More recent news from the Boston literati! We have summer reads, book trailers, the end of the world, the expansion of a bookstore, burlesque ballet and more. There has been a lot happening in the greater Boston area, and soon we’ll clue you in on upcoming events as well.
Radio Boston’s summer book picks
Writer Alice Hoffman and Newtonville Books co-owner Mary Cotton shared their picks for summer reading on the WBUR radio program, Radio Boston. Hoffman picked The Leftovers by established Boston favorite Tom Perrotta and four others. Cotton, who herself revealed has written nine young adult novels under a pen name (although she didn’t reveal that name), picked many local emerging writers:
- The Unfinished Life of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier,
- The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey,
- Game of Secrets by Dawn Tripp,
- Three Weeks in December by Audrey Shulman,
- Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff,
- as well as When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood
Cascade was book trailer of the day on Shelf Awareness
Cascade, the debut novel by Boston writer Maryanne O’Hara, has a book trailer that the author created with the help of her brother, Michael Bavaro, a filmmaker who has been nominated for several Emmys. Cascade will be published by Viking Penguin and available Aug. 16.
She is scheduled for a book reading at Brookline Booksmith on Monday, Aug. 20.
One Story issue editor James Scott, who lives in Newton, reports that the latest story to come from the publication that comes out every three weeks is local emerging writer Clare Beams. The two worked together on her story, “World’s End,” for Issue 166.
Read the Q-and-A with Clare Beams and One Story.
Boston’s Trident Booksellers & Café expanding
Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston, “an eclectic fixture on Newbury Street since 1984, will be 50% larger when it spreads out into the second floor of its Back Bay building by September,” the Boston Herald reported. A “brisk weekend brunch business” was cited as the inspiration for the decision to add new seating upstairs with a Newbury Street view, as well as a bar with beer and wine taps.
View video of manager Courtney Flynn, daughter of Trident owners, talk about the evolution of the locale.
— Read more via Shelf Awareness.
- Earlier this month, Shelf Awareness showcased Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Life of Elizabeth D, in its July 11 Book Brahmin series.
- The spring 2012 issue of Redivider, an Emerson College publication, has recently launched online.
- Grub Street founder Eve Bridburg has a Q-and-A with Bublish, a new social book discovery platform for writers. Have you used it? What do you think?
- Ploughshares has published its first Pshares Single, Lady of the Burlesque Ballet by Timothy Schaffert, the inauguration of its e-book forum that’s lengthier than a story or essay.