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June 30, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM


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Virtual - Local Author Panel: Writing for the LGBTQ+ Community

Thursday, June 30, 2022

We're closing out Pride Month with this exciting local author panel! Meet your favorites and discover new reads. Local authors are the backbone of the writing community and those writing within and for the LGBTQ+ community are especially important. Join us for a conversation with Bren Bataclan, Anna Burke, Federico Erebia, and Jane C. Esther as they discuss their books, their writing, and the impact they have on readers of all ages!

About our authors: 

Bren Bataclan (he/him) is a Boston-based artist. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in Daly City/Bay Area, CA. Prior to becoming a full time artist, Bren taught design and computer animation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Boston Museum School. His first book Fe: A Traumatized Son's Graphic Memoir is a brilliant, sensitive story of a mother and son. ~NPR

Anna Burke (she/her) lives in Massachusetts with her wife, dogs, and too many houseplants. She is the award-winning author of Compass Rose, Thorn, Nottingham, and the Seal Cove Romance series. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Emerson College, where she received her MFA. 

Federico Erebia (he/him) is a retired physician, and an active member of SCBWI, NESCBWI, 12×12PB, and critique groups. His artisanry, woodwork, furniture design, and books have been featured in magazines [including Boston Spirit Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine], newspapers [including The Boston Globe, Boston Home], radio [National Public Radio - Boston NPR], and television [Greater Boston].

Jane C. Esther (they/them) is the author of The Universe Between Us, and The Portal series, including Uninvited and Convergence. In 2018, they were named one of The Advocate‘s Icons, Innovators, and Disruptors. They live north of Boston with their wife and cats on a very small farm.

Sarah Jean Horwitz (she/her) will not be able to make this panel discussion after all, sadly. 

Please register for this program and you will receive the program link in the confirmation and reminder notices - please check your spam folder for the emails. Contact us at with any questions.   

This program is in collaboration with a multitude of MA libraries: Lincoln, Needham, Medway, Peabody, Danvers, Somerville, Dedham, Winchester, Sutton, Beverly, Canton, Weston, Belmont, Wayland, Lowell, and Newton. 

We are thankful to the Friends of the Ashland Library for supporting all of our programs.

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