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Saturday, October 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fiction: The Complexities of War

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Wars have always been tragic, messy, and complicated to understand; novelists are perhaps uniquely equipped to help readers comprehend not only the scope of war but also its complex personal toll. Tim Murphy’s novel Correspondents spans nearly a century, but focuses largely on the Iraq War after 9/11, as a Boston-born journalist and her Iraqi translator navigate their complicated cultural heritages as they struggle to make sense of a senseless conflict. Ethiopian-born novelist Maaza Mengiste narrates the story of a young servant girl turned soldier during the 1935 Italian invasion that devastated her home country. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises The Shadow King’s “evocative, mesmerizing account of the role of women during wartime.” Abbigail Rosewood’s If I Had Two Lives intimately explores the personal legacy of war, as a young woman who spent much of her childhood in a Vietnamese military camp finds echoes of that past in her present-day relationships. Their conversation will be moderated by Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor of Consequence Magazine, which focuses on the culture and consequences of war.

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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell teaches creative writing at GrubStreet in Boston. She is the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine, and her work has appeared in Post Road, Slush Pile, Baltimore Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Fiction Daily, Dos Passos Review, and other publications... Read More →

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Abbigail N. Rosewood

Abbigail N. Rosewood is a fiction writer whose work has been published in literary journals including The Adirondack Review, Columbia Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, and The Missing Slate. Rosewood earned her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. In 2012, she was the recipient... Read More →
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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is an award-winning novelist and essayist. She was born in Addis Ababa but spent her childhood in Nigeria, Kenya, and the United States after her family fled the Ethiopian Revolution. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was named one of the ten best contemporary... Read More →
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Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is a novelist and journalist whose work, which focuses mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, has appeared in publications including the New York Times, New York Magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. He is the author... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116