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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 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Reading Like a Writer: Character

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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 latest novels are propelled by memorable, thoroughly realized characters: Anne Korkeakivi (Shining Sea), Margot Livesey (Mercury), and Justin Tussing (Vexation Lullaby). Leading these inquiries into craft and character development is author Dawn Tripp, whose latest novel is Georgia. Sponsored by The Drum.

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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review... Read More →

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Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novel An Unexpected Guest and a Hawthorndon Fellow whose short fiction has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, the Yale Review, Consequence Magazine, and the Bellevue Literary Review. She has also written nonfiction work for the New... Read More →
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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is a New York Times bestselling author of short stories and eight novels, including The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. The current fiction editor at Ploughshares, Livesey has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Story, American... Read More →
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Justin Tussing

Justin Tussing is a novelist, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and current director of the University of Southern Maine’s low residency MFA program in Portland. In addition to his Ken Kesy Award-winning novel The Best People in the World, Tussing has published short fiction... Read More →


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