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Saturday, October 19 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Readings: Debut Novels

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Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel? These three first-time novelists—all of whom have led distinguished careers in other fields before turning to fiction—are here to tell you it’s not too late! In this session of readings, we’ll hear from composer and Berklee professor Bill Banfield, whose novel Cedric’s Truth follows a protagonist navigating the intersections of artistic production and political activism. Playwright, poet, and journalist Mark Guerin turns his pen to fiction in You Can See More from Up Here, about a middle-aged man whose present-day experience of loss prompts him to revisit the rifts of the past. And, in The Last Book Party, journalist and speechwriter Karen Dukess pens a coming-of-age story set amid the Cape Cod summer homes of New York literati. Our host for this session is Jessica A. Kent, founder and editor-in-chief of the popular Boston Book Blog.

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Jessica A. Kent

Jessica A. Kent is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boston Book Blog, a website that covers the local literary community. Previous publications include The Emerson Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Boston Thought, and Relevant Magazine, as well as being a recipient of the Lea... Read More →

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Bill Banfield

Bill Banfield is a composer, recording artist, and author of multiple books. The Director of Africana Studies and a professor at Berklee College of Music, Banfield is the author of Cultural Codes, about the incorporation of the artist’s values into cultural aesthetic; Black Notes... Read More →
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Karen Dukess

Before Karen Dukess became an author, she was a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia, and a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has also blogged for the Huffington Post... Read More →
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Mark Guerin

Mark Guerin is an author, playwright, copywriter, and journalist from Boston. He won an Illinois Arts Council Grant, the Mimi Steinberg Award for Playwriting, and Sigma Tau Delta’s Eleanor B. North Poetry Award, and is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. You Can... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116