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Saturday, October 19 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Reading Like a Writer: Perspective

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Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how and why he pushes the boundaries of genre and form? 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, and 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 novels offer innovative and sometimes surprising narrative perspectives: Susan Choi (Trust Exercise), Daphne Kalotay (Blue Hours), and Sandra Newman (The Heavens). Our host is novelist Dawn Tripp, author most recently of Georgia.

Moderators
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Dawn Tripp

Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction, Dawn Tripp is the author of Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, which was awarded the 2017 Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature, and three previous novels: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston... Read More →

Presenters
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Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman is a nonfiction writer, memoirist, and author of The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, The Country of Ice Cream Star, Changeling, and The Western Lit Survival Kit. Her most recent novel, The Heavens, was called “a strange and beautiful hybrid” by the New York... Read More →
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Susan Choi

Susan Choi is a novelist and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the author of The Foreign Student (1998), which won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction; American Woman, which was a finalist for the 2004... Read More →
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Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay is a novelist, short story writer, educator, and reviewer. Her work has appeared in the Florida Review, the Paris Review, Poets & Writers, AGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, and Consequence, and she has contributed book reviews... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
BPL McKim Exhibition Hall 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

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