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Friday, October 14
 

8:00pm

Storytelling for Page and Screen: Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta
A good story, well told, is the aim of screenwriters and novelists alike. This year, we’re kicking off the BBF with an exploration of storytelling in these different modes, as told by three pros who have seen both sides. Hometown favorite Tom Perrotta is no stranger to Hollywood, having seen several of his books adapted for the big screen; these days, he’s busy creating the third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers, based on his own bestselling novel. One-time television writer turned current bestselling author Maria Semple’s structurally playful new novel, Tomorrow Will Be Different, has been called “achingly funny” by Kirkus. Meanwhile, Semple’s beloved novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette is also under development as a feature film. And Emma Donoghue, whose latest historical novel, The Wonder, grapples with faith and trust, has also tackled the task of adaptation, transforming her award-winning novel Room into an equally decorated film, earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best adapted screenplay. Joining these three talented and versatile storytellers is Robin Young, cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now and also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Sponsored by Hachette.

Moderators
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Robin Young

Robin Young brings more than twenty-five years of broadcast experience to her role as co-host of Here & Now, a WBUR-produced daily news magazine that airs on NPR stations nationwide. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television... Read More →

Presenters
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Emma Donoghue

Kickoff Presenter
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning writer of novels, plays, short stories, and nonfiction whose bestselling 2010 novel Room--along with her adapted screenplay for the 2015 film directed by Lenny Abrahamson--is a striking depiction of parenthood and love in the midst of the horror of... Read More →
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Tom Perrotta

Kickoff Presenter
Tom Perrotta is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and screenwriter whose articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, and GQ. He is the author of five novels, including Election, The Abstinence Teacher, The Wishbones, and Little Children... Read More →
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Maria Semple

Kickoff Presenter
Maria Semple debuted as a novelist in 2008 with the publication of This One is Mine, followed in 2012 by the nationally-bestselling epistolary novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which won the 2013 American Library Association Alex Award and was a 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction... Read More →

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Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 
Saturday, October 15
 

10:30am

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

10:45am

Reading Like a Writer: Social Commentary
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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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

11:00am

Fiction: My First Time

Three debut novelists gather to talk about their disappointments, surprises, and expectations for their first times—publishing, that is! Following brief readings from their new books, these three first-time novelists will tell all, from polishing the manuscript and securing an agent to surviving the tour and (ahem) book festival circuit. Representing a diverse range of styles and subjects are former Car Talk producer Louie Cronin, whose locally-colored, radio-infused debut is Everyone Loves You Back; baker-turned-novelist Louise Miller, whose first novel is The City Baker's Guide to Country Living; and Hirsh Sawhney, whose debut novel South Haven tackles topical issues of faith, family, and migration. Guiding their conversation will be Jabari Asim, Emerson College professor and author most recently of Only the Strong. Come hear some great new voices--and maybe get inspired yourself!


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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a multidisciplinary journalist, editor, and critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and fiction for both children and adults. His nonfiction works, including What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on... Read More →

Presenters
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Louie Cronin

Louie Cronin is a writer and member of PRI’s The World team whose career in public radio has included producing The Connection and the long-running show Car Talk. A graduate of Boston University’s creative writing program, she has published in the Princeton Arts Review, the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine... 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 →
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Hirsh Sawhney

Hirsh Sawhney is a writer and novelist whose articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Indian Express, the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, and Outlook. He is also the editor of Delhi Noir, a... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

11:15am

Crime Fiction: Cold Comfort

Crime fiction often explores themes of loss: loss of life, humanity, and, perhaps most terrifying, one’s mind. What is it about meeting characters on the worst day of their lives that has intrigued readers for centuries? Find out from masters of the craft. New York Times bestseller Joseph Finder explores how a powerful person’s life can spiral out of control in an instant in Guilty Minds. The shadowy world of a terror plot drives Red Right Hand, by award-winning author Chris Holm. And in Say No More, Agatha Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan’s tough reporter Jane Ryland tries to unravel the truth about a date rape and a hit and run crash. Join them in a conversation about the novels of murder and mayhem that we love, where truth is the only comfort. Moderated by Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered. Sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book.


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Amy MacKinnon

Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on NPR and This American Life. Her debut novel, Tethered, was described by Booklist as a “haunting” and “gracefully rendered... Read More →

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Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is a bestselling thriller writer and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct, and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company... Read More →
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Chris Holm

Chris Holm is the author of the Collector Trilogy and award-winning short stories that have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and the Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His novels also include the Michael Hendricks thrillers series... Read More →
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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and is a thirty-three-time Emmy award winner. She is also an author of nine mystery novels and works of nonfiction, including Truth Be Told, What You See, and Writes of Passage. Ryan’s work has... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

11:30am

Fiction: Creative Lives
The thoughtful and creative novelists featured in this session all chose as their inspiration the lives of other creative people—artists and writers—thereby shedding light not only on historical figures but also on the creative process. Dawn Tripp, author of the national bestseller Georgia, vigorously imagines the visual artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s early career and her tumultuous relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. Dinitia Smith, in The Honeymoon, offers a complex portrait of genius in her book based on the later life of Victorian novelist George Eliot. And, in Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hatton portrays the novelist John Steinbeck as a vivid character, set amid the environs of Cannery Row. Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review, will lead a discussion about fiction, inspiration, and the complex, fiction-worthy lives of artistic visionaries. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is the editor of the Harvard Review and author of the memoir Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Prize. Thompson is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe whose articles and essays have appeared in... Read More →

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Lindsay Hatton

Lindsay Hatton holds an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She is the author of the debut novel Monterey Bay, a evocatively imagined historical novel set in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row whose precise descriptions are informed by Hatton’s youth in Monterey... Read More →
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Dinitia Smith

Dinita Smith is a writer, teacher, and novelist whose work includes The Illusionist, chosen as a New York Times notable book of the year. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, she has also taught writing at Columbia University... Read More →
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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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Saturday October 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
BPL Abbey 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:15pm

Readings: New Takes on Fantasy

Just like the best imaginary worlds, the realm of fantasy literature is vast, varied, and exciting to navigate. The three authors in this session will read excerpts from their new novels, each of which offers a dramatically different approach to the genre. Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms, informed by Chinese history and folklore, is the much-anticipated follow-up to his ambitious epic fantasy debut The Grace of Kings. Katie Schickel’s The Mermaid’s Secret imagines a woman who discovers an alternate reality beneath the waves off the coast of Maine. And Keith Donohue’s The Motion of Puppets blends elements of fantasy and reality, circus folk and marionettes, into a wholly original perspective. Helping us find our way through this fantastic session is writer and BBF Fellow Boyah J. Farah, who teaches at Bunker Hill Community College.


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Boyah J. Farah

Boyah J. Farah is a writer who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia but grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts. He holds a graduate degree from University of Massachusetts Boston and he is now an educator at Bunker Hill Community College. Links: Article by Farah for Transition Magazine A... Read More →

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Keith Donohue

Keith Donohue is an acclaimed writer of novels and nonfiction whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holding a PhD from the Catholic University of America with a specialization in modern Irish literature, he is the... Read More →
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Ken Liu

Ken Liu is a writer, translator of speculative fiction, lawyer, and software engineer. His debut novel The Grace of Kings won the Locus Best First Novel award and was a Nebula Finalist. His stories, collected in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, have appeared in various publications... Read More →
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Katie Schickel

Katie Schickel is obsessed with the ocean and with writing, and she’s made a career out of both, serving as an editor and as a scuba instructor, a first mate and a novelist. Her debut book, Housewitch, earned her a place on Booklist’s list of Top 10 Women’s Fiction in 2015... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:30pm

Fiction: Turning Classics Inside Out
Crafting a new work of fiction based on beloved plots, characters, and themes poses a unique challenge for the author—and an undeniable pleasure for the reader. In this session, three novelists serve up refreshing takes on classic works of literature, with plenty of undeniably modern twists. In Nelly Dean, novelist and English professor Alison Case gives the narrator of Wuthering Heights a new compelling story to tell: her own. In Even in Paradise, Elizabeth Nunez infuses Shakespeare’s King Lear with all the cultural richness, beauty, and complexity of the postcolonial Caribbean. And in Roses and Rot, debut novelist and Neil Gaiman protégé Kat Howard puts a new (and frankly sinister) spin on the evil stepmother trope so common in fairy tales. Helping us bridge the classic and the contemporary is moderator Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House.

Moderators
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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and... Read More →

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Alison Case

Alison Case is a professor of English at Williams College, specializing in Victorian literature and the novel. Author of the respected text Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel and coauthor of Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel... Read More →
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Kat Howard

Kat Howard is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror whose short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, published in anthologies, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel, a dark and compelling novel of sisterly ties that Publishers Weekly... Read More →
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Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez is a bestselling and award-winning author, distinguished professor of English, and co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her novels include Boundaries... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

12:45pm

Fiction Keynote: Colson Whitehead Talks with Saeed Jones

Colson Whitehead’s latest work of fiction, The Underground Railroad, imagines the metaphorical underground railroad as a real railroad shuttling slaves to freedom. With this imaginative leap into fantasy, Whitehead also lays bare the cruel reality of slavery. Praise for this highly original novel has been universal, with Kirkus Reviews declaring that Whitehead executes his “inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank” and Publishers Weekly calling it “literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric.” Join Fiction Keynote and Oprah pick Colson Whitehead as he talks with poet and executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed, Saeed Jones.


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Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also a finalist... Read More →

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Colson Whitehead

Fiction Keynote
Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. He is the author of seven novels, most notably The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

2:00pm

France, Story of a Childhood

Zahia Rahmani will talk about France, Story of a Childhood, recently released in English. An autobiographical novel, the book tells the story of an Algerian family’s exile to France, drawing inspiration from Rahmani’s childhood as the daughter of an accused Harki. Rahmani will be interviewed by Maria Koundoura, a scholar of transnationalism and chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing at Emerson College.


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Maria Koundoura

Maria Koundoura is chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. She is the author of The Greek Idea: The Formation of National and Transnational Identities and Transnational Culture, Transnational Identity: The Politics and Ethics of Global Culture... Read More →

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Zahia Rahmani

The Algerian-born academic and author Zahia Rahmani is one of France’s leading art historians and writers of fiction, memoirs, and cultural criticism. She is the author of Moze, "Musulman" and France, Récit d'une enfance (France, Story of a Childhood). The French Ministry of Culture... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA

2:15pm

Fiction: War and Its Aftermath
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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

2:15pm

Reading Like a Writer: Experimentation
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 is experimental in substance or style: Christopher Boucher (Golden Delicious), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Liz Moore (The Unseen World) will discuss experimentation and the writer’s craft with Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House. Sponsored by The Drum.


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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and... Read More →

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Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher is a writer, teacher, editor, and author of the acclaimed debut novel How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive. After receiving his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, he went on to teach writing and literature at Boston College, and he currently serves... Read More →
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Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman is a writer of fiction and nonfiction whose work has appeared in publications including the Paris Review, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Guernica, Zoetrope: All-Story, and n+1. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded grants... Read More →
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Liz Moore

Liz Moore is the author of The Words of Every Song and the acclaimed novel Heft, which was longlisted for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in publications including Tin House, the New York Times, and Narrative Magazine... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

2:45pm

One City One Story
What’s in your handbag? If you’re Grandmother Zofia, it could be literally the entire world. That’s the premise of Kelly Link’s charming, evocative, and just slightly sinister story “The Faery Handbag,” which is this year’s One City One Story selection. Come discuss the story’s themes of family history, secrets, everyday magic, and belief in the unknown with other Boston-area readers, and with Link herself. Inside Arts editor and facilitator extraordinaire Alicia Anstead will lead the discussion; tweet her your questions and thoughts ahead of time at @1city1story! Haven’t picked up your copy of the story yet? Swing by the BBF info tent to pick one up—they’re the perfect size to slip into a pocket or, yes, a handbag. Sponsored by BookBub.

Moderators
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Alicia Anstead

Editor in chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, Alicia Anstead is a reporter, editor, consultant, and educator. She teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, supervises the Harvard Arts Beat blog, and was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation... Read More →

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Kelly Link

Kelly Link is an author and editor of short stories for adults and teens. She has won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award, among other honors, for her fiction. She and her husband Gavin Grant co-founded and now manage Small Beer Press, and together they also... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Trinity Forum Copley Square, Boston, MA

3:00pm

In My Brother's Shadow

Uwe Timm is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany, having published more than twenty books. Six are available in English translation, among them The Invention of Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung der Currywurst) and In My Brother’s Shadow (Am Beispiel meines Bruders), in which he approached his relationship with his father and brother. Uwe Timm was the youngest son in his family. His brother, sixteen years his senior, was a soldier in the Waffen SS and died in Ukraine in 1943. This autobiographical novel is the point of departure for a conversation with Sabine von Mering, a professor of German and the director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University, about Germany’s past in the present.


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Sabine von Mering

Sabine von Mering teaches German language and culture at Brandeis University, where she is also a member of the core faculty in women, gender, and sexuality studies. As director of the Center for German and European Studies, she organizes lectures, conferences, and cultural events... Read More →

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Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany, having published more than twenty books. Six are available in English translation, among them The Invention of Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung der Currywurst) and the autobiographical novel In My Brother’s Shadow... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Goethe-Institut Boston 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

3:15pm

The Mind of an Author
Mystery and thriller authors weave character, setting, plot, language, and theme into stories that grab us and keep us reading. Authors Linda Barnes, William Landay, Gayle Lynds, William Martin, and Paula Munier will work with the audience to gather inspiration and create stories, giving you an inside view of how your favorite author may have built that novel that you couldn't put down. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, New England and hosted by MWA president Ray Daniel.

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Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries: TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED. In its starred reviews of CORRUPTED MEMORY and HACKED, Publisher's weekly has described Daniel's work as "compulsively... Read More →

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Linda Barnes

Born in Detroit, where she learned a lot about crime, Linda Barnes began her writing career as a playwright.  After publishing four well-received mysteries featuring Boston area actor/detective Michael Spraggue, she tried her hand at a short story, “Lucky Penny,” which was nominated... Read More →
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William Landay

William Landay’s latest novel is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. His previous novels are Mission Flats, which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and The Strangler, which was a Los Angeles Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand... Read More →
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Gayle Lynds

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels, including The Book of Spies, The Last Spymaster, and Masquerade, which Publishers Weekly lists among the top ten spy novels of all time. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One... Read More →
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William Martin

William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the popular Peter Fallon series. His book reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe and the Washington Independent Book Review. He was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison... Read More →
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Paula Munier

Paula Munier, a senior literary agent and content strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, has created and marketed exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She is the author of several books, including the Amazon bestseller... Read More →

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

3:15pm

Reading Like a Writer: Character
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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Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

3:45pm

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

3:45pm

Fiction: Coming of Age
The transition between girlhood and womanhood can be rocky at best—but maybe that’s why it can make for such raw and compelling fiction. In this session, two novelists explore the power, potential, and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls and discuss how coming-of-age novels can dramatize the divide between innocence and experience. Robin Wasserman offers a searing exploration of the potency and bruality of teenage girls' friendships in Girls on Fire. And Caroline Leavitt poignantly and suspensefully delves into issues of first love, disillusionment, and the intense and complicated bond between sisters in Cruel Beautiful World. Guiding their conversation is BBF Fellow Sari Edelstein of UMass-Boston, an expert in coming-of-age narratives.

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Sari Edelstein

Sari Edelstein is an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches courses in US literature and culture. She is the author of Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing and is currently at work on a book about... Read More →

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Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, screenwriter, editor, critic, and teacher. She is the author of eleven novels, including Pictures of You, listed as a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, and Kirkus Reviews... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

4:15pm

The Book Revue

At the Book Revue, authors strut their hour upon the stage. And they sing, and they show slides, and they play guitar, and they tell stories. Richard Russo, Ann Hood, Ben Mezrich and Faith Salie, joined by Berklee singer songwriter Jennah Bell, will entertain, challenge, and move you with a series of presentations inspired by their recent work. Ann Hood will talk about writing in the context of her latest novel, The Book That Matters Most. Ben Mezrich tells a compelling (and true!) tale about the hunt for UFO’s in his nonfiction The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway. Richard Russo displays talents you didn’t know he had when he presents his latest, Everybody’s Fool. And Faith Salie tells a story from her memoir, Approval Junkie. Join us at this unconventional author event, part Moth, part TED, part cabaret and 100% bookish fun.Hosted by Henriette Lazaridis, founding editor of The Drum and author of The Clover House. Sponsored by the Boston Globe.


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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and... Read More →

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Jennah Bell

Jennah Bell is an Oakland-grown singer/songwriter who pulls from a colorful palette of folk, soul, R&B, hip‐hop, and bluegrass. In 2005, while still in high school, Bell auditioned for a summer program hosted by the Grammy Foundation, where Jimmy Jam, Paul Williams, and David Foster... Read More →
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Ann Hood

Ann Hood is a bestselling author of nonfiction, novels, and short stories including The Knitting Circle, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, The Red Thread, and An Italian Wife. She served as editor for the collection Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, and her writing has appeared... Read More →
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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich has authored seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on... Read More →
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Richard Russo

Richard Russo is a novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, and recipient of a 1990 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories, including Empire Falls, which earned the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and which he adapted into... Read More →
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Faith Salie

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning television and radio host, comedian, journalist, actor, and Rhodes scholar. She is a regular contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and host of PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies. A commentator on... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Old South Sanctuary 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA