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Saturday, October 28 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Reading Like a Writer: Perspective

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Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of authors whose recent fiction offers strong and sensitive narrative perspectives: Rachel Kadish (The Weight of Ink), Brendan Mathews (The World of Tomorrow), and Paul Yoon (The Mountain). Our host is Dawn Tripp, author most recently of the novel Georgia.

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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. Her most recent work, Georgia--a national bestseller and Indie Next pick--is a historical novel of Georgia... Read More →

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Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish is an award-winning novelist beloved by critics and readers alike. She is the author of From a Sealed Room (1998) and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story (2006), as well as the novella I Was Here (2014). Her stories and essays have been widely published, featured in outlets like Ploughshares, Tin House, and the New York Times. She has also been a National Endowment for the Arts and a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow, as well as a writer in residence at Stanford. Kadish is a graduate of Princeton University and currently teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University. Her latest novel is The Weight of Ink, which Kirkus called "chock-full of rich detail and literary... Read More →
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Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews is a writer and scholar who has taught on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University College Cork. Stateside, he has taught at Bard College at Simon’s Rock since 2007. In addition to the Fulbright, Mathews has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (2015), a Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant (2015), and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2012), among others. His work has been published in... Read More →
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Paul Yoon

Paul Yoon is an O. Henry Award-winning and celebrated author and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University. Yoon’s debut novel Once the Shore (2009), was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut of the Year by NPR and won a 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. His novel, Snow Hunters (2013), won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award. He is a former fellow at the New York Public... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA