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Saturday, October 19 • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Readings: Past and Present

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Today’s final readings session features three novels that engage with the past in ways that remain relevant today. Rachel Barenbaum’s debut novel, A Bend in the Stars, is set in 1914 Russia, and explores the intersections of science and medicine with the struggles of Russia’s Jews. Kris Frieswick’s debut, The Ghost Manuscript, is set in the present day but features a rare-book authenticator drawn into a mystery surrounding a sixth-century Welsh manuscript. And Marjan Kamali’s new novel, The Stationery Shop, bridges the present and the recent past. Sixty years after losing her first love, a political activist she met when both were young in Tehran, Roya has the opportunity to reconnect with him—and discover what went wrong. Appropriately enough, the host for this session is Kit Haggard, director of Boston’s first-in-the-nation Literary District, which celebrates Boston’s literary past and supports its present.

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Kit Haggard

Kit Haggard is an award-winning writer currently based in Boston. She is known for a number of critical essays on LGBTQ literature and the composition class she teaches at Emerson College focuses on the intersection of language and identity. Haggard’s fiction can be found in the... Read More →

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Kris Frieswick

Kris Frieswick is an award-winning editor, journalist, humorist, and author. She is the current deputy editor of the Mansion section of the Wall Street Journal, and her work can be found in the Economist, the Boston Globe Magazine, Departures, Medium, and other publications. The... Read More →
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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali is a novelist and teacher whose work has been both anthologized and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A graduate of UC Berkeley with an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from New York University, Kamali is a teacher of writing at GrubStreet and former adjunct business... Read More →
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Rachel Barenbaum

Rachel Barenbaum is a novelist and book reviewer for the LA Review of Books and DeadDarlings. With degrees in business and literature and philosophy from Harvard University, she is also a graduate of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet. She has interviewed authors such as Madeline... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116