CPL Presents: Amanda Peters, Author of THE BERRY PICKERS (Main) In-Person / Online
Join AMANDA PETERS, the author of the debut novel The Berry Pickers, for a reading and conversation moderated by GRACE TALUSAN. Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, winner of the 2023 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and named on the Amazon Editors' Best Books of 2023 list, The Berry Pickers is a novel about the strength of familial bonds even in the face of deliberate attempts to sever such connections.
The story follows the parallel lives and struggles of two Mi'kmaq siblings in the wake of a traumatic kidnapping in Maine, an event which forever sets Joe and his younger sister Ruthie on diverging paths toward their uncertain futures.
Hailed as "poignant" in a Booklist starred review, The Berry Pickers is a powerful and necessary debut for our own time. This event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.
Amanda Peters is a writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her fur babies, Holly and Pook.
Grace Talusan is the author of THE BODY PAPERS, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards, and the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She has published in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and the New York Times. She has been awarded grants and fellowships including a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and most recently, the Brother Thomas Fellowship Fund. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.
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