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Saturday, October 19 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Fiction: Campus Novels

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From Harvard, MIT, and Lesley to Emerson, BC, and BU, the Boston Book Festival’s author lineup has always been enriched by our proximity to so many world-class colleges and universities. It’s about time that we put together a session of novels set on campus, too! Debut novelist Elizabeth Ames lives with her family on Harvard’s campus, so she knows of what she writes; her novel The Other’s Gold explores the moral crises of four dorm suitemates both during and after college. In Around Harvard Square, CJ Farley, former editor of the Harvard Lampoon, pens a satirical novel that touches on issues of race, class, and privilege. Mona Awad’s darkly comedic Bunny might make any aspiring MFA students think twice about their choices, as an outsider desperate for acceptance gets invited to an exclusive workshop--and drawn into a nightmarish world. And Jeanne Blasberg’s The Nine is set on the campus of an exclusive New Hampshire boarding school whose ivy-clad walls hide some sinister secrets. Pull on your favorite college sweatshirt and join us for a master class in storytelling, hosted by novelist Lisa Borders, author most recently of The Fifty-First State.

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Lisa Borders

Lisa Borders is the author of two novels, The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award in 2002. Cloud Cuckoo Land received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards and was a finalist... Read More →

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CJ Farley

CJ Farley is an author, journalist, and columnist. He is the author of novels and biographies, including Kingston by Starlight, a fact-based novel about an Irish immigrant in the Caribbean; Game World, a children’s book building off video game culture and Jamaican folklore; My Favorite... Read More →
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Elizabeth Ames

Elizabeth Ames is a novelist and short story writer whose work has appeared in Ninth Letter and Third Coast. Winner of two Hopwood Awards, Ames holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. A part of the community at Quincy House, a residential dormitory at Harvard University, Ames... Read More →
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Jeanne Blasberg

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg had a successful career in finance and in US Squash before embarking on a new career as an author. A graduate of Smith College, Blasberg spent much of her career on Wall Street and the management of Macy’s. She also rose to prominence as a nationally recognized... Read More →
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Mona Awad

Mona Awad’s debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, won the Amazon Best First Novel Award and the Colorado Book Book Award, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the International Dublin Award. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
BAC Beehive 951 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02115