Devina Bhalla is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore majoring in sociology and English. Devina can be reached at [email protected]

Despite virtual format, Boston Book Festival lineup to provide powerful content

The festival will take place online from October 5-25, with programming that includes over 55 live and pre-recorded sessions, and 142 presenters and moderators from 21 US states, the District of Columbia and the UK and Kenya. 

‘Vanguard’: A history of Black women’s power

On the day of its publication, author Martha S. Jones, joined by Nikole Hannah-Jones, discussed her new book “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All” (2020) in a Harvard Book Store virtual event on Sept. 8.

Survival of the independent bookstore

Independent bookstores, like most small local shops, faced an increased challenge because of COVID-19. Many independent bookstores rely on local foot traffic and events to bring people into the store and stay open, so they had to find new ways to reach customers and engage their communities. Bookstores turned to phone and online orders, curbside […]

From the Arts Editors: Our quarantine consumption

To be more deliberate with my time and help diversify my literary world, I committed to only reading authors of color during my quarantine time and throughout 2020. I first read April Sinclair’s “Coffee Will Make You Black” (1994) and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” (1965). Two very different books, but both so important to […]

Tufts alumna Grace Talusan wins Boston Book Festival’s One City One Story

The Boston Book Festival (BBF) named Tufts alumna Grace Talusan (LA ’94) as its One City One Story contest winner for 2020 for her piece of short fiction “The Book of Life and Death” (2007, 2020). The One City One Story winner is traditionally a key part of the festival and will be this year […]

Exciting book releases for month of March

March 2020 brings an exciting array of new books. Here are eight of the most anticipated books of 2020 that launch this month. “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride “Deacon King Kong” is James McBride’s first novel after his award-winning work “The Good Lord Bird” (2013). This book dives into a Brooklyn community when a […]

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated collection ‘Postcolonial Love Poem’

Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated second collection of poetry, entitled “Postcolonial Love Poem” (2020), was released on March 3. Diaz is a Mojave American poet, and her debut poetry collection, titled “When My Brother Was an Aztec,” was published in 2012. Diaz is also an educator and activist, along with being a former professional basketball player. […]

Brookline Booksmith hosts Poupeh Missaghi, author of ‘Trans(re)lating House One’

Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore in Brookline, Mass., started a transnational literature series in 2018. This series was created to bring in books, authors and translations that explore borders through their work. Poupeh Missaghi and her novel “Trans(re)lating House One” (2020) were featured on Feb. 12 in Brookline Booksmith’s used book cellar. The crowd itself […]

Porter Square Books: A community centerpiece

I often find myself at bookstores, and even more often I find myself at Porter Square Books (PSB). There are never seats available unless you’re really lucky because of all the people that frequent the store. When you first walk in, you start by looking at the fiction section, across from the bustling of Café […]

Miranda Popkey’s “Topics of Conversation” explores power and desire

Miranda Popkey’s debut novel “Topics of Conversation” (2020) brims with sex, violence, drinking and failed relationships. Its unnamed narrator goes over different conversations she’s had with women spanning back to the year 2000, her college graduation year. From a recent college graduate to a divorced single mother, she reveals the rawest and most troubled aspects […]