Tell-All Boston with Calvin Hennick at Porter Square Books

Tell-All Six, with special guest Calvin Hennick, author of the forthcoming memoir “Once More to the Rodeo,” at our new event location, Porter Square Books in Cambridge.

Tell-All Boston is Real Stories Read Live. We are Boston’s only live-on-stage literary reading series dedicated to the art and craft of memoir. Award-winning writers, best-selling authors, and emerging stars share first-person stories that make meaning from lived experience. Our goal is to foster a community of honesty and discovery, through the power of memoir.

Calvin will be signing copies of his memoir following the program. Additional featured readers to be announced on our website,

Tell-All Boston is brought to you by GrubStreet and curated by alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator.

Best Small Fictions Boston Reading and Launch at Newtonville Books

Celebrate the release of the 2019 edition of The Best Small Fictions, with readings by Chaya Bhuvaneswar, DeMisty Bellinger, Zoë Gadegbeku and Maggie Cooper.

The Best Small Fictions anthology, now in its fifth year, presents one hundred and forty-­six pristinely crafted pieces from an array of authors representing twenty-­six nations and six continents. These short, elliptical works are varied and edgy, sorrowful and triumphant, provocative and visionary. With each story brief enough to savor at a stoplight or quick coffee break, the tales contained within 2019’s The Best Small Fictions promise to leave a mark.

Writers Helping Writers Reading & Raffle at Arts at the Armory

The Writers Helping Writers READING & RAFFLE is a free event to support the WHW need-based scholarship fund. Food and drink will be available. Donations are welcome. Supported by writers & friends of the arts community, this scholarship fund helps writers make their dream of pursuing a graduate degree at the Solstice Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA Program of Pine Manor College a reality!

Raffle prizes include: Signed Books, Writing Critiques, and Gift Cards


Solstice Student: Rebecca Connors

Solstice Alum: Eileen Cleary

Solstice Alum: Jonathan Todd

Solstice Advisory Board Member: Lee Hope

A Night in with Joyful Clemantine Wamariya

Join Read4Refugees (in collaboration with the Girls’ Night In Boston Community) for a night in to raise money for refugees.

Wear your best pajamas, bring a book to swap, and get ready to cozy up with other compassionate booklovers. The event will run from 7 – 9pm and feature a virtual reading and Q&A from the incredible author and human rights activist, Clemantine Wamariya.

Joyful Clemantine Wamariya is an internationally renowned speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and an accomplished human rights advocate. Her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads debuted with Crown Publishing in April 2018 and is published in 7 languages and dozens of countries. Clemantine received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2014 and built her career as “a compelling storyteller and fierce advocate” (Amy Poehler). Clemantine has appeared four times as a guest on The Oprah Show and was appointed by President Obama in 2016 to serve on the board of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

All proceeds from this event will support RefugePoint, an award-winning organization that brings critical resources to people on the front lines of the refugee crisis. The Read4Refugees campaign supports highly vulnerable refugees who are often overlooked by traditional forms of humanitarian aid; refugees who have spent almost 20 years in a country of asylum, the chronically ill, LGBTQI individuals, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children.

This event is ticketed, while the suggested donation is $30 we encourage you to pay what you can!

Tell-All Boston, Fifth Edition at Middlesex Lounge

The Fifth Edition of Tell-All Boston takes place Nov. 7 at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. Special guest William Dameron, author of “The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out.” Doors open 7pm; show begins 7:30pm. Featured readers to be announced. Tell-All is a literary performance series celebrating creative nonfiction and personal essay brought to you by GrubStreet and the alumni of the Memoir and Essay Incubators. For more information visit


Arlington Author Salon: Risking it All at Kickstand Cafe

The Arlington Author Salon is a free reading series with a twist: each author’s presentation includes something special to tickle the senses. Music, paintings, photographs, tasty treats, fabrics, even smells! Let yourself be transported with an immersive, literary experience. October’s event features the theme: Risking it All with authors Susan Kaplan Carlton (In the Neighborhood of True),  Erika Ferencik (Into the Jungle), and Lindsay Hatton (Monterey Bay). An author Q&A follows the reading and books are typically available for sale on site thanks to the Book Rack in Arlington.

Transnational Series Presents: Grace Talusan and ‘The Body Papers’

The Transnational Literature Series Presents Immigrant Prize Winner Grace Talusan.

The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing began in 2016 as a response to rising xenophobic trends. The Prize celebrates immigrants’ contributions to culture by awarding $10,000 and publication to a debut work by a first-generation immigrant, alternating yearly between fiction and nonfiction. Join the first nonfiction winner of the Immigrant Writing Prize, Grace Talusan, with both Prize judges, Anjali Singh and Ilan Stavans, as they discuss Grace’s brave and searching memoir, The Body Papers, on May 23rd as part of Brookline Booksmith’s Transnational Literature Series.

Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University for 2019-2021. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.

The Body Papers begins when a young Grace Talusan arrives in a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather’s nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family’s legal status in the country has always hung by a thread—for a time, they were “illegal.” Family, she’s told, must be put first.

The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. Later, she learns that her family history is threaded with violence and abuse. And she discovers another devastating family thread: cancer. In her thirties, Talusan must decide whether to undergo preventive surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries. Despite all this, she finds love, and success as a teacher. On a fellowship, Talusan and her husband return to the Philippines, where she revisits her family’s ancestral home and tries to reclaim a lost piece of herself.

Not every family legacy is destructive. From her parents, Talusan has learned to tell stories in order to continue. The generosity of spirit and literary acuity of this debut memoir are a testament to her determination and resilience. In excavating such abuse and trauma, and supplementing her story with government documents, medical records, and family photos, Talusan gives voice to unspeakable experience, and shines a light of hope into the darkness.

Grace will be in conversation with Anjali Singh and Ilan Stavans, judges for the Restless Books Immigrant Prize in Nonfiction.

Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, and Saleem Haddad. Some of her editorial non-fiction projects include Baz Dreisinger’s Incarceration Nations, Diana Abu-Jaber’s The Language of Baklava, Kathy Rich’s Dreaming in Hindi, Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India, Nuha al-Radi’s Baghdad Diaries, and Igort’s The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks. She is currenly a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary, where she recently sold the YA graphic novel, Jabs by Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir, the coming-of-age story of a Muslim-American girl, to Dial Books for Young Readers. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed Words, Spanglish, Dictionary DaysThe Disappearance, and A Critic’s Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected StoriesThe Poetry of Pablo Neruda, among dozens of other volumes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chile’s Presidential Medal, the International Latino Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans’s work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. A cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and Dublin, he is the host of the NPR podcast “In Contrast.”

Story Club Boston

Story Club Boston, a storytelling/reading series, presents our next show with the theme: Brand Spanking New. Come hear great, sometimes hilarious storytellers tell first-person, true tales on the theme from: Nate Shu, Liz Estey, Nick Martucci, and Kim Koontz. And bring your own 5-minute true tale on the theme “Brand Spanking New” for our open mic. Stories can be told from memory or from the page. You could win a special prize!

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet–Boston Launch

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and writing instructor TRACY STRAUSS for a discussion of her latest book, I Just Haven’t Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life.

About I Just Haven’t Met You Yet

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet details Tracy Strauss’s dating history and her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive past, break free of destructive relationship patterns, and ultimately conquer her fear of truly being seen by the world, flaws and all. The author shares the transformative lessons she learned and self-empowerment she achieved while passing each hurdle along the way to finding the love of her life.

Tracy Strauss helps readers empower themselves by taking a challenging look at the ways the negative events of their lives, including sexual harassment and abuse, have shaped their self-perception and created obstacles to personal success, and how readers can change that troubled self-image along with their (love) lives.

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a modern-day journey of the heart. It is a story about taking big risks, changing old habits and beliefs about dating, and speaking back to the naysayers, especially that internal critic, the inner love saboteur. It is a prime mover and the only epistolary memoir cum dating/relationship essay book of its kind.


“Tracy Strauss answers the dreaded question “How are you still single?” with a narrative that’s funny, relatable, genuine, thought-provoking, and universal. She’s written more than just a book about dating; I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a narrative about a person’s need to be seen—and understood.” —Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe love letters advice columnist

“Tracy Strauss will break your heart. I defy you to put down this disarmingly charming book. A wry narrative turns in and out of light and deep shadow as if she were dancing. Utterly, beautifully honest. It reaches great heights and will make you wish she had always been your friend.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

“In I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Tracy Strauss reminds us of the power of words and memory and honesty and—most of all—the power of hope. This book has one of my favorite last lines that I’ve read in a long time. But don’t cheat and peek at it. Read every single one that comes before it so that when you reach the end, like me you’ll be smiling and crying in equal measure.” —Ann Hood, bestselling author of The Knitting Circle

A Poetry Reading with Martha Collins + Crystal Williams

Martha Collins has published nine collections of poetry and is the founder of the Creative Writing Program at UMass Boston, and Crystal Williams has published four collections of poetry – the third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize.