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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Memoir: On the Margins

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Four fascinating memoirs describe life lived on the edge, whether by choice or by necessity. Howard Axelrod’s deeply moving and much-lauded memoir, The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, tells how a freak accident that left him blind in one eye prompted him to retreat to the woods to regain a sense of identity. Jerald Walker, whose The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult, earned a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, tells an astounding story of isolation and redemption. In Dreaming of Lions, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas recounts a life spent studying the people and, especially, the animals of Africa in what Shelf Awareness describes as an “undeniably powerful narrative.” William Giraldi’s The Hero’s Body explores, in “lucid, vibrant prose” (PW), his quest to meet his family’s stringent standards of masculinity, despite his own fondness for classical literature. Moderated by Kelly Horan, editor of WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

Moderators
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Kelly Horan

Kelly Horan is an award-winning public radio producer and journalist, as well as the editor of WBUR’s ideas and opinion page Cognoscenti. She has also produced special series for WBUR, including an oral history project produced for the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing; “November 1963,” commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination; and “Who Killed Gail... Read More →

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Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod’s essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Arizona, and currently teaches writing at Loyola University in Chicago. His debut book, The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, evocatively chronicles his experience of retreating into nature... Read More →
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William Giraldi

William Giraldi is a critically acclaimed author and editor whose criticism has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Oxford American, Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, The Daily Beast, Virginia Quarterly, and the New Criterion. He is the author of two novels, Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and currently serves as the fiction editor for AGNI at Boston University and as a contributing editor at the New Republic. His... Read More →
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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is an anthropologist, naturalist, and author of The Hidden Life of Dogs, a groundbreaking work of animal psychology that spent ten months as a New York Times bestseller. Throughout her long and varied career, Thomas has been the recipient of grants that allowed her opportunities for anthropological research, including a Guggenheim fellowship to study in Uganda and funds from the New Yorker to travel to Nigeria. Her... Read More →
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Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a professor of creative writing at Emerson college. His writing has been published in journals including the Harvard Review, Missouri Review, the Oxford American, Iowa Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has been anthologized in four collections of the Best American Essays. He is the author of two books: Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA