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Lit Boston: What's Happening in November?

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In the November 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.

Virtual: Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby, Sacrifice of Darkness

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Being a "Good Enough" Writer is a Brilliant Strategy

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By Katrin Schuman

 

All writers are a crazy mixture of egotistical, manic, single-minded, optimistic on the one hand and sensitive, catastrophizing, scattered and pessimistic on the other - at least all the ones I know. How do we live and produce work in a world filled with such extremes? Especially now when our political and physical reality is so chaotic?

Katrin Schumann

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New Voices in Fiction: Peace Adzo Medie

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Monday, September 14, 2020, at 5:00 PM

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome Peace Adzo Medie — author of Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa for a virtual discussion of her debut novel, His Only Wife. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King: A Novel and The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir. For more details and to register, click here.

 

About His Only Wife

Afi Tekple is a ...

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Reading Novels While Writing Novels: Yes or No?

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I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books. The majority of them seem to be worried about becoming overly influenced by the voice, themes and even plot of the book they're reading.

Personally, I can't imagine not reading fiction for the many years it takes me to complete a novel. And in terms of being influenced: I'm actively looking for inspiration and ideas. I want to be influenced.

Katrin Schumann

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Launching a Book During an Epidemic

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By Katrin Schumann

For those of you reading this who haven't yet published your first book, I'm sure you've dreamed about your book launch. You'll have thought about whether to go big or small, have it at a bookstore, in an event space, bar or library, and who you hope might turn up (maybe even local media!). 

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about launches - both the launch event itself and the "book tour" that happens afterwards. They're a bit like the three martini lunch which used to be common practice and underwritten by your ...

Katrin Schumann

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