Lit Up Gala

Thank you for helping us celebrate GrubStreet’s 20th Anniversary!

With nearly 300 generous Grubbies in attendance, last year's Lit Up gala brought together nearly 300 guests for stunning author performances and raised $108,070 toward scholarships and free creative writing workshops. 

More than ever, stories matter. Narrative has the power to build bridges and develop empathy, especially in times of division. With support from individuals like you, writers from all communities can receive the rigorous and supportive craft classes they need to develop and share their stories. Thanks to your generosity, GrubStreet awarded scholarships to nearly 300 students in 2017, more than we've ever funded before. These funds also supported accessible programming such as Write Down the Street, a community-based program that provides free creative writing workshops at local Boston Public Library branches in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

Thank you for helping GrubStreet celebrate its 20th anniversary year and continue to make its programming available to all writers, regardless of their income or background.

Thank you to last year's featured literary stars!

  • Emcee Meghna Chakrabarti, host of Radio Boston on WBUR and Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaborative digital production between WBUR and The New York Times
  • 2017 Grubby Winner, Alice Hoffman, The New York Times best-selling author of FaithfulThe ForetellingThe Marriage of Opposites, and The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  • All-Star 10X2 program, with performances from best-selling authors and star Grubbies:
    • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-at-large
    • Anita Shreve, author of more than a dozen novels, including New York Times best-sellers The Stars Are Fire, The Weight of Water, and Oprah’s Book Club pick The Pilot’s Wife
    • Andre Dubus III, author of Dirty Love, Townie, Oprah Book Club pick and National Book Award finalist House of Sand and Fog, and others
    • Grace Talusan, winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction for her memoir The Body Papers
    • David Goldstein, Novel Incubator program graduate
    • Ann Hood, award-winning author of several works, including the nationally bestselling novel The Red Thread
    • Claudia Inglessis, a 2017 Young Adult Writers Program Summer Fellow and winner of a Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize
    • Marianne Leone, actress, screenplay writer, and author of memoirs Jesse: A Mother’s Story and Ma Speaks Up
    • Mario Alberto Zambrano, professional dancer, fiction writer, and author of Loteria, a Barnes & Noble Great New Pick for 2013 and finalist for the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Award
    • Jorge Vega, author of the graphic novel Gunplay

Thank you to our 2017 Lit Up Hosts and Sponsors!

Host Committee

Jeanne & John Blasberg
Christy & Jay Cashman
Julie & Sean Dalton
Shelly Dickson Carr
Jill & Stephen Karp
Sharissa Jones & Daniel Medwed
Sondra & Norman Levenson
Jeff Mayersohn & Linda Seamonson
Terri-Lynn McCormick & Jack Szostak
Vinay Mehra & Anne Pinto
Novel Incubator Alumni Group
Deborah Plummer Bussey & Michael Bussey
Kathy & Patrick Sherbrooke
Michelle Toth
Rob Wilstein & Lorri Berenberg


Fanclub Sponsors ($1,000)
William Buffett & Susan Kennedy

Fangirl Sponsors ($500)
Elisabeth Carter
Edwin Hill
Jessica Keener
Deborah Norkin
Sophie Powell & Christian Westra
Hillary Hedges Rayport & Jeffrey Rayport
Gail Roberts

In-Kind Donors
Beacon Press
Poets & Writers
Simon & Schuster
WW Norton

Are you interested in hosting or sponsoring Lit Up?

Check out our sponsorship opportunities from 2017 and contact for more information.

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