Old Dominion University’s 43rd Literary Festival and Boston Book Festival 2020 Open Online in October for Free

2020 is a great year for webinars and complimentary events. Thanks to the generosity of organizations, institutions, and individuals, we have accessed myriad shows, talks, classes, and what have you that were not readily available prior to COVID-19. Also thanks to the internet, the world has become borderless that we can attend events many of us found impossible to do back in the normal days.


43rd Annual ODU Literary Festival

The Old Dominion University is located in the City of Norfolk, Virginia. ODU takes pride in their rigorous academic programs, active civic engagement, and strategic partnerships. The university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing hosts the Annual ODU Literary Festival, which features internationally celebrated authors and artists. Grace and Grit is this year’s festival theme.

The festival is open to the public and many events are free. This year, all events are free and they’re open to the virtual world. It’s going to be held from October 4 to 8, 2020. Attendees just have to click the Zoom links provided here. Check the e-brochure to learn about the guest authors and artists. Follow the ODU Literary Festival’s Facebook page to get updates.


Boston Book Festival 2020

The Boston Book Festival will be held on October 4 to 25, 2020. More than 140 authors and moderators are going to be featured in 55 live and pre-recorded events. You can get the full schedule here. Just click Join Stream to save your spot for a session and follow the easy instructions. Registration is free but you can donate through their website to support their public programs and nonprofit organization.

The festival was founded in 2009. Its aim is to celebrate the power of words through year-round events that culminate in a fest that promotes a culture of reading and ideas, and enhances the vibrancy of the city of Boston. In 2010, One City One Story (1C1S) was inaugurated. The festival chooses a story for 1C1S every year, which is distributed free of charge to create a shared reading experience in the community.


Grace Talusan, Must-Read Filipino Writer Graces Both Festivals

Catch Grace Talusan during the ODU Literary Festival on October 6 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time through this link. Talusan is an award-winning author who is the current Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. The Body Papers, Talusan’s first book, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. It’s also a winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.

Talusan’s short story, The Book of Life and Death, is this year’s Boston Book Festival’s 1C1S selection. The story can be downloaded here. You can find discussion questions and a writing prompt through the link. There’s a Tagalog version of the short story as well. It’s for the first time this year that 1C1S includes a Tagalog translation of their selection. An audio version is coming soon.

The Book of Life and Death will be discussed on October 16, 2020 for One City One Story by Boston Book Festival at 6 to 6:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Join Talusan as she discusses the short story’s themes like migration and belonging. The discussion will be facilitated by Alicia Anstead, Harvard’s Office for the Art’s associate director for programming.


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Aya Ranoco loves to read, travel, and document.

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