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Saturday, October 19 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Readings: Family

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The three novelists whose work we’ll hear in this session all tackle issues of family, in all its warmth, messiness, and imperfections. Leah Hager Cohen, in Strangers and Cousins, explores family tribalism in the context of a wedding. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, praised Cohen’s novel for “exploring the psychic depths of a seemingly ordinary event.” Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne’s Appalachian-set debut novel, Holding on to Nothing, also starts with a wedding—but in this case it’s a shotgun wedding between high-achieving Lucy and bad boy Jephtha. Can they form and maintain a family with few role models to draw on? And in The Forgotten Hours, praised by Kirkus as “a page-turner that also speaks to broader questions of sexual abuse, family loyalty, and the mutability of memory,” debut novelist Katrin Schumann raises profound questions about friendship and family loyalty, when a teenager’s father is accused of rape by her best friend. Our host for this session of readings is writer, editor, and book reviewer Bradley Babendir.

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Bradley Babendir

Bradley Babendir is a writer and editor based in Boston. He writes about books, culture, and politics and has been published in the Paris Review, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Rumpus, Washington Post, Kenyon Review, NPR, LA Review of Books, and other publications.

Presenters
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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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Katrin Schumann

Writer Katrin Schumann was born in Germany but grew up in Brooklyn and London—as a consequence, most of her writing explores our search for a sense of belonging, and the struggle to define ourselves in the context of our circumstances. Her work has been featured in the London Times... Read More →
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Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of six novels and five nonfiction works. Her work has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Cohen is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

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