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Saturday, October 15 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fiction: War and Its Aftermath

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War forces us to confront humanity’s strengths and profound shortcomings. Four authors powerfully and poignantly address the upheaval of war and its rattling aftershocks in their new novels. Deni Ellis Béchard jumps right into the modern-day war zone in Kabul in Into the Sun, exploring the lives of aid workers, journalists, and mercenaries who flock there. The artists and intellectuals in Kathleen Spivack’s Unspeakable Things have fled from war, finding refuge in New York City during World War II. In Jonathan Rabb’s Among the Living, a Holocaust survivor encounters both culture shock and unexpected kinship in the American South. And in Bottomland, Michelle Hoover takes readers to the time of the Great War, examining how xenophobic attitudes stoked by a far-away war affect the lives of German-Americans in Iowa. Leading the conversation is Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor for Consequence magazine, which focuses on the culture and consequences of war. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an author, writing coach, and consultant who currently serves as the senior associate editor for the literary journal Consequence Magazine. Her reviews and short stories have appeared in publications including TSR: The Southampton Review, Post Road, Baltimore Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Previously a lecturer on English literature at University of Massachusetts-Boston and Suffolk University, she now teaches creative... Read More →

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Deni Ellis Béchard

Deni Ellis Béchard is a photojournalist, writer, and activist whose work focuses on human rights, politics, and the environment. His work includes the novel Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize; the memoir Cures for Hunger, an IndieNext pick; and Of Bonobos and Men, winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism and overall Grand Prize. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon... Read More →
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Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is a novelist, writer, teacher, and founder and current head of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. She was a 2014 NEA Fellow, Writer-In-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, winner of the PEN / New England Discovery Award, and current Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. Her writing has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, StoryQuarterly, and... Read More →
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Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb is a novelist and essayist. He is the author of five novels, including The Berlin Trilogy (Rosa, Shadow and Light, and The Second Son), a critically acclaimed series of historical thrillers. Rosa won the 2006 Director’s Special Prize at Spain’s Semana Negra festival and was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books of 2005. Rabb has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, and is... Read More →
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Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack is an award-winning poet, short story writer, and memoirist whose work has been published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Paris Review, and Agni. In 1959, she came to Boston on a scholarship with Robert Lowell, an experience which resulted in With Robert Lowell and His Circle, an intimate and empathetic look into the lives, thoughts, and writing process of some of the most influential poets of the... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA