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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Readings: Past and Present

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Three novelists whose writing vividly brings the past to life will read from their work. Crystal King takes readers all the way back to ancient Rome in Feast of Sorrow, her debut novel that whisks together an irresistible blend of power, intrigue, and sensuous descriptions of opulent food. Julie Lekstrom Himes offers a glimpse of more recent history in Mikhail and Margarita, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Against the backdrop of 1930s USSR and its hostility to art and artists, Himes traces the real-life genesis of satirical novelist Mikhail Bulgakov’s most famous work. Finally, Ellen Herrick sets Forbidden Garden, a sequel to The Sparrow Sisters, in the present day, but her protagonist soon recognizes echoes of the past in her own life and work when she is assigned to restore a walled Shakespeare garden. This session of fiction readings will be hosted by Robin Kall, curator of the Point Street Reading Series and host of the radio program Reading with Robin.

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Robin Kall

Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. From sneaking copies of Judy Blume from her childhood librarian to developing her own radio program, Reading With Robin, in 2002, Kall is a literary influencer and book pusher in her own right. Over the past fifteen years Kall has built a devoted and passionate following both in her local Rhode Island, online, and wherever there are readers. In addition to her talk show, Kall has hosted countless... Read More →

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Ellen Herrick

Once upon a time, Ellen Herrick was a publishing executive in New York City. Then she moved to the UK for what was supposed to be two years, but turned out to be twenty. Since then, she has returned to the United States and become a novelist. Her first novel was The Sparrow Sisters, a story of the enchanted and cursed life of the sisters who capture magic, and through that, the ire of the people of Granite Pointe. Her second novel, The Forbidden Garden, focuses on the eldest sister, Sorrel, who is hired to restore a garden in an aged estate in England. In both the garden and in certain members of the family of Kirkwood Hall, she finds more than she bargained... Read More →
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Julie Lekstrom Himes

Julie Lekstrom Himes’s debut novel, Mikhail and Margarita, explores the life of another writer, the beloved Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. In his most celebrated novel, The Master and Margarita, the devil visits Moscow and galavants with the passionate woman Margarita. Bulgakov himself led a fascinating life as a country doctor and later a writer in Moscow who was often censored under... Read More →
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Crystal King

Crystal King is the author of FEAST OF SORROW, about the ancient Roman gourmand, Apicius. A culinary enthusiast and marketing expert, her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativi... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA