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Saturday, October 13 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Reading Like a Writer: Setting

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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 captured a character’s distinctive personality? In these three 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 authors whose recent novels offer vivid portraits of places--from Havana to rural Vermont: Robin MacArthur (Heart Spring Mountain), William Martin (Bound for Gold), and Laura van den Berg (The Third Hotel). Our host is novelist Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House

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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis has dedicated her career to telling stories. Her debut novel, The Clover House (2013), was called a “stunning debut novel” by USA Today. She earned degrees in English literature from Middlebury College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) and the University... Read More →

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Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the award-winning author of two novels, two story collections, and numerous stories and essays. Her first novel, Find Me (2015), was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and was selected as a best book of the year by NPR and Buzzfeed. Her... Read More →
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Robin MacArthur

Robin MacArthur is a writer, educator, and musician. She is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology and is half of the folk-music duo Red Heart the Ticker. MacArthur has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Creation Grants. Her debut... Read More →
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William Martin

New York Times bestselling author William Martin is a historical fiction writer of legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis to The City of Dreams. His first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
BPL McKim Lower Level B Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA