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Friday, October 14 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Storytelling for Page and Screen: Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta

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A good story, well told, is the aim of screenwriters and novelists alike. This year, we’re kicking off the BBF with an exploration of storytelling in these different modes, as told by three pros who have seen both sides. Hometown favorite Tom Perrotta is no stranger to Hollywood, having seen several of his books adapted for the big screen; these days, he’s busy creating the third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers, based on his own bestselling novel. One-time television writer turned current bestselling author Maria Semple’s structurally playful new novel, Tomorrow Will Be Different, has been called “achingly funny” by Kirkus. Meanwhile, Semple’s beloved novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette is also under development as a feature film. And Emma Donoghue, whose latest historical novel, The Wonder, grapples with faith and trust, has also tackled the task of adaptation, transforming her award-winning novel Room into an equally decorated film, earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best adapted screenplay. Joining these three talented and versatile storytellers is Robin Young, cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now and also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Sponsored by Hachette.

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Robin Young

Robin Young brings more than twenty-five years of broadcast experience to her role as co-host of Here & Now, a WBUR-produced daily news magazine that airs on NPR stations nationwide. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television... Read More →

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Emma Donoghue

Kickoff Presenter
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning writer of novels, plays, short stories, and nonfiction whose bestselling 2010 novel Room--along with her adapted screenplay for the 2015 film directed by Lenny Abrahamson--is a striking depiction of parenthood and love in the midst of the horror of... Read More →
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Tom Perrotta

Kickoff Presenter
Tom Perrotta is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and screenwriter whose articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, and GQ. He is the author of five novels, including Election, The Abstinence Teacher, The Wishbones, and Little Children... Read More →
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Maria Semple

Kickoff Presenter
Maria Semple debuted as a novelist in 2008 with the publication of This One is Mine, followed in 2012 by the nationally-bestselling epistolary novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which won the 2013 American Library Association Alex Award and was a 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary