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    Your guide to December’s free virtual literary events.

    Katie Yee

    November 30, 2022, 9:30am

    Winter is coming, and we are not leaving our homes (but still want to attend book events)!


    The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit-Feminist Led Celebration & Discussion
    December 1 @ 7:30pm EST

    To celebrate the publication of Thenmozhi Soundararajan’s new book, The Trauma of Caste, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is hosting a discussion with the writer, to be joined by John Boopalan, Pabitra Dash and Mimi Mondal, and moderated by Dhanya Addanki. You can RSVP here.

    “all swirl and pivot”: A Public Reading of Sonnets
    December 5 @ 6pm EST

    An evening of poetry hosted by Cave Canem! Register for the livestream here.

    Jessica Grose: Screaming on the Inside with Amber Tamblyn
    December 6 @ 7pm EST

    The subtitle of Jessica Grose’s book is “the Unsustainability of American Motherhood.” In it, she dismantles two hundred years of unrealistic parenting expectations. Hosted by Books Are Magic, she’ll be joined in conversation with writer and actor Amber Tamblyn. The event will be available to stream here.

    On Marguerite Duras’ The Easy Life
    December 7 @ 8pm EST

    Translators Emma Ramadan and Olivia Baes have brought Marguerite Duras’ The Easy Life to English readers for the very first time. Join them in conversation with poet and essayist Elissa Gabbert. Co-presented by Third Place Books, Community Bookstore, and the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, this event is free with registration.

    Rupture Tense: Jenny Xie and Chen Chen
    December 9 @ 7pm EST

    Hosted by the Seminary Co-op, National Book Award finalist Jenny Xie is going to be discussing her new book, Rupture Tense, alongside the poet Chen Chen. Register here.

    PEN America Town Hall: Do Publishers Have a Moral Obligation to Diversify American Literature?
    December 13 @ 7pm EST

    How can the publishing industry and literary canon better reflect American society? Do publishers have a moral obligation to diversify the literary landscape? Can we move beyond the long-standing institutional assumption that whiteness is the default? Min Jin Lee, Ayad Akhtar, Roxane Gay, Erroll McDonald, and Suzanne Nossel weigh in. Tune in to the Livestream.

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