Sharing stories is a uniquely powerful way to see and feel from different perspectives, to build empathy and connection. Given the climate of rising hate and intolerance in the world today, we believe it’s important to stand in solidarity with recent immigrants and refugees who are under attack. Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Write-In is a chance to bring people together through the stories we tell.
The Write-In will take place on Friday, May 19, 12:00pm-2:00pm, on the front steps of the Boston Public Library Main Branch. Speakers include AYANNA PRESSLEY, Boston City Councilor-at-Large; JULIE BURROS, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston; EVE BRIDBURG, founder and executive director of GrubStreet; BOYA FARAH, a Somali refugee and writer; and Gazmend Kapllani, an Albanian-born journalist and author of A Short Border Handbook.
The Write-In is a partnership between GrubStreet, Boston Public Library, and Facing History and Ourselves. Co-sponsoring the event are the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston, the City of Boston’s Office of Immigrant Advancement and Office of Arts and Culture, the DRUM, WriteBoston, and the International Institute of New England.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.