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Saturday, April 30 • 9:00am - 10:30am
5B: Writing on the Hyphen: Capturing the Authentic and Avoiding the Stereotype LIMITED

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How do we write fiction that captures specific cultural experiences without giving in to stereotypes and branding? How do we explore the authenticity of a culture without falling into the trap of being an “ethnic” or ghettoized writer? In this session, three authors whose books successfully straddle different cultures and/or identities will explore the many ways to balance writing on the hyphen. You will walk away with ideas on how to address ethnicity and "difference" in your own work, and how to position yourself as a writer of authenticity, not just ethnicity. 

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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea (EccoBooks/HarperCollins) was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the anthologies Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been and Tremors and she’s written for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles... Read More →
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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel, The Clover House, was a Boston Globe best-seller and a Target Emerging Authors selection for April 2013. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, New England Review, the New York Times online, The Millions, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere, and she was the recipient of a 2006 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant. In 2010, she launched The Drum, a... Read More →
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Jennie Wood

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series published by 215 Ink. Featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and on Law & Order: SVU, Flutter is one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, according to The Advocate. Bleeding Cool lists Flutter as one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014. Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous has been named a 2015 Graphic Novel Diversity Award Honor Book... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Beacon Hill Room

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