AUTHOR CONVERSATIONS

Jenna Blum and Lynda Cohen Loigman

Moderator: Emily Gatlin

Stamper Commons, 10:00-11:00

World War II continues to exert a fascination over readers and writers alike. Blum (The Lost Family) and Cohen Loigman (The Wartime Sisters) will explore the source of that fascination and discuss what inspired and informed their recent novels.

 

Christopher Castellani and Jocelyn Cullity

Moderator: Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune

Chapel, 11:30-12:30

In their most recent novels, Christopher Castellani and Jocelyn Cullity base their stories on actual people (Tennesse Williams in Castellani's Leading Men) or events (the 1857 siege of Lucknow in Cullity's Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons.) How did they merge fact and fiction? What are the responsibilities of a storyteller to stick to the facts, if the truth that they're looking for lies elsewhere?

 

Jay Sexton and Kristin Hoganson

Moderator: Daive Dunkley, MU Department of Black Studies

Stamper Commons, 11:30-12:30

We live in a globalized world, yet still sub-divide history into national units. Sexton (A Nation Forged by Crisis) and Hoganson (The Heartland: An American History) consider how familiar episodes and places in America’s past change when historians dismantle the national walls that contain the global currents of the past. At a time in which new walls are being constructed around nation-states the world over, it has never been more important to reckon with the global dimensions of human history.

 

Steven Rowley and Paula Saunders

Moderator: Emily Gatlin

Chapel, 1:00-2:00

Writers are like magpies, taking ideas from anywhere they find them. But what happens if the primary source of inspiration for your fictional work is your own life? Rowley (Lily and the Octopus and The Editor) and Saunders (The Distance Home) will discuss what it means to plunder your own experiences for material.

Blaire Briody and Jennifer Haigh

Moderator: Lisa Groshong

Senior Hall Parlor, 1:00–2:00

Of the many manmade environmental catastrophes that have beset this country, the disastrous consequences caused by fracking are among some of the worst. Haigh (Heat and Light) and Briody (The New Wild West) exam­ine this cataclysmic process through different lenses (fiction and nonfiction respectively) and measure the cost, both to the environment and to the people who suffer as a result.

 

Kate Christensen and Cherise Wolas

Moderator: Carley Gomez

Senior Hall Parlor, 2:30-3:30 

The creative process is endlessly fascinating – and creative personalities make for compelling subject matter. Come and listen to Christensen (The Great Man) and Wolas (The Resurrection of Joan Ashby) discuss what it means to put an artist or novelist at the heart of your story.

 

Kate Christensen and Sarah Gambito

Stamper Commons, 4:00-5:00

Cooking is a key ingredient to art-making for these two writers—and vice versa. When they put the two together, the result is a veritable feast!

 

Sarah McCoy and Phong Nguyen

Moderator: Marc McKee

Senior Hall Parlor, 4:00-5:00

Did you ever wonder what happened to Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy after they got married? McCoy (Marilla of Green Gables) and Nguyen (The Adventures of Joe Harper) have looked at beloved novels—Anne of Green Gables and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, respectively—and told stories that either precede or follow those iconic works. Come and hear them discuss the challenges and rewards of such an endeavor.

 

Bobbie Ann Mason and Mary Morris

Moderator: Stephanie Williams

Chapel, 4:00-5:00 

Bobbie Ann Mason and Mary Morris have both enjoyed illustrious and varied literary careers, spanning several decades. Both have written in multiple genres, to great acclaim. Come and listen to them discuss their lives and their work.