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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 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Reading Like a Writer: Social Commentary

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Have you ever wondered how an author blended real-life concerns with a fictional world, why she chose to push the envelope of structure or sense, or how he selected details to bring a character to life? In these three sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, adn answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. 

This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of authors whose recent fiction engages with social issues past, present, and (near) future. Suzanne Berne (The Dogs of Littlefield), Meg Little Reilly (We Are Unprepared), and Anna Solomon (Leaving Lucy Pear). Our host is novelist Michelle Hoover, author most recently of the novel Bottomland. Sponsored by The Drum.

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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... Read More →

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Suzanne Berne

Suzanne Berne is a writer of essays, novels, and short stories whose first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, won the 1999 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her work includes the novels The Ghost at the Table and A Perfect Arrangement, as well as the memoir Missing Lucile. She currently... Read More →
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Meg Little Reilly

Meg Little Reilly is a writer and environmentalist who has worked previously in public radio, as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, and as a spokesperson at the US Treasury. Her debut novel, We Are Unprepared, examines... Read More →
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Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon's whose short fiction has appeared in publications including One Story, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Missouri Review and has won two Pushcart Prizes, the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize, and been nominated for the National Magazine Award. She is also the... Read More →


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