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Writing Women, Writing Resilience

Susan Abulhawa (Against the Loveless World), Peace Adzo Medie (His Only Wife), and Diane Zinna (The All-Night Sun) discuss their new novels and the irrepressible women whose stories they tell, including a young Palestinian reflecting on her life while in solitary confinement, a young seamstress in Ghana seeking independence while navigating marriage and family, and an American teacher traveling in Sweden who is forced to finally come to grips with her buried grief.

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March 19, 2021 | 4PM – 5PM | VIRTUAL
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Coming of Age in YA Fiction

Novelists Mahogany Browne (Chlorine Sky), Robin Farmer (Malcolm and Me), and Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College) discuss their coming-of-age YA novels that grapple with race, social justice, family, friendship, and romance.

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March 20, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | VIRTUAL
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Contemporary Romance with Karen Grey, Tif Marcelo & Lorelei Parker

Karen Grey (What I’m Looking For), Tif Marcelo (Once Upon a Sunset), and Lorelei Parker (Crushing It) discuss their contemporary romance novels, featuring healthy doses of romantic comedy, passion, and heartwarming second chances.

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March 25, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | VIRTUAL
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Yellow Wife with Sadeqa Johnson

Novelist Sadeqa Johnson discusses her latest book, Yellow Wife, the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

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March 24, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM | VIRTUAL
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Girls in the World: Middle-Grade Fiction

Middle-grade novelists Elizabeth Bunce (Premeditated Myrtle), Hena Khan (Amina’s Song), and Angie Smibert (The Truce) discuss their new stories of girls finding their voices and using their wits to solve mysteries, overcome challenges, and bring people together.

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March 21, 2021 | 2PM – 3PM | VIRTUAL
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The Secrets We Keep: Literary Fiction

Bill Clegg (The End of the Day), Zeyn Joukhadar (The Thirty Names of Night), and Zak Salih (Let’s Get Back to the Party) discuss their new novels exploring the mysteries of self and community, from the bonds and breaking points of friendship across generations, to a closeted Syrian-American trans boy’s search for family, and childhood friends’ attempts to navigate queer culture in contemporary Washington, D.C.

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March 24, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | VIRTUAL
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Homeland Elegies with Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies) discusses his latest novel, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams.

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March 25, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM | VIRTUAL
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The Art of the Short Story: John Lanchester & Te-Ping Chen

John Lanchester (Reality and Other Stories) and Te-Ping Chen (Land of Big Numbers: Stories) discuss their new collections of short stories which grapple with questions of interpersonal connection, technology, ambition, and distraction, through a mixture of witty literary fiction, magical realism, and cultural criticism.

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March 22, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM | VIRTUAL
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BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction

Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs) and Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer) discuss their works of speculative fiction for YA and adult audiences, as well as their experiences as women of color writing BIPOC characters in science fiction and fantasy.

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March 21, 2021 | 4PM – 4:45PM | VIRTUAL
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Historical Fiction: Rachel Beanland, Brian Castleberry & Lauren Francis-Sharma

Novelists Rachel Beanland (Florence Adler Swims Forever), Brian Castleberry (Nine Shiny Objects), and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) discuss their sweeping works of historical fiction, ranging from 18th-century Trinidad to 20th-century America, and grappling with colonialism, family secrets, racism, and questions of belief.

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March 18, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | VIRTUAL
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Indigenous Lit: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Kelli Jo Ford & Diane Wilson

Novelists Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Even As We Breathe), Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), and Diane Wilson (The Seed Keeper) discuss their work as indigenous writers celebrating Dakota and Cherokee cultures and traditions amid larger forces of history, religion, and class in America.

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March 17, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | VIRTUAL
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