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Saturday, October 15 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
BBF Unbound: Eating Our Words

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Food is an important cultural touchstone in literature, representing more than just full bellies; food brings characters together and highlights the differences between communities. It can be used metaphorically or as a way to define place and time. Exploring the use of food as a tool in their own writing and the writing of others are Jennifer S. Brown, whose Modern Girls shows how food can represent the assimilation of Jewish immigrants in the early twentieth century; Louise Miller, who uses food in her novel The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living as a way for her protagonist to connect to a rural community; and Dawn Lerman, who links food to physical and emotional well-being in her memoir My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes. Setting the table will be our host, Lori Galvin, an agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and former editor at America’s Test Kitchen.

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Lori Galvin

Lori Galvin is a literary agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Prior to joining ZSH, she was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America's Test Kitchen, where she helped lead a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, cooked in restaurant kitchens, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine. She earned her B.A. in English literature from Northeastern University and completed the... Read More →

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Jennifer S. Brown

Jennifer S. Brown writes, runs, and mothers in Arlington. She has a BFA in filmmaking from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. She has published fiction and creative nonfiction in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The Southeast Review, and Bellevue Literary Review, among other places. Kirkus called her debut novel, Modern Girls, a “cleareyed view of the sharp, difficult choices facing... Read More →
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Dawn Lerman

Dawn Lerman is a nutritionist, bestselling author of My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes, and a contributor to the New York Times Well blog. She has been featured on NBC, NPR, and HuffPost TV as well as several other news outlets. Her company Magnificent Mommies provides nutrition education to student, teachers and corporations. Lerman counsels clients on weight... Read More →
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Louise Miller

Louise Miller has been a baker for over twenty years and currently lives and works in Boston as the pastry chef of The Union Club. She received a 2012 scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. Library Journal calls her debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, a “rich and warm romance.” Links: More About The City Baker’s Guide to Country... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA