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Saturday, October 15 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Biography: Extraordinary Lives

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This session examines the lives of two amazing individuals whose rise in their respective fields was unlikely, to say the least. Daniel Bergner’s subject, Ryan Speedo Green, went from a childhood marked by poverty and violence to international opera star. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for its moving portrait of success in the face of huge personal and societal obstacles. The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act, by Child’s great-nephew Alex Prud’homme, relates how the publication of Julia Child’s  Mastering the Art of French Cooking propelled her to instant stardom in the US, exerting great pressure on her to accept the mantle of America’s first lady of French food. Each author will give a presentation about his subject, followed by conversation and audience Q&A. Moderated by BBF Fellow and associate producer of WBUR’s Here and Now, Erica Morrison.

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Erica Morrison

Erica Morrison is a producer for WBUR's Here & Now. Prior to joining the WBUR staff in 2014, Erica worked at NPR on a variety of shows, including weekend All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and Morning Edition. Morrison also spent time as a print journalist writing... Read More →

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Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner is a writer and journalist whose work includes What Do Women Want?; In the Land of Magic Soldiers, winner of the Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable... Read More →
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Alex Prud'homme

Alex Prud’homme is a journalist who has been a staff writer for Talk magazine, TIME, and People, among other publications. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. Prud’homme is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Forewarned, The... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Boston Common Hotel Hancock