Boston Writers Review had been on an unexpected hiatus the last two months! Here are some recent newsworthy items to note.
Boston Book Festival announces keynote speakers, 1C1S
2012’s Boston Book Festival keynote will be delivered by award-winning novelist and short story writer Richard Ford. Ford is best known for his Frank Bascombe novels, including Independence Day, the first novel ever to win both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His latest work, Canada, has been called by Lorrie Moore “a hearty meal of a novel.”
This year’s kids’ keynote will be delivered by the elusive and mysterious Lemony Snicket, author of the wildly popular Series of Unfortunate Events. This October, he’ll be publishing Who Could That Be At This Hour? the first volume of his autobiography, an account that shouldn’t be published, in four volumes that should never be read. Does attending this year’s kids’ keynote require bravery? Or foolhardiness? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
The 2012 One City One Story selection is “The Lobster Mafia Story” by Anna Solomon, originally published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Georgia Review. The story was the recipient of a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Learn more at the Boston Book Festival website.
A Garden Party with Margot Livesey
On June 14, The Common celebrated landscapes and literary legacies with Boston-area author Margot Livesey and A.N. Devers of Writers’ Houses at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. Marta McDowell, landscape historian and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, led tours of the grounds, renewed that week under her direction with the help of spirited volunteers.
Watch the video of Margot Livesey reading at The Common’s Tumblr page.
Literary Death Match at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square
Writers Anne Sanow, Meredith Goldstein and Timothy Gager fought hard but Chip Cheek ultimately won the gold, as determined by judges Jen Hill, DJ Hazard and Sean Sullivan.
- Myfanwy Collins has an interview posted on her website with the Massachusetts Library System.
- The Improper Bostonian and its readership have voted Porter Square Books “The Best Bookstore 2012”. Check out the July 4-24 issue, page 130.
- Kim Savage’s flash, The Fells, won a WBUR/Drum Magazine’s Zip Code Stories contest in June, and you can hear the interview on Soundcloud.
- The Night Circus author Erin Morgenstern had a book-signing at Brookline Booksmith, accompanied by the band Army of Broken Toys. See pics here by photographer Justin Moore:
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