You are invited to join the Associates of the Boston Public Library for a reception welcoming our 2015-2016 Children's Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer De Leon, and celebrating outgoing 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence, Natalie C. Anderson. Both writers will read from their respective manuscripts. A reception will follow with the authors.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. Her short story "Home Movie" is the Boston Book Festival's city-wide One City One Story selection for 2015. A graduate of the MFA in Fiction program from UMASS Boston, she currently teaches at Grub Street and the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain.
Ms. De Leon will read from her proposed young adult novel, Volar. Volar tells the story of Liliana, a 14-year-old girl whose family moves from a working class Latino neighborhood in Boston to an affluent, predominantly white suburb. Liliana, who soon changes her name to Lili, tries to fit in to her new school and neighborhood. The story follows Lili as she adjusts to her surroundings and learns to value her home culture while discovering her own path.
Natalie C. Anderson, has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in International Studies, African Studies and Political Science, and received her MSc. from the University of Oxford in Forced Migration. She has spent the last decade working with refugees around the world, mainly Africa.
Ms. Anderson will read from Rules for Thieves, the manuscript that has been the focus of her nine-month residency. In the novel, the mother of an eleven-year-old Kenyan girl is killed by a ruthless criminal, leaving her to take care of herself the only way she can—by becoming a thief. As a thief she can finally infiltrate her mother’s killer’s world and get what she wants most. Revenge.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS FREE EVENT
Seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis on the night of the event. However, so that we can plan accordingly, please register in advance for this free event.
To learn more about the Children's Writer-in-Residence program, please visit: http://www.writer-in-residence.org. If you have questions, please contact the Associates of the Boston Public Library office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 536-3886.
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, works of art, and items of significant historic interest. The organization is committed to ensuring continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, digitization, and exhibition.
Over the past 43 years, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Library's vast free educational resources. These programs include art and architecture tours, readings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions, music events, and an annual residency for an emerging children's writer. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund.
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