We recently held our first virtual event with emergent author Frances Cha- who just published her first novel, If I Had Your Face, to widespread acclaim. During our conversation Frances spoke about her experience breaking into the writing world, her own inspiration and creative method, and the necessity of sharing perspectives in troubled times, as well as fielding live questions from our audience. She is what many young writers might hope to be in a couple years, and were looking forward to hosting more events like this in the future.
We recently hosted Angie Thomas, the groundbreaking author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. Our Zoom conversation with Angie took us in many directions –– but we discussed The Hate U Give, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and on the activist power of literature. We heard Angie’s take on the current unrest, and her thoughts on moving forward. And most importantly, Angie shared her advice for young authors –– and how they can change the world with their writing.
The Decameron Project was thrilled to host Benjamin Moser, Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in biography. Our conversation with Ben focused on identity in the modern era, the importance of writing nonfiction, and enacting change through literature. Most importantly, Ben shared his insights with young authors –– especially on overcoming challenges to write with integrity and independence.