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The Lesson: A Novel

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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The Lesson: A Novel

Cadwell Turnbull

Join Cadwell Turnbull for a book talk on his debut novel, The Lesson. An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Cadwell Turnbull is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. His short stories have been published in Nightmare, Lightspeed and Asimov’s Science Fiction. His Nightmare short story “Loneliness is in Your Blood,” was selected for the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018 (BASFF 2018) and his Asimov’s novelette “Other Worlds and This One” made BASFF 2018’s Notable Stories list. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. The Lesson, releasing June 2019 in hardcover, is his debut novel.

Quincy Walters is a general assignment reporter for WBUR.He got his start in public radio at WUSF, the public radio station for the Tampa Bay area. Quincy had a stint as an intern for NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered, then returned to Florida to work at WGCU -- Southwest Florida’s NPR member station --where he worked as a reporter and backup host. Quincy has an interest in reporting stories about the environment and about identity. While in Florida, he covered hurricanes, wildfires, people nonchalantly eating fish from E. coli-infested waterways, mosque arsons, feral chickens studied for evolutionary biological research, among other quintessentially Florida stories. His work has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Florida ​AP Broadcasters Association, Public Radio News Director’s Inc. and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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