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Saturday, October 13 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fiction: The Personal Is Political

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As the best fiction writers do, the three authors in this session use their craft to illuminate the human stories behind profound issues that play out on the world stage. In a twist on the traditional bildungsroman, debut novelist Lisa Locascio’s Open Me intimately portrays a young woman’s sexual awakening even as she grows increasingly wary of her lover’s stifling isolation and his anti-refugee sentiments. Malaysia is the backdrop for many of the fourteen loosely connected stories in YZ Chin’s Though I Get Home, whose themes include patriotism, political dissidence, corruption, state violence, and national identity. And, in Whiting Award-winning author John Wray’s harrowing novel Godsend, a young American woman who travels with her boyfriend to Pakistan in 2001 in a quest to deepen her Islamic faith finds herself caught up in Taliban fighting. Moderator Catherine Parnell, coeditor of Consequence Magazine, will lead a wide-ranging discussion about how fiction can capture the personal stories behind political realities.

Moderators
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Catherine Parnell

Catherine Parnell is an independent consultant as well as an instructor at GrubStreet in Boston. She’s the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, explores the culture of war, and recent publications include interviews... Read More →

Presenters
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YZ Chin

Y. Z. Chin is a synthesizer—she synthesizes words and culture and poetry and code into beautiful and useful things. By day, Chin is a software engineer. On the off hours, she is a poet and author. Her first book, Though I Get Home, is a heartfelt and harrowing collection of stories... Read More →
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Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio is the copublisher of Joyland and editor of 7x7LA and of the anthology Golden State 2017. Her work has been published in The Believer, Tin House, n+1, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She teaches at Mendocino College and is the director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference... Read More →
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John Wray

Novelist John Wray's debut novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, was the recipient of the Whiting Award. He has since published four additional novels, including Lowboy, The Lost Time Accidents, and his most recent novel, Godsend, about a young American woman drawn to religious extremism... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA

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