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Thursday, October 26 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Lit Crawl: GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith Present Literary Balderdash

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GrubStreet and Brookline Booksmith present Literary Balderdash, a game show where all-star writers Marianne Leone, Stephen McCauley, Tom Perrotta, and Val Wang compete with the audience to rewrite works of literature and events in literary history. Hosted by Christopher Castellani.

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author and educator. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His novels include A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book... Read More →
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Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress and author known in particular for her role on the hit HBO television series The Sopranos. As an author, Leone has recounted the love and difficulties in her own Italian family in two memoirs, Jesse and Ma Speaks Up. The first is about her son, Jesse, who had severe cerebral palsy, was a quadriplegic who was unable to speak, and passed away suddenly at the age of seventeen. Ma Speaks Up is a memoir of... Read More →
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Stephen McCauley

Stephen McCauley is a Cambridge-based award-winning author of four novels and numerous short stories, articles and essays.
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Tom Perrotta

Novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta was born in New Jersey and grew up playing baseball and football. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Syracuse University. He published his first book, the short story collection Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies, in 1994. The Wishbones, a comedic tale of a New Jersey wedding band, followed in 1997. In 1999 Perrotta published Election, several months before the film version, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, was released. Election was followed by Joe College in 2000, Little Children in 2004, The Abstinence Teacher in 2007, and The Leftovers in 2011. Little Children was adapted into a film; Perrotta cowrote the... Read More →
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Val Wang

Val Wang is an author of the memoir Beijing Bastard and a multimedia storyteller interested in the intersection between the personal and the global.

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Boston Literary District

Established in 2014, The Boston Literary District is the first cultural district in the United States dedicated to letters. Our mission is to work with local writers, educational and literary organizations to raise the profile of Boston as a literary city and to increase particip... Read More →
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Brookline Booksmith

Brookline Booksmith, located in the heart of Coolidge Corner, is Brookline's premier independent bookstore & more since 1961.
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GrubStreet, now in its 20th year, is a literary non-profit dedicated to making writers better writers, building literary careers, and creating audience for good work.
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Originally hatched in a San Francisco pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in Golden Gate Park. Founding writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that book lovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word. | | In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. In 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Brooks Brothers 46 Newbury Street, Boston, 02116