Other Press is a proud sponsor of the Boston Book Festival, and we’re looking forward to a terrific line up of authors and speakers at this weekend’s event. Read on to see what our authors are up to, and check out the full schedule here. We hope to see you there!
Fiction: Domestic Disturbances
2:30PM Saturday, October 19
Trinity Sanctuary, Copley Square
Domestic dramas large and small play out in the novels and stories of our four incomparable authors. Tom Perrotta’s short story collection, Nine Inches, is by turns funny and poignant. J. Courtney Sullivan’s highly entertaining and perceptive The Engagements explores marriage. Ann Leary writes with humor and insight about small town intrigue and a woman’s struggles with alcohol in The Good House. George Harrar, in the gripping Reunion at Red Paint Bay, explores how disturbing secrets can lie beneath the surface of the most respectable-seeming life. Moderated by Robin Young, host of WBUR’s Here & Now. Sponsored by Other Press.
Historical Fiction: Imagining the Past
2:00PM Saturday, October 19
Trinity Forum, Copley Square
Join us to discuss the challenges and rewards of writing historical fiction with the authors of some of the year’s best historical novels. In The Movement of Stars, Amy Brill’s “sparkling debut novel” (Vanity Fair), a young Quaker woman in nineteenth-century Nantucket has astronomical aspirations; Ghost Moth, by Michèle Forbes, takes us to Ireland during the “troubles” in what Publishers Weekly describes as a “richly imagined” debut; bestselling author Dennis McFarland presents his moving novel of the Civil War, Nostalgia; and Julie Wu’s “deeply compelling” (Boston Globe) The Third Son is a love story that begins in 1940s Taiwan and continues to the American west of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Moderated by Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening.
The Writing Life: Literary Biography
1:45PM Saturday, October 19
BPL Abbey, Dartmouth Street Entrance
Three towering talents are considered in this session. Rose Styron, editor of Selected Letters of William Styron, shares the inner William Styron through letters to his friends, the twentieth century’s intellectual elite. J. Michael Lennon introduces his Norman Mailer: A Double Life, the authorized bio of the tempestuous and brilliant writer, while David Margolick tells of a tormented author whose early success did not save him from self-destruction in Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns. Moderated by literary agent and entertainment lawyer John Taylor (Ike) Williams.
Islam and Pakistan
12:00PM Saturday, October 19
BPL Commonwealth, Dartmouth Street Entrance
Pakistan, the world’s first Islamic democracy, was once viewed as a bridge between Islam and the West. Now it is viewed as a threat. In The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War, Shahan Mufti, referred to by Kirkus Reviews as “an undeniable visionary,” tells the story of Pakistan through the lens of his family’s history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to Muhammad’s inner circle. Moderated by Boston University professor of anthropology, Shahla Haeri.