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Saturday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shape Shifting the Story: Fiction in Its Long and Short Forms

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Writing (or reading) the great American novel and wondering about the fate of the short story
are much discussed topics. But as storytelling now runs from the intensely personal spoken word to the sweeping look at current, or past, times, authors seem less content with one form for fiction. This panel looks at the many ways stories come to authors, considering fictions in their long and short forms. Mira T. Lee, Brendan Mathews, and Steve Yarbrough will consider the creative and productive tensions that inspire writing (and reading) both novels and short stories. Moderated by Jessica Keener, herself a novelist and story writer and sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book, the Commonwealth affiliate of the Library of Congress and administrator of the Massachusetts Book Awards.

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Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener is the author of the national bestselling debut novel Night Swim and a collection of award-winning stories, Women In Bed. Her newest novel, Strangers In Budapest, was a 2017 and 2018 Indie Next pick and a Southern Independent Bestseller. It was selected as a “Best... Read More →

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Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song and The World of Tomorrow. The World of Tomorrow was named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It was also named an Indie Next Great Read and an Editors... Read More →
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Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee's debut novel, Everything Here Is Beautiful, was selected as a Top 10 Debut by the American Booksellers Association and named a Best Fiction title of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, Real Simple, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Her stories and essays have appeared... Read More →
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Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World. His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of California, Prisoners of... Read More →


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