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GrubStreet's annual literary gala Lit Up is going virtual this year and you're invited! Join us Wednesday, October 7th from 7:30pm - 8:15pm to honor literary advocate and novelist Celeste Ng and help amplify the stories and voices of Black writers and writers of color in Boston.

This year's event will be live-streamed online and will feature: 

  • 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)

"Pay What You Will" Tickets

This year's literary fundraiser will be on a "pay what you will" basis. We hope you'll join the party. Your ticket donation of any amount will go directly to:

  • Increased staffing and programs for the Boston Writers of Color Group
  • New writing and teaching fellowships for Black writers
  • Expanded financial aid, with increased awards for Black teen and adult writers.


Read more about the work you're supporting.

Host Committee

David Altshuler
Jeanne & John Blasberg
Christy & Jay Cashman
Patrick Connelly
Julie & Sean Dalton
Jill Ellen Karp
Sondra & Norman Levenson
Katrin Schumann & Kevin O'Marah
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

Nicole Vecchiotti

Fangirl Sponsors

Nan Bewlay
Michael Ansara & Barney Arnold
Tina Cassidy
Juliet Cuming
Henriette Lazaridis

Book Worm Sponsors

Michael Blanding
Jenn Bouchard
Jacqueline Fein-Zachary
Joyce Peseroff
Julia Rold

Hosted By

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

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