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

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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 fiction is experimental in nature, offering both challenges and rewards for readers: Christopher Boucher (Big Giant Floating Head), Sarah Rose Etter (The Book of X), and Ron MacLean (We Might As Well Light Something on Fire). Our host is novelist Michelle Hoover, author most recently of Bottomland.

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Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is an award-winning author and innovative writing professor and educator. She is the head and cofounder of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet and has been teaching creative writing in different capacities for years. A writing professor at Boston University for... Read More →

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Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher is a novelist, editor, and professor. He is author of the novels How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, about a man grieving the losses of his father and ‘60s Volkswagen Beetle, and Golden Delicious, about a Massachusetts town torn apart by economic strife. Also... Read More →
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Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean is the author of Headlong, winner of the 2013 Indie Book Award for Best Mystery, and two previous books: Blue Winnetka Skies and Why the Long Face?. His short fiction has appeared in GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is a... Read More →
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Sarah Rose Etter

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party, her debut collection of short stories that was selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the Caketrain Press award. Her first novel, The Book of X, was described as "a relentlessly original look at what it means to exist in a female... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
BAC Beehive 951 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02115