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Saturday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Reading Like a Writer: Setting

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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 novels offer vivid portraits of places--from Havana to Nairobi: Lauren Acampora (The Paper Wasp), Jennifer Acker (The Limits of the World), and Pablo Medina (The Cuban Comedy). 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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Jennifer Acker

Jennifer Acker teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship, organizes LitFest, and is the founder and editor in chief of their literary review, The Common. Her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews can be found in... Read More →
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Lauren Acampora

Lauren Acampora is a novelist and short fiction writer whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, Guernica, New England Review, Missouri Review, Antioch Review, and Prairie Schooner. A graduate of Brown University, she has contributed to the New York Times Book Review and LitHub... Read More →
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Pablo Medina

Pablo Medina is a Cuban American poet and novelist. He has written eighteen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. Medina was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to New York City at the age of twelve. His new novel is The Cuban Comedy, called “compulsively readable... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
BPL Orientation Room 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116