Mar 3 • 29M

Day 3: Retelling Tales with Nina MacLaughlin

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Why rewrite old tales and myths? And how best to do it? Helping us find the answers, we’re joined by Nina MacLaughlin , author of Wake, Siren, a story collection retelling Ovid’s Metamorphosis from the perspective of the women transformed in his tales.

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Nina MacLaughlin is the author of Wake, Siren (FSG/FSG Originals), a re-telling of Ovid's Metamorphoses told from the perspective of the its female figures, as well as Summer Solstice (Black Sparrow). Her first book was the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter (W.W. Norton). Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she worked for nine years as a carpenter, and is now the New England Literary News columnist for the Boston Globe. Her work has appeared on or in The Paris Review DailyThe Virginia Quarterly Review, n+1The BelieverThe New York Times Book ReviewAgniAmerican Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of BooksMeatpaper, and elsewhere. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.