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Saturday, October 15 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Fiction: Creative Lives

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The thoughtful and creative novelists featured in this session all chose as their inspiration the lives of other creative people—artists and writers—thereby shedding light not only on historical figures but also on the creative process. Dawn Tripp, author of the national bestseller Georgia, vigorously imagines the visual artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s early career and her tumultuous relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. Dinitia Smith, in The Honeymoon, offers a complex portrait of genius in her book based on the later life of Victorian novelist George Eliot. And, in Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hatton portrays the novelist John Steinbeck as a vivid character, set amid the environs of Cannery Row. Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review, will lead a discussion about fiction, inspiration, and the complex, fiction-worthy lives of artistic visionaries. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is the editor of the Harvard Review and author of the memoir Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Prize. Thompson is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe whose articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, American Scholar, the Journal of Pacific History, and Australian Literary Studies, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the... Read More →

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Lindsay Hatton

Lindsay Hatton holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She is the author of the debut novel Monterey Bay, a evocatively imagined historical novel set in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row whose precise descriptions are informed by Hatton’s youth in Monterey, California, where she spent summers working behind the scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In a starred review, Kirkus describes the novel as a... Read More →
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Dinitia Smith

Dinita Smith is a writer, teacher, and novelist whose work includes The Illusionist, chosen as a New York Times notable book of the year. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, she has also taught writing at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and served as a cultural correspondent for the New York Times. Her most recent novel, The Honeymoon, is a... Read More →
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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. Her most recent work, Georgia--a national bestseller and Indie Next pick--is a historical novel of Georgia... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
BPL Abbey 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA