Food Feuds: From Ancient Rome to Southie at Kickstand Cafe

Come to Kickstand Cafe to see novelist CRYSTAL KING with her novel Feast of Sorrow, Top Chef judge BARBARA LYNCH with her memoir Out of Line, and Boston Globe’s food critic Ted Weesner.

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, KING’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

Out of Line describes LYNCH’s remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with colorful characters of the food world, and vividly evokes the magic of creation in the kitchen. It is also a love letter to South Boston and its vanishing culture, governed by Irish Catholic mothers and its own code of honor. Through her story, Lynch explores how the past—both what we strive to escape from and what we remain true to—can strengthen and expand who we are.

This event is free and open to the public.

Craft on Draft presents Getting Emotional: Writing Feelings without the Melodrama

Writing about rage, fear, love, and longing is hard. Too little can leave the reader cold; too much can turn cliché. Join us as authors JEANNE BLASBERG (Eden), RACHEL KADISH (The Weight of Ink), and MIRA T. LEE (Everything Here is Beautiful) discuss the delicate art of conveying emotion.

Want to get in on the action? Submit a page of your own emotion-packed writing (max 250 words). One lucky winner will have their entry read and discussed by the authors, receive a free drink, and have their piece and an interview published on the Dead Darlings blog. Submissions must be emailed to by April 28.