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Saturday, October 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fiction: Writing the Writers

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“Write what you know,” goes the old adage for beginning writers. The three renowned novelists who join us for this session certainly no longer need to follow this advice; nevertheless, in their recent work, all three creatively imagine their way into the lives of real-life characters with whom they share a vocation: writing and publishing. Christopher Castellani’s Leading Men explores the legacy of a pivotal summer in the lives and careers of playwright Tennessee Williams, his lover Frank Merlo, and actress Anja Bloom. The title character in Steven Rowley’s The Editor is none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was a book editor late in her life and who, in Rowley’s novel, develops a friendship and mentorship with a debut novelist. In her exquisitely researched new novel Dawson’s Fall, Roxana Robinson finds inspiration in the letters and diaries of her own great-grandparents as she traces the career of a newspaper publisher struggling to navigate the thorny moral landscape of post–Civil War Charleston. Robin Kall, host of the podcast Reading with Robin and the Cardigan Connection reading series, will lead a discussion about the divide between public figures and private lives and about how fiction writers can use their craft to imagine and elucidate the lives of real-life figures both like and unlike themselves. Sponsored by Greenough Brand Storytellers

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Robin Kall

Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. From sneaking copies of Judy Blume from her childhood librarian to developing her own radio program, Reading with Robin, in 2002, Kall is a literary influencer and book pusher in her own right. Over the past fifteen years Kall has built a... Read More →

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels All This Talk of Love, which was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena, which received a Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. His book of essays on... Read More →
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Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson is the award-winning author of ten books: six novels, three short-story collections, and a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her fiction has been widely anthologized and broadcast on NPR and can be found in numerous literary journals and websites including the New Yorker... Read More →
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Steven Rowley

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus. A starred review in Publishers Weekly called his new book, The Editor, “a winning dissection of family, forgiveness, and fame.” His books have been published in nineteen languages and are both set to be adapted for... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
BPL Abbey Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116