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Saturday, October 13 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Readings: Reimagining History

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In this session, we’ll hear readings by three inventive novelists whose fiction takes a decidedly unconventional approach to retelling history. In the first two volumes of her Winternight trilogy (most recently The Girl in the Tower) Katherine Arden skillfully weaves together medieval Russian history and fairy tales in a combination that Kirkus praises for “[transforming] old material into something fresh.” Debut novelist Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox (called a “cunning masterpiece of vulpine versatility” by the New Yorker) is simultaneously a genderqueer reimagining of the legendary eighteenth-century outlaw Jack Sheppard and a satire of modern-day academia. And in his retro-Afrofuturistic novella The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark populates nineteenth-century New Orleans with airships, Haitian sky smugglers, and powerful orisha magic. Our host for this journey into an imagined past is novelist Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls. Sponsored by BookBub.

Moderators
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Jennifer S. Brown

Jennifer S. Brown lives, writes, runs, and mothers in the suburbs of Boston. She earned a BFA in filmmaking from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. Brown later worked as an editor at what was then billed a, “that little online bookstore... Read More →

Presenters
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Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden is the author of the dark and whimsical Winternight trilogy that reimagines myth and being a woman in Medieval Russia. The first in the series and her debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was a bestseller that Booklist called “utterly bewitching” in a starred... Read More →
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P. Djèlí Clark

P. Djèlí Clark is a writer of speculative fiction that explores African American and Afro-Caribbean magic and mythology. His short stories have been published in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Tor.com, and the anthologies Griots I & II, Steamfunk... Read More →
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Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, a New York Times Editor's Choice selection that was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He is a professor of eighteenth-century literature, gender and sexuality studies, and critical theory at the University... Read More →

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Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
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