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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
 

10:00am

Writer Idol
Author Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three literary agent judges: Sorche Fairbank, Katherine Flynn, and Amaryah Orenstein. When one agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second agent raises her hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. Note to participants: Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned! Sponsored by GrubStreet.

Moderators
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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author, educator, and recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading nonprofit creative writing centers, and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren... Read More →

Presenters
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Sorche Fairbank

Sorche Fairbank established Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002 and has since represented best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and debut authors. She is a member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, and The Agents’ Roundtable. Her clients can be found... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is a partner at the Kneerim & Williams Agency and has previously worked for the Sanford Greenburger Agency, taught literature and composition, and edited history textbooks. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Brown and represents history, biography, current affairs... Read More →
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Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein is the founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency. Through her work, she aims to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, representing a wide array of fiction and nonfiction that tackles big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Old South Mary Norton Hall 645 Boylston Street, 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.


Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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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

11:15am

Life Without Envy
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In Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People, Camille DeAngelis writes that many artists feel frustrated and unfulfilled because they’ve pinned their sense of worth to the recognition their work has (or hasn’t) received. The book is a practical and compassionate guide to processing those feelings of jealousy and inadequacy to create a happy and inspired life with zero regard for external circumstances. In this workshop In this workshop, DeAngelis will offer writing exercises designed to spark powerful paradigm shifts in the way you see yourself and your creative ability: from “starving artist” to prolific world-builder, from proving yourself to making a contribution, from obsessing over what you haven’t achieved to reveling in the force and vigor of your own imagination.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

Presenters
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Camille DeAngelis

Camille DeAngelis is the author of Immaculate Heart, the Alex Award-winning Bones & All, Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker, and Mary Modern, as well as a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland. She is a graduate of New... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

12:00pm

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.

Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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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

12:30pm

Author Camp: Library as eBook Discovery Platform
According to recent data, over 80 percent of the bestselling eBooks on Amazon.com are from indie authors and presses. In this informative session, hear from indie authors LJ Cohen, Gledé Browne Kabongo, and PJ Sharon about their success with creating strong partnerships with libraries as the book world continues to become more indie. Find out how authors are using platforms like Library Journal's SELF-e and the Commonwealth eBook Collections program in Massachusetts to obtain recognition, work with libraries, and gain critical exposure to new readers. BookSurge and Bibliolabs founder Mitchell Davis will host this session that’s essential for any author considering going indie. Sponsored by Commonwealth eBook Collections.

Moderators
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Mitchell Davis

Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was the founder in 2000 of BookSurge, the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company, which was sold to Amazon.com in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace. Since 2008, he has been founder... Read More →

Presenters
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LJ Cohen

LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. After twenty-five years as a physical therapist, Cohen now uses her clinical skills to injure characters in science fiction and fantasy novels. Derelict, the first book in her Halcyone Space series, was... Read More →
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Gledé Browne Kabongo

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where... Read More →
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PJ Sharon

PJ Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Pieces of Love, Heaven Is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Holt Medallion winner Savage Cinderella. The third book in her YA dystopian trilogy, Healing Waters, completes The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Series, which... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

12:45pm

The Art of Perspective
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The success of any work of fiction or narrative nonfiction depends almost entirely on its narrative strategy. Not only which character(s) tell(s) the story, from what vantage point, in the past or present, but why those choices are optimal and how they contribute to the overall effect the author is aiming for. In this session, we will begin by defining narrative strategy, then discuss its relationship to an author's choice of perspective and his/her manipulation of narrative distance. Presented by Christopher Castellani, artistic director of GrubStreet and author of The Art of Perspective.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author, educator, and recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading nonprofit creative writing centers, and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

1:45pm

Your Book as a Business
Whether you self-publish or go a more traditional route, the minute you decide to publish a book, you’re running a business. A-List authors like Stephen King can count on some hand-holding from their big publishers, but independent publishers are a different story. If you decide to “go indie,” either with a company or on your own, you’ll need to get up to speed on best business practices and the existing business models available to you. That’s where this session comes in. Independent publishers Charlotte Pierce, Deidre C. Randall, and Eddie Vincent will outline various routes to indie publishing success and answer your questions. Sponsored by Independent Publishers of New England and moderated by Karen Einstein, IPNE’s vice president.

Moderators
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Karen Einstein

Karen Einstein is a contributing editor of the Peeragogy Project and the vice president of Independent Publishers of New England. She has been working in the field of education for over three decades. Einstein worked for the British Council and lived in Barcelona from 1994 to 2013... Read More →

Presenters
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Charlotte Pierce

An indie publisher and freelancer since 1989 when she started Pierce Press after moving to the Boston area from New York City, Independent Publishers of New England president Charlotte Pierce is an advocate for the collaborative economy, both inside and outside of IPNE. She is the... Read More →
avatar for Deidre C. Randall

Deidre C. Randall

Deidre C. Randall is the Publisher CEO of Peter E. Randall, Publisher. She received a M.Ed. in business administration from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1999, following thirteen years of direct service to literacy programs; grant preparation, teaching, college instruction... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Vincent

Eddie Vincent

IPNE member Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications LLC, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for over thirty years. His company specializes in complete book production and is home to the Aurorean poetry journal. Vincent works with publishers and independent... Read More →

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Saturday October 15, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston 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.


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 →

Presenters
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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 →
avatar for Alexandra Kleeman

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 →

Sponsors

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

2:15pm

Writing with Risk
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You need this (free) ticket from Eventbrite to reserve your spot: Poetry workshop with Kirun Kapur 10/15 2:15-3:15pm at BPL Exchange

After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.  

Poet Kirun Kapur was named an Asian-American poet to watch in 2015 by NBC News. You can join her at this poetry workshop for writers of all levels who want to create poems that leap, move, buzz, and take risks. Kapur will focus on generating fresh ideas, experimenting with structure, and shaking up your revisions. Whether you have a drawer full of abandoned drafts or a collection of lines in your head, this workshop will help your words and ideas find a new form and come alive on the page.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

Presenters
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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, Christian Science Monitor, and many other journals... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, 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.


Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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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

Sound Advice: Storytelling for Audio
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Writing for audio isn’t a new animal, but it’s one that’s evolved over the years since the inception of radio. In this session, join Aaron Mahnke—the creator and writer of the hit podcast Lore—as he walks us through how Lore was born, how he writes for it on a daily basis, and how it functions as a thriving business. Whether you are simply a fan of the show, are curious about how the podcast business model works, or want to see a socially awkward writer discuss his intimate creative process, this session should mildly satisfy you. Maybe.

Guarantee your spot at this workshop with free online preregistration. After online registration is full, any additional seats will be reserved for walk-up attendees. There will be no waiting list.   

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, a critically acclaimed podcast about true scary stories from history that won the Best of iTunes award in 2015. The podcast is now in development for television with Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, the producer... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA