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From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.
Crime figures prominently in Marlon James' recent book and also in Benice L. McFadden's Gathering of Waters. The authors discuss how those issues became a part of their stories, how their Caribbean heritages factor into their work, read selections from their new novels, and more. The discussion is followed by an audience Q&A.
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