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Writer-in-Residence Virtual Reading 2020

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Please join us for a virtual reading welcoming the 2020-2021 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Autumn Allen.

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Please join us for a virtual reading welcoming the 2020-2021 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence, Autumn Allen, and celebrating outgoing 2019-2020 Writer-in-Residence, Shawna Thomas. Both writers will read from their respective manuscripts.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Autumn Allen, of Norwood, Massachusetts, has been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence annual fellowship. She received her B.A. in Literature from Yale University, her master's degree in Education from Harvard University, and her MA-MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children from Simmons University. She spent fifteen years as an educator before returning to her first love, writing, when she saw the need for more books that affirm the identities of her children and the communities she serves.

Her proposed work, All You Have to Do, is a historical novel set in April 1968 and the fall of 1995. It tells the story of two generations of a Black, middle-class family in alternating narrative threads. The story follows a college student searching for his place in the Black Power movement by joining a student takeover on campus and a high school senior who tries to change the culture of his prep school amidst controversy over the Million Man March.

Shawnna Thomas of Boston, Massachusetts, is the outgoing 2019-2020 recipient of the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship, and has spent the last nine months writing a young-adult novel titled Salvagers. Set three years after a Great Flood destabilizes the Divided States, Salvagers  follows teen survivors Onyx and Andre as they reluctantly team up to rescue their siblings from a high-security, government-funded orphanage.

She received her B.A. in English and African American Studies from Yale University in 2015. She is a previous recipient of the Elmore A. Willetts Prize for Fiction, the Second Place Wallace Prize for Fiction and the GrubStreet Emerging Writer Fellowship.

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This is a free virtual reading. A link to the Zoom event will be automatically emailed to all registered participants on the day of the event. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Pendleton at kpendleton@associatesbpl.org or (617) 536-3886.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATES OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program is intended to provide an emerging writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults. Now in its 17th year, the program has helped to launch the careers of several talented YA authors, including Elaine Dimopoulos, Natalie C. Anderson, Annie Hartnett, and Anna Staniszewski. The program winners are selected in a blind judging process based on the quality of the writing submissions. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.writer-in-residence.org.

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