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Saturday, October 13 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Fiction: Between Cultures

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The fiction writers we’ll meet in this session all write about characters whose primary struggles transpire in the liminal spaces between places, viewpoints, or ways of life. Yang Huang’s interconnected short stories collected in My Old Faithful trace a three-decade family history in China and the United States, as personal joys and sorrows play out against the background of China’s rapid social and economic change. Family stories are also at the center of Fatima Farheen Mirza’s buzzed-about debut novel A Place for Us, as a family wedding in India reunites parents and children who have been divided by geography and generation. This session also features two Boston-centered novels. In Pushcart Prize-winning author Blair Hurley’s The Devoted, a young woman finds herself torn between a charismatic Zen master and the remnants of her rigid Catholic upbringing. And Sam Graham-Felsen’s coming-of-age novel Green takes readers back to the early 1990s, as a white boy attending a predominantly black middle school is compelled to acknowledge his own privilege for the first time. Bridging any gaps between these four talented writers is our moderator, award-winning writer and educator Adam Stumacher.

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Adam Stumacher

Adam Stumacher is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as an educator. His short stories have been published in Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, and was anthologized in Best New American Voices. He has won a Nelson Algren Award... Read More →

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Sam Graham-Felsen

Sam Graham-Felsen is an author, journalist, and the former blogger of the 2008 Barack Obama campaign. His debut novel is Green, which is set in Jamaica Plain and delves into white privilege, racism, and the dawning of racial awareness by chronicling the friendship of white David... Read More →
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Yang Huang

Yang Huang is both a successful writer and a computer engineer. Raised in China, Yang Huang moved to the United States for college. She earned a degree in computer science, and later her MFA from the University of Arizona. Her first novel, Living Treasures, was published in 2014... Read More →
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Blair Hurley

Blair Hurley is a writer, educator, and debut novelist. Her novel, The Devoted, is about a lost young woman who falls in love with Zen Buddhism and her spiritual teacher as she embarks on her spiritual and sexual coming of age. The book was named a top pick for summer and fall 2018... Read More →
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Fatima Farheen Mirza

Fatima Farheen Mirza is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. Her first novel, A Place for Us, was an "Indie Next List" pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. It was also the first book acquired by Sarah Jessica... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA