Pulitzer-Prizing winning journalist, author, and director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT presents her latest book, The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Tickets available here.
Presenters: Ray Robertson, Mark Sarvas, Sofija Stefanovic
Moderator: Pat Hoffman
It is not a stretch to say that all characters undertake a journey—whether great or small—in their stories. It is, however, supremely more interesting when those characters' journeys lead them to make discoveries both inside and outside of themselves. Externally, they may be observing the people , places and circumstances surrounding them, while internally the far more interesting journey of self-discovery is taking place. While the external directly influences the internal, it is the evolution of the individual that seems to connect us as humans.
Presenters: David Arnold, Rene Denfeld, Brandon Hobson, Leah Thomas
Moderator: Kacey Riley
The inability to find one's way can be defined on virtually every level, from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual. We may have lost ourselves or be lost to others. Ultimately, writers who accept the challenge of creating characters who are lost must also construct a way for them to be found. In fact, as readers too are often seeking some resolution, their satisfaction resides in the finding. There is a special ability in the writer who can both provide the reader what it is he or she desires, but also stay true to the story.
Presenters: Karen Dionne, Debra Jo Immergut, Bryan Reardon
Moderator: Julie Spencer
From books to movies, the category of "psychological suspense" is getting tossed about a lot lately. Just what does it mean for a writer to penetrate a reader's subconscious and build suspense in a way that makes one's pulse quicken? It is equally interesting that the characters are often somehow displaced inside their own minds as well. And with all this time spent plumbing the souls of others, it makes us wonder about what forces are at play in the writer's brain too.
Presenters: Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Steve Yarbrough
Moderator: Katherine Taylor
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live with another writer, and especially, to be married to another writer? How much do you share? How much do you criticize? How much do you borrow and lend ideas? How do you influence one another's work? How often do you ask for help? And is there ever enough coffee?
Presenters: Dean Rader, Mark Sarvas, Heidi Sopinka, Nick Twemlow
Moderator: Susan Glass
Most readers are well past the days of studying art and literary criticism for fun, but what about when it sneaks up on you? Some writers are so gifted at weaving art commentary into their work, that readers learn about the lives of artists, art history, the commodity of art, and the genius of the creative spirit without even realizing it. These writers also use their talents with language to recreate art in the mind's eye.
Join Edward Lee, cookbook author and restaurateur, for lunch and a conversation about his book, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine. The lunch menu will come from Edward's cookbook, Smoke & Pickles: Recipes And Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. Tickets available here.
A come-and-go lunch and author reading. Drop in anytime to listen or purchase soup (My Sister's Bake Shop), bread (Crooked Tree Breadworks), and dessert (Tom's Mom's Cookies). Beginning at 11:00 a.m., every 15 minutes different authors will be reading brief selections from their works. Tickets available here.
Friday authors in order of appearance:
Debra Jo Immergut