Thursday, June 1
MiniLuxe Back Bay
31 Newbury St., Boston
With apologies to Shelley: if spring comes, can wedding season be far behind? We all know the clichés around marriage—eternal bliss, soul mates, happily ever after—but these leave out the real stuff, the day-to-day experience of being and staying married. There will be fights, there will be angst, there may even be affairs. Sometimes you’ll look at your dearly beloved and feel nothing but rage. Two writers offer their insights into what keeps a marriage running. Inspired by her wildly popular New York Times Modern Love essay “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give,” Ada Calhoun offers an insightful and humorous collection of essays of the same name on the art of staying married. She’ll be in conversation with Meredith Goldstein, the advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe. Her advice column, Love Letters, is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that has been running online and in the paper for eight years. The event will be moderated by Alysia Abbott, director of the Boston Literary District.
And, just in time for wedding season, our hosts at MiniLuxe’s new location on Newbury Street are offering attendees complimentary nail color touchups or brow shaping, as well as snacks and a champagne toast to add to the celebratory atmosphere. The event is cosponsored by the Boston Book Festival and the Boston Literary District and supported by Rafanelli Events and media sponsor 90.9 WBUR.
Tickets are $15.
Ada Calhoun is the author of two recently published nonfiction books: Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give and St. Marks Is Dead, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Pick, Amazon Book of the Month, and one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Boston Globe, Orlando Weekly, and the Village Voice.
Meredith Goldstein is a columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe. Her advice column, Love Letters, is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that has been running online and in the paper for eight years. In 2018 she’ll release two books: Am I Doing It Wrong, a memoir about writing an advice column, and Chemistry Lessons, a young adult novel about a young woman who tries to use science to manipulate her love life. Her first novel, The Singles (2012), was about a group of dateless guests at a wedding.
Alysia Abbott is the director of the Boston Literary District, founded in 2014 to raise the profile of Boston as a literary destination and to increase participation in the literary arts. In 2013, she published Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a winner of the ALA Stonewall Award, and the Madame Figaro Prix Heroine.