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Writing the Story of Life in Fact and Fiction

 

When: Friday, May 2
Where: Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center: 365 5th Ave.
What time: 3:30–5 p.m.

With Rabih Alameddine, A. M. Homes, Thant Myint-U, and P. F. Thomése; moderated by Ben Schrank

Free and open to the public. No reservations.

Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theater Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY

The line between memoir and fiction has become ever more blurred in recent years as authors increasingly borrow elements from each. But what goes into an author’s decision about what to reveal and what to withhold, when to look within and when to set stories in broader contexts? These trailblazing international authors have juggled autobiographical genres in astonishing ways: A. M. Homes (The Mistress’s Daughter), P. F. Thomése (Shadow Child), Thant Myint-U (The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma), and Rabih Alameddine (I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters).

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