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Lit Hits: What We're Reading in February

Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.

 

Literary Cultural District Coordinator Larry is reading M Train by Patti Smith. Though not as linearly narrative as Just Kids, another book by Smith that he read last month, is it lyrical and very moving. 

February 8, 2016 | Grub Daily

Inspiration Reading

How to Successfully Screw Up Your Search for a Literary Agent

By Katrin Schumann

There’s so much helpful information out there about getting an agent. Spend a few hours trawling sites and you’ll have a good sense of the do’s and don’ts. But there’s enough conflicting advice that at some point you're likely to start fretting or freaking out about your approach. So I thought I’d make it easier for everyone by explaining it the other way round: How to fail.

February 3, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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Best of the Web 2/1/16

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.

 

In this LitHub essay on his years in the military, Michael J. Hefti reflects on the difficulty of writing a soldier's narrative when his own use of language is so disconnected from the civilian's. 

February 1, 2016 | Grub Daily

Best of Boston: What's Happening in February?

Welcome to the inaugural Best of Boston, a monthly compilation of all the can't-miss literary goings-on around the city. Take a gander at the hottest readings, signings, and assorted lit events to add to your calendar for February. 

January 28, 2016 | Grub Daily

Sound Quality: Tana French's In the Woods

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

Part II: "A Haunted, Dream-like Mood": A sentence from Tana French's In the Woods

January 27, 2016 | Henriette Lazaridis

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