In the Conservatory
12:30 PM to 1:20 PM
I Wish I’d Said That: What We Can Learn about Writing From Other Writers
A humorous and informative discussion about the art and science (and madness) of crafting fiction with one of this country’s foremost authors.
1:30 PM to 2:20 PM
The Bonds of Love and Duty: A Discussion of American Spy
What if your sense of duty required you to betray someone you love? American Spy, Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel, asks this question. A genre-bending mix of Cold War spy thrills and literary fiction, the book follows a black female special agent, Marie Mitchell, and her involvement with Thomas Sankara, the real-life Marxist revolutionary
leader of Burkina Faso. The author will discuss the themes of love, loyalty and patriotism that the novel explores and will wrap up the presentation by reading an excerpt from the book and taking questions.
2:30 PM to 3:20 PM
The Writer’s Life
Join Number #1 New York Times best-selling novelist Chris Bohjalian as he talks about his life and work — and why, for instance, he hopes never to write the same book twice. His conversation will focus on novels as diverse as The Flight Attendant and The Sandcastle Girls.
3:30 PM to 4:20 PM
Uncovering the Past with the Present in Mind
Wiley Cash will discuss the true story of the violent Loray Mill strike, which is the basis for his novel The Last Ballad. The strike, which was one of the defining moments in American labor history, was never taught during Cash’s schooling, discussed in his community, or acknowledged by a city that made headlines around the world in the summer of 1929 when the strike turned deadly. Cash will discuss the reasons this story was buried, how he fictionalized its people and events with elements of truth, and why this story from 1929 could be taken from today’s headlines.
In the Authors Tent
12:00 PM to 12:25 PM
12:30 PM to 12:55 PM
1:00 PM to 1:25 PM
1:30 PM to 1:55 PM
2:00 PM to 2:25 PM
2:30 PM to 2:55 PM
3:00 PM to 3:25 PM
3:30 PM to 3:55 PM
4:00 PM to 4:25 PM