Lit Boston: What’s Happening in October?

In the October 2018 edition of "Lit 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.



Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman present Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic

When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00pm; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join bestselling author Alice Hoffman and knitwear designer Lisa Hoffman at the Harvard Book Store for a discussion of their new book, Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic.


Arlington Author Salon: Facing Fears, Pursuing Passions

When: Thursday, October 4th from 7:30pm-9:00pm; 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

October’s reading features author Alysia Abbott (Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father); novelist Lee Hope (HorseFever); and writer Cheryl Suchors (48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains).


Lit Up Gala

When: Thursday, October 11th from 7:00pm-10:00pm; Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, Boston

Join GrubStreet for a night of bookish fun at GrubStreet's annual narrative arts gala! In doing so, you'll support literary access for writers of all ages, backgrounds, and incomes.


Craft on Draft Reading Series: A Writer’s Voice—How to Develop Yours and Your Characters’

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm-9:00pm; Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Voice. It’s what every agent and editor is looking for and what reels readers in. Join authors Belle Brett (Gina in the Floating World), Stephanie Gayle (Idyll Hands) and Brendan Mathews (The World of Tomorrow) as they discuss how they honed their characters’ voices as well as their own.



When: Thursday, October 18th from 6:30pm-9:00pm; Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

TELL-ALL is a quarterly literary performance series celebrating all things memoir. Co-sponsored by GrubStreet and curated by alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, we invite award-winning writers, best-selling authors, and emerging stars to share their first-person stories.


Boston Book Festival

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018; Copley Square

Celebrating the power of words, the Boston Book Festival is New England’s largest literary event. Take part in the street festival, and hear from authors and literary presenters from around the world. This is a free event.


FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series

When: Wednesday, October 17th from 12:30pm-1:15pm; GrubStreet, 162 Boylston St, 5 Floor, Boston

Bring your lunch and come on over to GrubStreet. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises.


YAWP Saturday Sessions

When: Saturday, October 20th from 12:00pm-4:00pm; GrubStreet, 162 Boylston St, 5th Floor, Boston

Come together to geek out on writing/reading while mingling with fellow teen writers over snacks. There's an open mic at the end when reading is optional, and snaps and claps are always welcome. Registration is required.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah at the Harvard Book Store

When: Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00pm; Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome short story writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah for a discussion of his anticipated debut collection, Friday Black.


Speculative Boston presents Julie C. Day, Hillary Monahan, and Paul Tremblay

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm-9:00pm; Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Speculative Boston is a free quarterly reading series for science fiction, fantasy, and horror of all kinds. Join us on October 25th at Trident Books & Cafe in Boston, when our guests will be Julie C. Day, Hillary Monahan, and Paul Tremblay.


Ocean State Writing Conference

When: Thursday, October 25th to Saturday, October 27th; University of Rhode Island Department of English, 114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI

Join craft sessions and panel discussions with Lee Briccetti, Tina Cane, Mira T. Lee, Maria Mutch, Dariel Suarez, and Vikki Warner.


FREE Happy Hour Writing Session

When: Friday, October 26th from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises. Free drinks (beer, coffee, water) and snacks provided.




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


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Sarah "Rah" Sturman is a senior at The American University of Paris, studying Creative Writing and Italian Studies. She fabricates fiction, toys with translation, and has been published in Paris/Atlantic. In her spare time, she creates languages, takes photographs (Instagram: @sarevel), and travels. Her current missions are to find the best French croissants in Boston and the best New York bagels in Paris.

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