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Sunday, October 20 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Memoir: Origin Stories

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We are all products of both our family and the time and place we live in. The three accomplished memoirists in this session explore aspects of the power of home and family in identity creation. Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House, longlisted for a National Book Award for nonfiction, is, according to the New York Times review, “among the essential memoirs of this vexing decade.” The yellow house in New Orleans East was witness to the lives of Broom and her eleven siblings. Maureen Stanton, who grew up in the shadow of Walpole State Prison, describes in Body Leaping Backward how, as her family simultaneously dissolves and loses its toehold in the middle class, Stanton also descends into drug use and criminal behavior. People Magazine, which chose Stanton's memoir as a "Best New Book" called Body Leaping Backward "a blazingly important memoir about the possibility of change." Grace Talusan’s The Body Papers, a memoir in essays, tells a riveting story of her immigrant Filipino family and of her abuse within that family. Novelist Celeste Ng praised Talusan’s memoir, noting that “Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us." Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH radio, will moderate the discussion with these talented authors.

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Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is a radio and TV host, award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, and commentator. She hosts Basic Black, a show focusing on current events concerning communities of color, as well as the weekly talk show Under the Radar with Callie Crossley on WGBH radio... Read More →

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Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is a memoirist, essayist, journalist, and author who teaches writing at Tufts University. Also a teacher at GrubStreet, Talusan has had work appear in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Rumpus. A graduate of Tufts University and... Read More →
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Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton is the author of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting and Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood, which Kirkus Reviews dubbed a “compellingly honest coming-of-age memoir.” She... Read More →
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Sarah M. Broom

Sarah Broom is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, and the Oxford American. She earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and has been awarded fellowships at Djerassi Resident... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bolling School Committee Room 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119