Ben Lurie's "Looking Forward" tells the story of a young man dealing with the loss of his memory. An encounter with someone from his past--a stranger to him now--gives him an ominous sense of who he was and who he might become.
The frailty of the human body and the strength that emerges from one woman's self-scrutiny are the subjects of Joanne Barker's "How To Be Naked". A swimming-pool locker room sets the scene for this unflinching assessment of nakedness in many forms.
Courtesy of the Boston Book Festival, the Great Brits and Books Panel, with Maria Tatar, Rachel Brownstein, Lisa Rodensky, and Leah Price, moderated by Drum editor Henriette Lazaridis Power. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, James Barrie, and the Brontës were just some of the authors these scholars discussed during the BBF session on October 27, 2012. Listen to the audio of the panel to hear how books were used as instruments of power in the 19th century, how Jane Austen continues to engage readers today, and how Barrie's Peter Pan explores questions of our own mortality.This session was sponsored by the British Consulate.