Lit Crawl Boston 2021 Lit Crawl Boston 2021

The Art of (Writing About) Reading


Kim Adrian’s most recent book, Dear Knausgaard, is part of a series that aims to “reinvent literary criticism.” Her memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, is a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist. She is the editor of The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, an anthology praised by The Millions as providing “a sense of hope about literature and its capacity for evolution and change.” 

Adam Colman has written for The Believer, KCRW and McSweeney's Organist podcast, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. His book on the origins of the addiction aesthetic is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. He is the author of New Uses for Failure, part of Fiction Advocate’s Afterwords Series. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

Alden Jones is the author, most recently, of the hybrid memoir The Wanting Was a Wilderness, a current Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, won the New American Fiction Prize and was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and her memoir The Blind Masseuse was named a notable travel book by National Geographic, Publishers Weekly, PEN America, and the Huffington Post. She is the winner of a 2021 Whiting Foundation Fellowship to support research in Cambodia and Vietnam, where part of her next book is set. She is core faculty in the Newport MFA, and also teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College in Boston.

Kim McLarin is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels and several books of nonfiction, including the essay collection Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love. McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, and is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College.


Bibliomemoir has been described by Joyce Carol Oates as “a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate, confessional tone of autobiography.” Put another way, bibliomemoir approaches critical analysis from a personal perspective, removing the glaze of pretension so often found in conventional criticism, and instead examining the act of reading and interpretation as closely as it examines the text itself. In this panel, four writers (Kim AdrianAdam ColmanAlden Jones, and Kim McLarin) of creative critical texts on books by James Baldwin, Cheryl Strayed, Ben Lerner, and Karl Ove Knausgaard discuss their work and this wonderfully elastic, exploratory genre.

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required