Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection. As a journalist, essayist, and critic, she's written for The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Vogue, TheAtlantic.com, among other publications. Fairyland has been translated into several languages and is currently being made into a feature film produced by Sofia Coppola. In 2022, Alysia was awarded an artist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She leads GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program and teaches at Emerson College.
* Photo by Renaud Monfourney
Lucy Frost is a Boston based singer/songwriter, composer, and pianist who studies at the Berklee College of Music. Whether it's playing local venues or scoring a short film, she strives to connect to her listeners through the art and power of storytelling.
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Lauren Acampora had to cancel for tonight due to illness (see her bio below). Lucky for us, Lauren’s publisher has an amazing list of talent and, in Lauren’s stead, we are equally thrilled to be hosting BETHANY BALL, author of The Pessimists, which was included in the NYT 20 Works of Fiction for Fall 2021. Her first novel, What to Do About the Solomons, was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Joanna Rakoff called her “...a writer of singular power, urgency, and humor, master chronicler of middleclass ennui in the vein of Tom Perrotta and Meg Wolitzer. I loved this book.”
*photo by Chris Carroll
Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a finalist for the New England Book Award, The Paper Wasp, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and The Hundred Waters, named a best book of 2022 by Vogue.
She is a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Guernica, the New York Times Book Review, and LitHub, among other places. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.
*photo by Thomas Doyle
Jigsaw Trio: The fact that this is a four-piece trio is only one of the confusing things about this ensemble. Dave Champagne (Agnostic Gospel, Treat Her Right), Mark Chenevert (Hot Tamale Brass Band, 440 Ypsy Yazz), Jerome Deupree (Morphine, Joe Morris Trio), and Russ Gershon (Either/Orchestra, Lookie Lookie) are four seasoned sonic travelers, bloody but unbowed, playing original music for people to love.
*Photo by Lisa Deupree