop with Enzo Silon Surin at Institute for Contemporary Art

Sunday, November 10th, 10:30am - 12:00pm 

The Institute for Contemporary Art 

Come explore art through writing! Mass Poetry is excited to announce a series of workshops that will center around the ICA’s upcoming migration themed exhibition, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay." Enzo Silon Surin, Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher and social advocate, is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground. He is the recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. 

FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series

Wednesday, November 13th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm

GrubStreet HQ

Bring your lunch and come on over to GrubStreet for 45 packed minutes. You’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises led by Instructor Laura Kiesel. Best of all, you’ll leave lunch with some new ideas to ponder for the rest of your day and beyond. No need to RSVP — just come! Additionally, writer and editor Deborah Norkin will be holding free, 20-minute Editor Hours before and after the session. Bring two copies of up to five pages of your work in progress in any genre. Learn more and sign up here

John Freeman in conversation with Krysten Hill

Wednesday, November 13th, 7:00 pm

Brookline Booksmith

Join us at the Brookline Booksmith for an evening with John Freeman, discussing his new book Dictionary of the Undoing, a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world. He will be joined in conversation with Krysten Hill. 

November Happy Hour Writing Session

Friday, November 15th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

GrubStreet HQ

What's more satisfying than leaving work behind on a Friday afternoon? Rounding out the week with a free writing session, of course! Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises led by Instructor Rani Neutill. Free drinks (beer, wine, coffee, water) and snacks provided. 

Louisa May Alcott’s Boston—Boston by Foot Walking Tour

Saturday, November 16th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Meet In the plaza at School and Washington Streets

Thanks to the fame of Little Women, today’s readers associate Alcott mostly with Concord. In fact, before the author reluctantly agreed to pen Little Women, her contemporary readers associated her prolific writing with Boston. Both before and after the 1868 publication of Little Women, Alcott lived for long periods in Boston and identified strongly with the city’s ethos.

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): FREE Saturday Sessions

Saturday, November 16th, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

GrubStreet HQ

GrubStreet throws its doors open during one Saturday each month, offering FREE creative writing workshops for Boston-area high schoolers. Explore how we can use the melodies of rhythm to enhance storytelling in John Coltrane is to Future: Using Rhythm Within Poetry. Try your hand at writing your own original screenplay in Drama Llamas: Writing for the Stage and Screen. Explore poetry that slams and compose your own work in Slam I Am. All students must register in advance.

Erin Eileen Almond in conversation with Steve Almond at Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, November 20th, 7:00pm

Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome local author Erin Eileen Almond for a discussion of her debut novel, Witches’ Dance. She will be joined in conversation by her husband, bestselling writer and GrubStreet Instructor Steve Almond.

Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series

Wednesday, November 20th, 7:00pm 

Kenmore Classroom Building, Boston University

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist and #Muse20 Keynote Speaker Viet Thanh Nguyen will be speaking at Boston University as part of the Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series. Well-known books include The Sympathizer and The Refugees. Viet will have a Q&A session with the audience and a book signing afterward.

WDtS Egleston: Make Your Own Hand-Bound Journal

Saturday, November 23rd, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

BPL - Egleston Square Branch

This hands-on 90-minute class will walk you through the steps of crafting a unique handmade book. Once you master the art of putting together your own blank journal, your gifting possibilities are endless! Participants will leave with a finished journal, a page of journaling prompts, a pamphlet with instructions, gifting ideas, and a list of essential materials and where to source them. All supplies provided. Write Down the Street programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

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