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Friday, April 29 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
2J: Building the World of the Novel: A Conversation with Jennifer Haigh and Joanna Rakoff FULL

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A novel unfolds in its own universe, a distinct microcosm with its own geography and geology, language and customs, historical and political context. Novelists Jennifer Haigh and Joanna Rakoff will discuss techniques for bringing this world into being: using concrete detail to evoke a landscape you know intimately, or not at all; the role of research, the rewards and perils of time travel, the importance of accuracy, and the pleasures of making it all up.

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Jennifer Haigh

Author, HEAT AND LIGHT
Jennifer Haigh’s sixth book, Heat and Light – her first novel in five years – will be published by Ecco in May 2016. In it, she returns to Bakerton, the Pennsylvania mining town at the center of two earlier books – a community now embroiled in the controversy over fracking. Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and... Read More →
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Joanna Rakoff

Author, MY SALINGER YEAR
Joanna Rakoff’s novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Whittier Room