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For our August Third Thursday, join us for a conversation with three authors – Justin Deabler, Rubén Degollado, and Kimberly Garza – whose novels explore family ties and the way they shape us across generations.
The multigenerational novel has a long and beloved literary history. From Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE to Min Jin Lee’s PACHINKO to Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, family sagas have always captivated readers.
For writers, exploring a family across generations opens up a world of possibilities. There is room to explore place, legacy, history, culture, how the ties that bind us to where we’ve come from influence us as we move forward, and more. Whether you’re fictionalizing your own family or bringing a fictional one to life, the family saga is a literary feat for any writer.
In this panel discussion, we’ll explore how our panelists – Justin Deabler, Rubén Degollado, and Kimberly Garza – approached this literary tradition in their novels. We’ll explore the challenges that come with the territory, what their family sagas offered them as storytellers and why they couldn’t focus on just one generation, how they navigated writing different characters who were tied to each other, but still their own, and more. This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.
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Buy our panelists’ books and support indie bookstores! You can find our August Third Thursday booklist here.