Fort Greene Store
Monday, March 27, 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Fiction in Foreign Cultures
Featuring Deborah Clearman, Ben Dolnick, Lauren Sanders, and Iromie Weeramantry
Moderated by Aaron Zimmerman
Wine reception to follow
When writers take themselves or their characters to other countries, especially those not their own, is it cultural appropriation or expanding the reader’s world? How do you get under the skin of another culture without sounding like a tour guide, a do-gooder, or an elitist? These are some of the questions Aaron Zimmerman, founder and director of NY Writers Coalition, will ask of four fiction writers at tonight’s panel. Deborah Clearman is launching Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala. Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel At the Bottom of Everything is set partly in India. Lauren Sanders’ forthcoming novel The Book of Love and Hate is an intrigue that spans the globe from NYC to Israel. Iromie Weeramantry’s short stories take place largely in her home country, Sri Lanka. A book signing and reception follows the discussion.