Thursday, October 22, 2020
This session is dedicated to the memory of author Randall Kenan. For the past several years, the BBF’s “Reading LIke a Writer” series of craft-focused author discussions have become fan favorites, giving attendees an opportunity to dig deep and gain insights into the choices that shape a writer’s craft. In this session, host Dawn Tripp will guide us through close readings of excerpts from the work of three authors whose new fiction presents a variety of narrative perspectives. In Passage West, novelist (and past One City One Story author) Rishi Reddi uses a variety of storytelling techniques, including letters, to trace the epic yet intimate story of a family of Indian sharecroppers in California’s agricultural valleys in the early twentieth century. In The Boy in the Field, Margot Livesey alternates among the perspectives of three teenaged siblings as they variously navigate the months following their discovery of a battered and bloody boy near their home. These authors will provide context for their own excerpts and will interact with one another’s work as well. Livesey was also a friend and colleague of Randall Kenan, who had been scheduled to participate in this session prior to his untimely death in late August. Livesey will offer her own appreciation of Kenan and will participate in a discussion and analysis of an excerpt from Kenan’s final collection of stories, If I Had Two Wings. Register for this session in advance on Crowdcast to access the authors’ excerpts and to add your own questions and observations to the conversation.
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