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Saturday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fiction: My First Time

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Three debut novelists gather to talk about their disappointments, surprises, and expectations for their first times—publishing, that is! Following brief readings from their new books, these three first-time novelists will tell all, from polishing the manuscript and securing an agent to surviving the tour and (ahem) book festival circuit. Representing a diverse range of styles and subjects are former Car Talk producer Louie Cronin, whose locally-colored, radio-infused debut is Everyone Loves You Back; baker-turned-novelist Louise Miller, whose first novel is The City Baker's Guide to Country Living; and Hirsh Sawhney, whose debut novel South Haven tackles topical issues of faith, family, and migration. Guiding their conversation will be Jabari Asim, Emerson College professor and author most recently of Only the Strong. Come hear some great new voices--and maybe get inspired yourself!

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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a multidisciplinary journalist, editor, and critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and fiction for both children and adults. His nonfiction works, including What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on... Read More →

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Louie Cronin

Louie Cronin is a writer and member of PRI’s The World team whose career in public radio has included producing The Connection and the long-running show Car Talk. A graduate of Boston University’s creative writing program, she has published in the Princeton Arts Review, the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine... Read More →
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Louise Miller

Louise Miller has been a baker for over twenty years and currently lives and works in Boston as the pastry chef of The Union Club. She received a 2012 scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. Library Journal calls her debut novel... Read More →
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Hirsh Sawhney

Hirsh Sawhney is a writer and novelist whose articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Indian Express, the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, and Outlook. He is also the editor of Delhi Noir, a... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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