Writers in greater Boston have long addressed political and politicized issues in their work, including racism, police brutality, immigration, environmental activism, LGBTQ discrimination, US involvement in foreign wars, domestic terror, domestic violence, and mass incarceration. Readings will be interspersed with discussion of how these authors have used writing as a method of resistance, and how their work serves as an example of persistent activism.
Presented by Aforementioned Productions. Co-sponsors include PEN America, The Boston Cultural Council, Brookline Booksmith, AGNI, Arrowsmith Press, The Common, Consequence, The Massachusetts Review, Salamander, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Louder than a Bomb/Mass LEAP, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and many others.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.