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Saturday, October 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Reading Like a Writer: Debuts

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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 debut novelists: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (Eden), Annie Hartnett (Rabbit Cake), and Weike Wang (Chemistry). Our host is Michelle Hoover, author most recently of the novel Bottomland and facilitator of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program.


Moderators
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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 →

Presenters
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Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg had a successful career in finance and in US Squash before embarking on a new career as an author. A graduate of Smith College, Blasberg spent much of her career on Wall Street and the management of Macy’s. She also rose to prominence as a nationally recognized squash player, later serving as the first female board chair of the US Squash association. Always a writer and journal writer, Blasberg eventually decided to enroll in memoir and fiction classes at GrubStreet. Her first novel is Eden, which tells the story of multiple generations of the family that summers at their summer home called Eden as each generation tries to escape the patterns and failures of the generations... Read More →
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Annie Hartnett

Annie Hartnett’s debut novel Rabbit Cake—a darkly comic tale of young Elvis Babbitt’s battle with grief—has garnered a lot of critical attention. The book was the subject of starred reviews in Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly and was picked as an Indie Next Pick and an Indies Introduce selection, as well as being longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Hartnett was the... Read More →
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Weike Wang

Weike Wang’s debut novel is Chemistry, which the Washington Post called “the most assured novel about indecisiveness you’ll ever read.” Apparently Sherman Alexie agreed, since he recently named Wang to the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" list. Wang holds a doctorate in public health from Harvard University and an MFA from Boston University, where she also taught. Wang is a senior consultant for China Educational Development and Consulting Associates. Her fiction has been featured in Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The Journal, Ploughshares, Redivider, and SmokeLong Quarterly... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place