Chandreyee Lahiri and Grace Talusan are Boston-based authors who have both participated in the Boston Book Festival’s annual “One City One Story” program and the annual flash fiction writing contest “Boston in 100 Words”—two programs committed to strengthening place-based community through short fiction. Join “Boston in 100 Words” lead organizer Jane De León Griffin as she speaks with Lahiri and Talusan about how they approach writing short fiction and the role they see it play in building place-based community in Boston.
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About the panelists
Chandreyee Lahiri is from Kolkata, India (via various countries in the Middle East) and has called the Boston area 'home' for over 20 years. By day she works to protect the Environment as a GIS Specialist. In her free time, she's an aspiring-writer, StoryTeller and mother to an entertaining 14 year old son. She believes in incremental change and the value of small moments (http://silverliningscloudydays.blogspot.com/), tends to be maniacally optimistic and believes this will never let her down (QED).
Grace Talusan is the author of the memoir, The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and the winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards. She has taught writing at GrubStreet, Tufts University, and currently, Brandeis University. She was born in the Philippines and raised in New England.
Jane De León Griffin is Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University and Executive Director of Inspired Masses, a cultural non-profit based in Waltham, MA. Through Inspired Masses, Jane is the lead organizer of the annual flash fiction writing contest, “Boston in 100 Words,” which is part of a transnational 100-word urban writing project that originated in Santiago, Chile in 2001. Jane is the author of The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile (2016) and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine.
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