“Meet the Author” Book Series

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Our new virtual “Meet the Author” Book Series features prominent authors who have graciously donated their time to First Literacy so you can meet them, hear about their craft and their latest work.

All proceeds from the “Meet the Author” events will benefit First Literacy. If you are not able to join us for an event, please consider donating to First Literacy so we can continue creating life-changing educational opportunities for adults throughout Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events

A Conversation with Allegra Goodman

Wednesday, May 19, 6:00pm EDT

Join us for a conversation with New York Times Best Selling Author, Allegra Goodman. During this fun virtual event attendees will guide the conversation. Whether you are an avid reader of Allegra Goodman’s novels or you are interested in learning more about the writing process, Allegra will answer your burning questions. All proceeds from the event will benefit First Literacy.

If you have not yet read Allegra Goodman’s work check out her latest short story, A Challenge You Have Overcome. This story was published in The New Yorker in January 2021.

About Allegra Goodman

Allegra Goodman’s novels include The Chalk Artist, Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary, and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She has written two collections of short stories, The Family Markowitz and Total Immersion and a novel for younger readers, The Other Side of the Island. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar.

Raised in Honolulu, Goodman studied English and philosophy at Harvard and received a PhD in English literature from Stanford. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Salon Award for Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is writing a new novel.