Jennifer Acker is the author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Jen will speak about how she came to write this intergenerational saga about the Chandaria family—migrants to and from the Indian enclave of Nairobi—and read passages from the book. Jen grew up in Maine and lives in Western Massachusetts, where she edits The Common magazine and directs the Literary Publishing Internship and the annual LitFest at Amherst College. She’ll describe the dual life of a writer-editor and the ten-year journey to publication of her first book. Her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, and other places.