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Saturday, October 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
BBF Unbound: Long Time Gone

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We may leave our childhood homes behind, but for some writers, our minds still dwell there, and our work stays rooted in the fertile soil of places left behind. We leave for reasons of economics, education, violence, or love, among others, but these places where we came of age leave their imprint on us--sometimes as a sweetness, sometimes as a scar, often both. Who are we to write about a place we have left behind? In this multi-genre session, Boston-based authors Desmond Hall, Marjan Kamali, and Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne will explore what it is about exile from our homelands (whether voluntary or not) that keeps us tethered to these places, how we wrestle with legacies, the benefits and burdens of writing about a place you only inhabit in your mind, how to access the small details of a place that make for great fiction and nonfiction, and when (or if) it’s time to move on. Our tour guide for this session is Kelly J. Ford, author of the novel Cottonmouths.

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Kelly J. Ford

Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, one of Los Angeles Review’s best books of 2017 for “its ability to go beneath the surface, striking impressive depths of character and setting.” Her shorter work can be found in Black Heart Magazine, Post Road Magazine, and others... Read More →

Presenters
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Desmond Hall

Writer Desmond Hall was born in Jamaica. His debut YA novel, Your Corner Dark, is set on the unforgiving streets and majestic mountains surrounding Kingston and tells the story of Frankie, an ambitious high school student who has just earned a ticket out with a full ride scholarship... Read More →
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Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is a novelist, essayist, and journalist whose reports on public health have appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine, and GlobalPost. A former editor at the Atlantic, she is a graduate of both Amherst College and GrubStreet’s... Read More →
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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali is a novelist and teacher whose work has been both anthologized and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A graduate of UC Berkeley with an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from New York University, Kamali is a teacher of writing at GrubStreet and former adjunct business... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116

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