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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

GrubStreet Book Club: Exploring the Memoir-in-Essay with "Another Appalachia" by Neema Avashia

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  • $25.00 Non-Member
  • $20.00 Member

Event Description

Are you a writer curious about learning new approaches to craft through published work, or a book lover interested in better understanding the mechanics of narrative and structure? Are you just looking for your next great read? Join us for the first installment of our brand-new GrubStreet Book Club!

Instructor Kristen Paulson-Nguyen will lead participants in a craft-focused discussion of Neema Avashia’s funny, poignant, memoir-in-essays, Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place.

Another Appalachia is an expansive, considered response to the narrowly defined Appalachia of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. We’ll focus on Another Appalachia’s “situation”—or raw material—and its “story”—the argument of the narrative. Attendees can expect to leave with an understanding of situation and story in personal narrative, inspiration to consider their work in these terms, and insight into how Avashia assembled her collection.



About GrubStreet Book Club

Take your love of reading to the next level and read like a writer in GrubStreet's monthly Book Club: a series curated and led by a rotating cast of GrubStreet instructors, featuring thought-provoking deep dives into fiction and nonfiction books through the lens of craft. Whether you're a writer looking for inspiration or simply a lover of literature, our Book Club will deepen your understanding of stories in a community of engaged readers.

Book Club participants can purchase this month's title online from our bookselling partners at Porter Square Books for a 20% discount! (Please note that this discount does not stack with the 10% discount benefit on Porter Square Books purchases for GrubStreet members.) Be sure to enter the coupon code 'GRUBBIECLUB' at checkout.

Tickets include one complimentary drink from the Fabulist Café. We encourage arriving before the session start time to collect your drink and settle in!



Program Format

This program will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.



Covid-19 Update

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

Format/Location

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.