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Saturday, October 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Massachusetts Fiction Writers on Their Craft and Culture

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Three highly acclaimed Massachusetts fiction writers who have recently turned to critical  works on craft and culture--Christopher  Castellani (The Art of Perspective), Gish Jen  (Tiger Writing, The Girl at the Baggage Claim), and Margot Livesey (The Hidden Machinery)--join moderator Sven Birkerts (Then Again: The Art of Time in Memoir) to  discuss this critical turn and its relationship to their fiction. Is there a difference in their fiction and criticism? Or is fiction also a critical intervention? Who do they imagine as their readers in  each case? The panel is sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book, administrator of, among other programs, the Massachusetts Book Awards.

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Sven Birkerts

Sven  Birkerts is  the  author  of  ten  books  of  criticism,  essays,  and  memoir.  Former  Director  of  the  Bennington  Writing  Seminars,  he  currently  edits  the  journal  AGNI,  based  at  Boston University.  

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena, which received a Massachusetts... Read More →
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Gish Jen

Gish Jen writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, and other magazines. Four of them have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Featured... Read More →
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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has taught in numerous writing programs including Emerson College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program, and is the author of a collection of stories and eight... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA