Faye Rapoport DesPres

Some Great Boston-area Readings Coming Up at Pine Manor College

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College has announced its Summer Reading Series, and I thought I’d post the announcement here for those who might be interested. Readings will be held in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, and are FREE and open to the public.

Author’s books will be available for signing, and there is plenty of parking at Pine Manor College! Among those reading are Dennis Lehane, Joy Castro, Steven Huff, and Michael Steinberg — there’s really something for everyone, from poets, memoir authors, and crime writers to authors of young adult fiction.

The full list is below:

Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Young adult and Children’s writer Kashmira Sheth (My Dadima Wears a Sari & Boys Without Names); fiction writer and poet Steven Huff (A Pig In Paris & The Water We Came From); & multi-genre writer Jaime Manrique (Our Lives Are the Rivers & Cervantes Street).

Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Program Director Meg Kearney (Home By Now & The Girl in the Mirror); fiction writer Robert Lopez (Asunder & Part of the World); and young-adult and creative nonfiction writer David Yoo (The Detention Club & The Choke Artist).

Sunday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Nonfiction writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg (founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, author of Still Pitching); special guest Mitali Perkins (Monsoon Summer & Bamboo People); & special guest Joy Castro (Hell or High Water & Island of Bones).

Monday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m.: Assistant Director Tanya Whiton & Graduate Assistant Kimberly Kreines (to be held in the President’s Dining Room).

Monday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Stephanie Elizondo Griest (Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana); poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar (A New Hunger & The Hour Between Dog & Wolf); & fiction writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, & the forthcoming Live By Night).

Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Young-adult writer Laura Williams McCaffrey (Water Shaper & Alia Waking); novelist Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby & Fighting in the Shade); and multi-genre writer Anne-Marie Oomen (Pulling Down the Barn & An American Map: Essays).

Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Amaranth Borsuk (Handiwork, winner of the 2011 Slope Editions Prize); poet Kathleen Aguero (Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth and i); & poet Iain Haley Pollock (Spit Back A Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize).

*Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Special guest Tracie Morris (TDL: To Do w/ John & Rhyme Scheme); special guest Nicole Terez Dutton (If One Of Us Should Fall, winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize ); & State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft Keynote Speaker Stephen Dunn* (What Goes On: Selected and New Poems 1995-2009 & Here and Now: Poems).

*The State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft Keynote Reading by Pulitzer-Prize winner Stephen Dunn is co-sponsored by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.