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Saturday, October 28 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Readings: Essays and Musings

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This session of readings brings together three authors whose works celebrate the vitality and sheer variety of writings drawn from real life. Native New Englanders love to talk about the weather; Boston writer Will Dowd likes to write about it, too, in his debut essay collection Areas of Fog, which also offers allusive meditations on history, literature, and the changing seasons. In Landslide, writer and translator Minna Zallman Proctor employs interconnected personal essays to make sense of her life’s relationships, from the complicated one with her mother to her own marriages and motherhood. Writer and artist Leslie Stein, whose comics diary regularly appears on Vice.com, collects her perceptive and bittersweet observations of life in New York in the beautiful and delicately illustrated collection Present. Our host for this session of thoughtful and eclectic essays is Anjali Mitter Duva, author of the novel Faint Promise of Rain and one of the curators of the Arlington Author Salon.


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Anjali Mitter Duva

Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian American writer raised in France. She is the author of the bestselling Faint Promise of Rain. She is also a co-founder of Chhandika, a nonprofit organization that teaches and presents India's classical storytelling kathak dance. Educated at Brown U... Read More →

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Will Dowd

Will Dowd is a burgeoning poet and artist. He has been a national Jacob K. Javits Fellow in poetry, a creator of biographical broadside art pieces, and has written a meditative book of essays about New England weather patterns. That book, Areas of Fog, is his debut book, although his poems have been published in The Rialto, Barrow Street, 5 AM, Post Road, 32 Poems, Eclipse, and Boston College Magazine. In 2010 he was selected as the recipient of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Scholarship at the Key West Literary Seminar by Paul Muldoon. Dowd holds a BA from Boston College, an MS from MIT, and an MFA in creative writing from New York University... Read More →
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Minna Zallman Proctor

Minna Zallman Proctor is a writer, translator, and educator who began her publishing career in 1995. She is the editor-in-chief at The Literary Review and the author of Landslide: True Stories (2017) and Do You Hear What I Hear? (2004), as well as the Italian translator of several works, including Love in Vain, Selected Stories of Federigo Tozzi, which won the PEN Poggioli Prize in 1998. She wrote I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (2017) with Bethany Beardslee. Proctor has served as the editor of Colors and the managing editor of Bomb, and her work has been published in publications such as Aperture, Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Guilt... Read More →
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Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician who has made a splash with her uniquely stylized pen and ink and watercolor art. Her 2015 book, Bright Eyed at Midnight, was the compilation of a year-long project of creating a daily comic. She is also the author of the three-volume comic, Eye of the Majestic Creature. Stein is also a member of the band Prince... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA