Time Passages: Past, Present, and Memory in Fiction

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Monday, November 9, 2020
Time and memory fill the pages of the latest novels from Aimee Bender (The Butterfly Lampshade) and Katy Simpson Smith (The Everlasting). In The Butterfly Lampshade, a  woman struggles to make sense of three strange episodes from her childhood, fearing she’s inherited her mother’s mental illness. In The Everlasting, characters from four different time periods—the first century CE, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the present—inhabit the same area of Rome, sharing struggles and successes across the centuries. Join Bender and Smith as they discuss memory, time, and what it's like to write characters from ages different—personally and historically—than oneself.
In association with Wordplay and the Loft Literary Center
  • Format: Rachel Yang (Twitter: @rachelayang)
  • Format: This is a free, live, virtual event.
  • Q&A: Please direct questions to the authors and moderator with CrowdCast's "Ask a Question" button and not the chat box. Questions will be shared with the moderator, and the moderator will attempt to get to as many audience questions as possible toward the end of the session.
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Aimee Bender, Katy Simpson Smith, The Butterfly Lampshade, The Everlasting


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