Events

The calendar below reflects Trident’s public events. For information about hosting a private event at Trident head over to our Private Functions page.

May
1
Mon
Doree Shafrir and Joanna Rakoff
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join author Doree Shafrir, author of Startup, in convesration with Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year. 

About Startup: 

STARTUP is set in the heart of New York City’s tech industry, where 36 is considered past your prime and a pole-dancing workshop is an acceptable Thursday evening activity with your co-workers. A veteran online journalist, Doree has written a hilarious and sharply observed novel about the difficulties of real-life connection in our hyper-connected world.

STARTUP assembles a cast of indelible characters: Mack, the it-boy visionary of the moment trying to take his app to the next level; Isabel, a social media hero working for him a bit too closely; Katya, an ambitious Russian émigré journalist desperate for a scoop; and Sabrina, an exhausted mother of two whose inattentive husband happens to be Katya’s boss. When a scandal erupts in the lower Manhattan loft building where all four work, they quickly discover just how small a world the Big Apple’s tech community can be.

A senior culture writer at BuzzFeed, Doree was inspired to write this novel by the follies and foibles of the startup world, and also in part by some of the scandals that plagued the tech industry in the last few years. Camille Perri, author of The Assistants, notes STARTUP “is chock-full of strong women transcending the workplace drama, sexual politics, and all-around dumb stuff the men in their life are doing. It’s a novel that just might spark the official feministing of startup culture.”

Doree Shafrir has also been on staff at Rolling Stone, the New York Observer, Gawker, and Philadelphia Weekly, and has contributed to publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, The Awl, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, and Wired. She grew up outside of Boston, lived in New York for nine years, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster.

Joanna Rakoff is the author of the novel A Fortunate Age and the bestselling memoir My Salinger Year. She writes for The New York Times, Vogue, and many other publications.

Stephen Tobolowsky at Vilna Shul
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stephen Tobolowsky at Vilna Shul

Join us at Vilna Shul for a discussion with Stephen Tobolowsky about his new book, Adventures with God.

May
2
Tue
Local Girl, Barbara Sapienza, Returns Home to Launch Anchor Out
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Boston local Barbara Sapienza for the launch of her forthcoming novel, Anchor Out. 

In Anchor Out: A Novel (She Writes Press | April 25th, 2016 | $16.95), sixty-year-old Frances Pia lives alone on a thirty-foot sailboat anchored near Sausalito, Ca., where she communes with the fog, sea lions, cormorants, and two sailor friends, Otto and Russell. She performs random acts of public defacement—painting drainpipes, public restrooms, and murals on the sides of houses—which she believes are beautification projects, and struggles with bouts of depression and mania.

Though somewhat of a nutcase, Frances wasn’t always this way. She was once a Catholic nun with a sister, Anne, who loved her dearly. But then she slept with her brother-in-law, Greg. Ashamed and pregnant, she fled, leaving Anne, her art, and her vocation behind. When she also lost her baby, Nicola, in a freak accident, she lost faith in God and became a keeper of sorrows.

Through a series of mis-adventures, including bouts with the cops and the sea, Frances opens her heart to love for the first time in years—and begins to really paint the town, redeeming herself with Anne and freeing herself from her guilt over Nicola’s death along the way.

Barbara Sapienza is a retired clinical psychologist who practiced in San Francisco. At sixty-six she enrolled in the graduate program in Creative Writing at SFSU. She writes, paints, dances, practices taiji and meditation, and volunteers in a school program in Marin City. She lives in Sausalito with her husband and enjoys her granddaughters, Milla and Isa. 

May
3
Wed
How to Teach Shakespeare to Children at the Boston Public Library
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How to Teach Shakespeare to Children at the Boston Public Library

Ken Ludwig is the winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014, How to Teach Shakespeare to Children. Ken Ludwig provides the tools to help children understand, and love, Shakespeare’s works. Ludwig’s plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages, and have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company with performances by Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, and Kristin Bell. He’ll be at the BPL giving a talk about his book.

Crystal King
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join local author Crystal King for a reading from and signing of her new book, Feast of Sorrow, a historical novel about the world’s first foodie.

About the Book: 

Set amongst the scandal, wealth and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine foods from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome’s leading epicure.

Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’ help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals, while Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’ household, his daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia whom Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome.

May
4
Thu
America, We Need to Talk with Joel Berg
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join author Joel Berg for a discussion of current affairs and his new book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation. 

About the Book: 

How did we get here, America? How did our relationship get so broken? And where do we go now? Starting with the premise that Americans’ most important relationship is with their nation, Joel Berg’s second book, America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction, the book dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader roadmap for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.

As an acclaimed author, a frequent voice in the national media, and the outspoken CEO of the nonprofit group Hunger Free America,Joel Berg is a respected international leader in the fields of hunger, poverty, food, and US politics. Through his biting critique, clear-headed prescriptions, and amusing charts—this book shows how average Joes and Janes can channel their anger at our hobbled government into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, make our economy work for everyone, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom, diversity, and hope. The American people are in it for the long haul, and, as in all relationships, both sides must recognize their issues and work together to fix them. This book will do more than offer comfort for sobbing progressives—it will show the path to redemption.

 

May
5
Fri
Trivia
May 5 @ 8:30 pm
Trivia

First prize: $35 gift card to the Trident!

Teams can be up to 6 people. This is none of that Stump stuff: Trivia questions are ORIGINAL Max creations every Friday night!

May
9
Tue
YA Book Club – The Start of Me and You
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in discussing The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. Earn a stamp in your YA passport for attending and get 20% off the paperback of The Start of Me and You when you buy it in the store.

It’s been two years since it happened–when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her–the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club–simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics, The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

About the Author: 

Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer. She lives in Ohio with a scientist, a blind beagle, and a spaniel named Winston Churchill. Visit her online at www.emerylord.com and on Twitter @emerylord.

May
10
Wed
Party Girls Die in Pearls at the Burberry Store
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Party Girls Die in Pearls at the Burberry Store

The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery set in the tony world of Oxford University.

It’s 1985, and at Oxford University, Pimm’s, punting, and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books in gilded libraries—and, if she’s lucky, an invitation to a ball.

But when she discovers a glamorous classmate on a chaise longue with her throat cut, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation.

Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula enlists the help of trend-setting American exchange student Nancy Feingold to unravel the case. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloane Rangers, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent—and Ursula’s investigations mean that she may be next on the murderer’s list.

Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society and low morals, the first book in Plum Sykes’ irresistible new series.

SHOT: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Kathy Shorr, author of Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America, as well as a panel of survivors featured in the book.

About the Book: 

Photographic documentary of 101 shooting survivors from across the US. All races, many ethnicities, ages 8-80 from high & low profile shootings photographed where they were shot. (most survivors) The book is not meant to be divisive; many gun owners include an NRA member are part of the project.

May
12
Fri
Trivia
May 12 @ 8:30 pm
Trivia

First prize: $35 gift card to the Trident!

Teams can be up to 6 people. This is none of that Stump stuff: Trivia questions are ORIGINAL Max creations every Friday night!

May
15
Mon
The Great British Bake Off Murder Mystery
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Trouble’s afoot in the tent. A star baker has been battered, and everyone’s a suspect–even Mary Cherry and Paul Bollywood. With the police loafing around and the whole set in a pitta despair, it’s up to you to crack this case as tough as an overcooked biscuit and see the murderer is toast. The show cannoli go on with the perp behind bars!

But tread carefully–wouldn’t want to get a rise out of a murderer or it might be you who gets ganached next!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Ticket includes a meal of delicious baked goods presented on the gingham altar, as well as gameplay.

Only 30 tickets available and this event is a guaranteed sell out! Get your tickets before they’re gone!

*Note: there are two nights of this event, but they are both the same mystery! Only sign up for one.*

May
16
Tue
Stories from the Shadows at the Boston Public Library
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stories from the Shadows at the Boston Public Library

Join author Dr. Jim O’Connell’s at the Boston Public Library for a discussion of his book, Stories from the Shadows. Dr. O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.

The Lesbian Informant Who Helped Bring Down the Communist Party Discussion and Signing
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Join us for a reading and discussion with Lisa Davis, author of Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party. Lisa E. Davis will speak to the audience about Angela’s legacy, the role of women in the FBI then and now, and Angela’s role in the history of the Red Scare.

About the Book:

At the height of the Red Scare, Angela Calomiris was a paid FBI informant inside the American Communist Party. As a Greenwich Village photographer, Calomiris spied on the New York Photo League, pioneers in documentary photography. While local Party officials may have had their suspicions about her sexuality, her apparent dedication to the cause won them over.

When Calomiris testified for the prosecution at the 1949 Smith Act trial of the Party’s National Board, her identity as an informant (but not as a lesbian) was revealed. More than 100 Party leaders were sent to prison and decimated the ranks of the Communist Party in the US.

Undercover Girl is both a new chapter in Cold War history and an intimate look at the relationship between the FBI and one of its paid informants. Ambitious and sometimes ruthless, Calomiris defied convention in her quest for celebrity.

About the Author: 

Lisa E. Davis has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and loves to write about it. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, Davis taught for years at SUNY and CUNY, published numerous essays, and lectured widely on New World and European literary topics. Her novel Under the Mink, a film noir tale of gay and lesbian entertainers in mob-owned Village nightclubs of the 1940s, was re-issued in 2015 to considerable acclaim. Her LGBTQ-themed short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various domestic and foreign anthologies and periodicals.

May
18
Thu
YA Passport with Ashley Herring Blake, Katie Cotugno, and Emery Lord
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The final reading in our spring YA Passport series brings authors Ashley Herring Blake (How to Make a Wish), Katie Cotugno (Fireworks), and Emery Lord (The Names they Gave Us) in conversation with each other.

About the Book: 

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

About the Author: 

Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She’s the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE and HOW TO MAKE A WISH.
About the Book: 
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

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About the Author:

Katie Cotugno is the New York Times Bestselling author of 99 DAYS and HOW TO LOVE, both available from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, as well as FIREWORKS, forthcoming in 2017. She studied Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in Fiction at Lesley University. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others. The great loves of her life include child’s pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom.
About the Book: 
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?
About the Author:
Emery Lord is a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes fluttery and so painfully awkward you could implode. She lives in Cincinnati in a 100 year-old pink row house with a scientist, a one-eyed beagle, and a dog named Winston Churchill. OPEN ROAD SUMMER and THE START OF ME & YOU, and WHEN WE COLLIDED are out now with Bloomsbury.