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Saturday, October 15


BBF Unbound: Not Your Grandma's Romance
Romance fiction is both a multi-billion-dollar business and a savvy sisterhood. In this session, three local romance authors (Judith Arnold, Caroline Linden, Myretta Robens, and Cecilia Tan) working in different subgenres will be joined by Laurie Kahn, a filmmaker who recently made Love Between the Covers, a feature-length documentary about the romance community. Together, using video excerpts from the film and fun outtakes, the group will explore the wide range of romance subgenres, the future of romance fiction in the digital age, and the ways in which the romance genre is unique.

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Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn’s films have won major awards, been shown on PBS primetime, broadcast around the world, and used widely in university classrooms and community groups. Her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and it won an... Read More →

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Judith Arnold

USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold knew she wanted to be a writer by the time she was four. With one hundred published novels to her name, she has been able to live her dream. Four of Judith's novels have received Reviewers Choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and she's been... Read More →
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Caroline Linden

Caroline Linden is the bestselling author of twenty romances. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Golden Leaf Award, and the Romance Writers of America’s... Read More →
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Myretta Robens

Myretta Robens is the president of the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. She began writing historical romance novels in 2003 and created the Jane Austen website The Republic of Pemberley in 1997. Robens was first published in 2005, with Once Upon a Sofa. Her second... Read More →
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Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is an award-winning author of passionate fiction. RT Book Reviews awarded her Career Achievement in Erotic Romance in 2015, and her novel Slow Surrender won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She has been publishing Daron's Guitar Chronicles... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA


BBF Unbound: Behind One Writers' Group Curtain
The initial spark of a novel and putting words to paper is a solitary thing—but even introverted authors need a band of brothers or sisters. Many turn to writers’ groups for critique, support, and fellowship, while also working to keep the green monster of envy from taking a seat at their table. Come hear the secrets of one writing community that has balanced isolation and creative collaboration for eight years—and has a lot to show for it! Between them, Nichole Bernier, Kathy Crowley, Juliette Fay, Randy Susan Meyers, and E. B. Moore have twelve published books (with five more in the works), many published short stories and articles, a literary blog, awards and residencies, and (coming soon) a big bricks-and-mortar local bookstore. Pull up a chair and see what it’s like to be part of this rigorous yet supportive writing circle.

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Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers is the author of three novels, including The Murderer’s Daughters and Accidents of Marriage, both of which were finalists for the Massachusetts Book Awards. She teaches writing at GrubStreet. Meyers’s next novel, The Widow of Wall Street, will be published in... Read More →

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Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier is a journalist, editor, and author whose novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D spent eight weeks on the Boston Globe bestseller list and was a finalist for the New England Booksellers fiction award. A contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler magazine for fourteen... Read More →
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Kathy Crowley

Kathy Crowley is a physician at Boston Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her short stories have appeared in Ontario Review, Fish Stories, The Literary Review, New Millenium Writings, and The Marlboro Review. She has... Read More →
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Juliette Fay

Juliette Fay’s first published novel, Shelter Me, was designated as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2009 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. It was also named to the Indie Next List of the American Booksellers Association, was chosen as one of six novels for Target’s... Read More →
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E. B. Moore

E. B. Moore is a retired sculptor, novelist, and poet whose poetry has appeared in journals including The Drum and Inkwell and been collected in New Eden: A Legacy. She is the author of An Unseemly Wife--based on family stories from her Amish roots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania--which... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


BBF Unbound: Eating Our Words

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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