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Saturday, October 28 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fiction Keynote

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“At some point, all of this, everything and everyone, became memory,” writes National Book Award–winning author Jacqueline Woodson at the end of her novel Another Brooklyn. “Someday I’ll look back and ‘then’ will be a speck on the horizon,” notes the narrator of bestselling novelist Claire Messud’s latest book, The Burning Girl. The mutability of memory, the swift passage of time, the use of stories to make sense of experience, the treacherous landscape of female adolescence, and the simultaneous vitality and volatility of teenage girls’ friendships—these are common threads that run through these narratives, as both writers draw perceptive, unsentimental portraits of young women growing up and growing apart. This year’s unconventional take on the BBF’s annual fiction keynote brings these two visionary artists together in conversation about their latest work, in a session hosted by UMass Boston English professor Sari Edelstein, whose research addresses the literature of coming of age.

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Sari Edelstein

Sari Edelstein is an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches courses in US literature and culture. She is the author of Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing and is currently at work on a book... Read More →

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Claire Messud

Claire Messud, "a novelist of unnerving talent" according to the New York Times, published her debut novel, When the World Was Steady, in 1995. That was followed by The Last Life in 1999 and The Hunters in 2001. In 2006 she released her most commercially successful and critically... Read More →
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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the award-winning author of works for children and young adults. Her memoir in verse for young readers, Brown Girl Dreaming, was the 2014 winner of the National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor Book. Brown Girl Dreaming also won the NAACP Image Award and the... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Church of the Covenant