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Thank you for being part of Lit Up 2020. Because of generous community members like you, GrubStreet's gala and literary showcase is helping amplify the stories and voices of Black writers and writers of color in Boston.

If you weren't able to catch the livestream program, don't despair! You can still create an account to receive updates after the event, check out video highlights from the program (coming soon!), and donate and bid on exciting items to support Lit Up's fundraising goal! Read more about the expanded Boston Writers of Color Group programming, financial aid, and new teaching and writing opportunities you're making possible at GrubStreet.

The 2020 Lit Up program featured: 

  • Exclusive "behind-the-scenes" with Celeste Ng, our 2020 Grubby Award Winner and bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You.

  • Stand-up comedian and storyteller Bethany Van Delft as emcee - named "Best Comic 2019" by Boston Magazine and regular host and storyteller for The Moth.

  • Special literary performances from members of GrubStreet's community.

  • The chance to bid on exciting items.

  • And the opportunity to give to amplify Black writers and writers of color.


Bethany and Celeste headshots

(Bethany Van Delft (left), Celeste Ng (right)

Host Committee

Jill & David Altshuler
Jayne & Harvey Beker
Jeanne & John Blasberg
Christy & Jay Cashman
Mary & Patrick Connelly
Julie & Sean Dalton
Jill Ellen Karp
Sondra & Norman Levenson
Katrin Schumann & Kevin O'Marah
Sharissa Jones & Daniel Medwed
Novel Incubator Alumni Group
Susan Orlean
Deborah L. Plummer
Katherine Sherbrooke
Chrisann Taras
Sandra & Bob Taylor
Anri Wheeler
Rob Wilstein & Lorri Berenberg

Book Lovers Sponsors

Nirvana Upfitters

Fanclub Sponsors

Porter Square Books
Karen Gruzen

Fangirl Sponsors

Maren Anderson
Michael Ansara & Barney Arnold
Sharon Bridburg
Tina Cassidy
Alexander Chee
Juliet Cuming
Ethan Gilsdorf
Nancy Harrington
Michelle Hoover

Book Worm Sponsors

Michael Blanding
Jenn & Ryan Bouchard
Jennifer De Leon & Adam Stumacher
Jacqueline Fein-Zachary
Bailey & Trevor Fitzgerald
Formaggio Kitchen
Joseph Olson Interiors
Ian & Isabelle Loring
Lynx Fitness Club
Pamela Mason
Liam & Lyndsay O'Reilly
Joyce Peseroff
Rebel Rebel
Rishi Reddi
Julia Rold
Kate Roosevelt
Bonnie Waltch & Paul Rocklin
Linda Woolford
Enrique & Ellen Zuniga

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Grub Street, Inc.
Having trouble registering for this event? Please contact GrubStreet's Development Coordinator, Yeleen Lee.

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