Sunday, April 27th
The Raven's Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe's Boston. 12:00-1:30 PM, The Poe Foundation.
Though Edgar Allan Poe spent less than a year living in Boston, he was intensely engaged throughout his career with the writers and editors he called "Frogpondians." In advance of the installation of a statue honoring Poe next fall, this 90-minute tour explores his connections to Boston, from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845. Sites visited include the likely Poe birthplace, Edgar Allan Poe Square, the grave of Charles Sprague (called the Banker-Poet of Boston), the Frog Pond on Boston Common, and the King's Chapel Burying Ground. The walk will start at Poe Square, 2 Park Plaza, Boston 02116. ($15)
What Was I Thinking? Authors on White Privilege and Racial Identity. 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Community Change Inc.
Who said that exploring racial identity couldn’t be uplifting? Join four local authors who have contemplated the expansiveness of their own white privilege, and are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be white in America. Barbara Beckwith (What Was I Thinking? Reflecting on Everyday Racism), Martha Collins (White Papers), Debby Irving (Waking Up White), and Susan Naimark (The Education of a White Parent) will share their stories, musings and revelations through poetry, essays and memoir. You'll get to discover Boston’s only library specifically devoted to the topics of race and racism, and come away with inspiration for your own writing. People of all racial/ethnic identities and literary persuasions are welcome and encouraged to join us! Suggested donation $5-$20. The event will be held at the Yvonne Pappenheim Library on Racism, Community Change Inc., 14 Beacon St. Suite 605, Boston
Mad libs at PARK: a Night for Lit Lovers hosted by Journal of the Month, 7:00-9:00pm, PARK.
Bring your nouns, verbs, and adjectives to PARK Restaurant and Bar, where you'll improve some of your favorite literary masterpieces in a game of Mad libs. On the drinks menu, you'll find a Little Prince, a Fireside Poet, among other tasty characters, which you can enjoy as you finger through literary magazines. If you bring a gently-loved literary magazine, you can exchange it for a new one!