Publishing and Book Events Calendar – June 2018
Summer’s here and things are heating up in the Boston area—perfect weather for sitting outside with a new book! Mark your calendars for these exciting literary and publishing events in our area.
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3, various times
Poetry readings at the Salem Arts Festival
Downtown Salem, MA 01970
Take the rail or ferry to Salem the first weekend in June to experience this family-friendly celebration of the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, poetry, and more. Throughout the weekend, New England poets will read at the Coffeehouse Stage, and Saturday Evening there’s a poetry slam.
Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 PM
Local author event—plus vodka and kombucha tasting – Distilled Knowledge by Brian Hoefling
Porter Square Books, Cambridge Naturals, and Porter Square Wine and Spirits
25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140
Cocktail instructor Brian Hoefling visits Porter Square Books to answer questions and debunk myths about drinking, along with kombucha and vodka tastings at neighboring businesses. He’ll also be signing his book!
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Local author event and ebook launch – Liberación/Liberasyon/Libertação/解放: Unapologetic Women of Color
PRX Podcast Garage
267 Western Ave., Rear, Boston, MA 02134
The Boston-based visual platform We, Ceremony launches its first ebook featuring three women of color leaders in Boston. Enjoy food, beverages, and a fireside chat.
Saturday, June 9, 7:30 – 11:30 PM
Reader Prom and Book Drive to benefit the Porter Square Books Foundation
George Dilboy VFW (Davis Square)
371 Summer St., Somerville, MA 02144
Dress up, bring your favorite book as your “date,” and dump it at the door—it’ll be donated to the Y2Y Homeless Shelter in Harvard Square. Porter Square Books hosts this first-annual Reader Prom, and it sounds like an event not to be missed! Enjoy free soft drinks and snacks (cash bar), music, dancing, and games.
Tickets are $35-$100 and available at https://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/reader-prom-and-book-drive
Friday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 27
Lesley University’s summer reading series
Marran Theater (Porter Square)
34 Mellen St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Acclaimed poets, authors, playwrights and YA writers will read from their work. All readings are free and open to the public. Full schedule:
Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.
- David Elliott, writing for young people
- Hester Kaplan, fiction
Saturday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.
- Olive Senior, nonfiction
Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.
- Susan Goodman, writing for young people
- Joan Houlihan, poetry
Monday, June 25, 7 p.m.
- Tony Eprile fiction
- Kevin Prufer, poetry
Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
- Mira T. Lee, fiction
- Pam Petro, nonfiction
Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24
Harvard Book Store Summer Warehouse Sale, Weekend One
14 Park St., Somerville, MA 02143
Harvard Book Store’s annual spring cleaning (okay, summer cleaning) allows you inside the popular store’s warehouse location to score deep discounts on thousands of remaindered books.
See an event we missed? Let us know! As part of our mission to support the publishing industry and literature in Boston and beyond, we’ll be featuring a monthly calendar of events on our blog—focusing on local authors, local presses, and topics of interest to the local community. If you’re a publisher, author, bookseller, or organization and you’d like your event to be listed, please contact communications [at] bbboston [dot] org and put “Bookbuilders calendar” in the subject line of your email.