I've got a few events coming up later this month that I'm excited about. Join me at one--or all!--of them.
I'll be leading a 30-minute craft talk on writing historical fiction at the main Cambridge Public Library as part of their NanoWriMo Author Insights series.
Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Four Stories is a literary series bridging Greater Boston’s nightlife and arts community (and now Tokyo's, too!). Each event is held in a club, bar, or lounge, and features appearances from some of the most acclaimed authors in the nation, reading their work under a unified theme and answering joke questions from the audience. In this special installment for Lit Crawl, we will be featuring Olivia Kate Cerrone, author of The Hunger Saint, a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily; E. Dolores Johnson, an essayist who focuses on inter-racialism; Whitney Scharer, whose forthcoming debut novel, The Age of Light, is based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller; and Courtney Sender, whose fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, American Short Fiction, and The Georgia Review. So come experience Four Stories. It’s like a nineteenth-century salon ― socializing, witty banter, corsets optional.
Salon Acote 132 Newbury Street
Saturday, October 28th, 11:30-12:15: Boston Book Festival Readings: Coming of Age
Three debut novelists will read from their recently published works, all of which focus on the turbulence and transformation endemic to growing up and coming of age. In Cottonmouths, Kelly J. Ford’s protagonist has a bit rockier journey than most, contending with meth labs, intolerance, and unrequited love following a return to Arkansas after dropping out of college. The title character in Gabe Habash’s novel Stephen Florida is, if anything, too driven by his desire to become an NCAA wrestling champion during his senior year of college. Habash’s novel, according to the Atlantic, “captures how competitiveness and masculinity can unravel those who blindly follow its codes.” And Simeon Marsalis’s As Lie Is to Grin, which was recently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, also uses college as the backdrop for his protagonist’s self-discovery, as he attempts to find his place at the largely white University of Vermont while immersing himself in black literary history. Our host for this session of fiction readings is Whitney Scharer, one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA