GrubStreet Launch Lab: The Writer’s Journey

featuring

TASNEEM ZEHRA HUSAIN
TILIA KLEBENOV JACOBS
MARIA MUTCH

discussing their books

Only the Longest Threads

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Know the Night:
A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours

This event includes a book signing

Date

Dec
5
Friday
December 5, 2014
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome scientist TASNEEM ZEHRA HUSAIN, debut novelist TILIA KLEBENOV JACOBS, and memorist MARIA MUTCH for a panel discussion on how these three authors found their stories. They will discuss their books Only the Longest Threads; Wrong Place, Wrong Time; and Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours.

On Only the Longest Threads

Only the Longest Threads will thrill readers with its dramatic and lucid accounts of the great breakthroughs in the history of physics—classical mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, and string theory, each from the viewpoint of a (fictional) witness to the events.

Tasneem Zehra Husain re-imagines the pivotal moments in the history of physics when radical new theories shifted our perception of the universe, and our place in it. Husain immerses the reader in the immediacy and excitement of the discoveries—and she guides us as we begin to understand the underlying science and to grasp the revolutionary step forward each of these milestones represents.

On Wrong Place, Wrong Time

When Tsara Adelman leaves her husband and two young children for a weekend to visit her estranged uncle, she little dreams he is holding several local children captive on his lavish estate. Mike Westbrook, father of one of the boys, kidnaps her to trade her life for the children's. Soon Tsara and Mike are fleeing through New Hampshire's mountain wilderness pursued by two rogue cops with murder on their minds.

On Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours

In this debut memoir, Maria Mutch explores the miraculous power that care and communication have in the face of the deep, personal isolation that often comes with disability. A chronicle of the witching hours between midnight and six a.m., this meditative book takes place during the two year period in which Mutch’s son Gabriel, who is autistic and also has Down syndrome, rarely slept through the night. In this tapestry composed of interwoven memories, we see both Gabriel’s difficult childhood and Maria’s introduction to the world of multiple disability parenting.

As a counterpoint to Gabriel’s figurative isolation is the story of Admiral Richard Byrd, the polar explorer who journeyed alone into the Antarctic wilderness in the 1930s. His story creates a shared and powerful language for the experience of feeling alone.

In these three characters—mother, son, and explorer—Mutch reveals overlapping and layered themes of solitude that, far from driving us apart, enlighten, uplift, and connect.

Maria Mutch
Maria Mutch

Maria Mutch

Maria Mutch is the author of Know the Night, a memoir published by Simon & Schuster and Knopf Canada. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Poets & Writers, Guernica, Literary Mama, Fiction Writers Review and the Ocean State Review, among others. She lives in Rhode Island.

Tasneem Zehra Husain
Tasneem Zehra Husain

Tasneem Zehra Husain

Tasneem Zehra Husain is a writer, educator and Pakistan's first female string theorist. Tasneem is fascinated by scientific theories, how we engage with them, and how they change us. She explores these themes in her fiction and nonfiction writing, her popular talks, and the educational workshops she conducts for science teachers. Tasneem is actively involved in science outreach, and frequently delivers talks about theoretical physics to students and lay audiences. 

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is a graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Theological Studies. Despite lacking the ability to breathe fire except in the strictly metaphorical sense, Tilia has taught middle school, high school, and college; she currently teaches inmates in Massachusetts state prisons, and is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition in San Francisco. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published to critical acclaim. Wrong Place, Wrong Time is her first novel: it has won numerous awards, including the Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Thriller and Honorable Mention in the London Book Festival. Kirkus described it as "an intelligent, thought-provoking adventure story and a fine debut." Tilia lives near Boston with her husband, two children, and two standard poodles.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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Event Series: GrubStreet Launch Lab

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

These days, authors, no matter how they are published, are frequently on their own when it comes to marketing and promoting their books. Publishers now expect their authors to be active partners in the marketing process, cultivating their audience with all the new tools available to them via social media and innovative marketing. In the midst of all these changes and this unavoidable reality, GrubStreet seeks to build community and share expertise around these crucial new responsibilities.

The Launch Lab is a pioneering program that will equip writers with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective in their efforts while also facilitating friendships and community so that they remain inspired, connected, and engaged in the process. Learn more about the Launch Lab at https://grubstreet.org/programs/the-launch-lab/.

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

GrubStreet: https://www.grubstreet.org/

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