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Saturday, October 28 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Reading Like a Writer: Setting

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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 conjures up a particularly evocative sense of place: Brunonia Barry (The Fifth Petal, which is set in Salem), Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy, set in Florence and Boston), and Erica Ferencik (The River at Night, set in the Maine wilderness). Our host is Henriette Lazaridis, whose novel The Clover House is set largely in Greece.

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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis’s work has been published in the New England Review, the New York Times online, Elle, and elsewhere. Lazaridis is the founding editor of The Drum online literary magazine. Her debut novel, The Clover House, explores issues of exile, nostalgia, belonging, and i... Read More →

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Brunonia Barry

Author Brunonia Barry blazed her own unconventional path to literary stardom with her first novel, The Lace Reader. The self-published debut gained local acclaim after Barry submitted her drafts to area book clubs for feedback; the finished novel gained enough buzz that it was given a starred review in Publishers Weekly and eventually signed to a major publishing house. Although she published her debut novel well into adulthood, Barry has always pursued writing and the arts. After studying creative writing and literature at Green Mountain College and the University of New Hampshire, Barry ran promotional campaigns for several major Chicago theaters and worked in Hollywood for a decade before returning to Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. In addition to writing novels, Barry is now an accomplished speaker. Her second novel, The Map of True Places (2011), was widely praised. Her newest novel is The Fifth Petal--like Barry's earlier novels, it is set in evocative, mystery-infused Salem... Read More →
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Jessie Chaffee

Florence in Ecstasy, a tale of finding oneself in Florence, Italy, is Jessie Chaffee’s debut novel. Prior to completing the novel, Chaffee was a 2014–2015 Fulbright scholar and spent time in Italy completing her debut novel and serving as a writer-in-residence at the Florence University of the Arts. She is currently the blog editor of Words Without Borders, and her writing has been featured in The Rumpus, Bluestem, Global City Review, and Big Bridge, among... Read More →
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Erica Ferencik

Now several years into her career as a novelist, polymath Erica Ferencik came to it by way of careers as a painter and a stand-up comedian. Ferencik started as a fine artist and painter and received her undergraduate degree from UMass Boston. She later spent ten years performing as a stand-up comedian, even doing some writing for David Letterman at the Late Show. Her first book was a satirical novel, Cracks in the Foundation, published in 2008. Her second novel was Repeaters, a contemporary fantasy novel that Kirkus called... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Boston Common Hotel Hancock 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA