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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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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 confinement. Many of Donoghue’s novels are contextualized by the contemporary Irish experience, including Stir-fry, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; Hood, winner of the 1997 American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award for Literature; and Landing, winner of a Golden Crown Literary Award. Holding a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Donoghue is also a literary historian; her 2010 study Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature, won the Stonewall Non-Fiction Award from the American Library Association, and many of her novels and short stories--including Slammerkin, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Life Mask, Astray, and Frog Music--are inspired by real historical incidents. Her latest work, The Wonder, is a tense and transformative psychological thriller of rural Ireland.


More about The Wonder

Interview with The Guardian on adapting Room for film

Audio interviews with NPR