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Saturday, October 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fiction: Turning Classics Inside Out

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Crafting a new work of fiction based on beloved plots, characters, and themes poses a unique challenge for the author—and an undeniable pleasure for the reader. In this session, three novelists serve up refreshing takes on classic works of literature, with plenty of undeniably modern twists. In Nelly Dean, novelist and English professor Alison Case gives the narrator of Wuthering Heights a new compelling story to tell: her own. In Even in Paradise, Elizabeth Nunez infuses Shakespeare’s King Lear with all the cultural richness, beauty, and complexity of the postcolonial Caribbean. And in Roses and Rot, debut novelist and Neil Gaiman protégé Kat Howard puts a new (and frankly sinister) spin on the evil stepmother trope so common in fairy tales. Helping us bridge the classic and the contemporary is moderator Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House.

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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and... Read More →

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Alison Case

Alison Case is a professor of English at Williams College, specializing in Victorian literature and the novel. Author of the respected text Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel and coauthor of Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel... Read More →
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Kat Howard

Kat Howard is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror whose short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, published in anthologies, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel, a dark and compelling novel of sisterly ties that Publishers Weekly... Read More →
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Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez is a bestselling and award-winning author, distinguished professor of English, and co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her novels include Boundaries... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall