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Saturday, October 15 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Readings: New Takes on Fantasy

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Just like the best imaginary worlds, the realm of fantasy literature is vast, varied, and exciting to navigate. The three authors in this session will read excerpts from their new novels, each of which offers a dramatically different approach to the genre. Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms, informed by Chinese history and folklore, is the much-anticipated follow-up to his ambitious epic fantasy debut The Grace of Kings. Katie Schickel’s The Mermaid’s Secret imagines a woman who discovers an alternate reality beneath the waves off the coast of Maine. And Keith Donohue’s The Motion of Puppets blends elements of fantasy and reality, circus folk and marionettes, into a wholly original perspective. Helping us find our way through this fantastic session is writer and BBF Fellow Boyah J. Farah, who teaches at Bunker Hill Community College.

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Boyah J. Farah

Boyah J. Farah is a writer who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia but grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts. He holds a graduate degree from University of Massachusetts Boston and he is now an educator at Bunker Hill Community College. Links: Article by Farah for Transition Magazine A... Read More →

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Keith Donohue

Keith Donohue is an acclaimed writer of novels and nonfiction whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holding a PhD from the Catholic University of America with a specialization in modern Irish literature, he is the... Read More →
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Ken Liu

Ken Liu is a writer, translator of speculative fiction, lawyer, and software engineer. His debut novel The Grace of Kings won the Locus Best First Novel award and was a Nebula Finalist. His stories, collected in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, have appeared in various publications... Read More →
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Katie Schickel

Katie Schickel is obsessed with the ocean and with writing, and she’s made a career out of both, serving as an editor and as a scuba instructor, a first mate and a novelist. Her debut book, Housewitch, earned her a place on Booklist’s list of Top 10 Women’s Fiction in 2015... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon