About the Authors

Marcia DeSanctis writes for Vogue and Town & Country magazines and is the author of the New York Times bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales/Solas House). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Creative Nonfiction, Departures, Tin House, and Off Assignment. Her travel essays have been widely anthologized, including five consecutive years in Best Women’s Travel Writing and four in Best Travel Writing. She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, including Travel Journalist of the Year, for her essays from Rwanda, Morocco, Russia, Haiti, and France.

Lauren Grodstein’s latest novel is Our Short History; she is also the author of the New York Times bestselling A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything, among other novels. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and her writing has been translated into languages including French, Turkish, and Hebrew. She directs the creative writing program at Rutgers University, Camden.

Stacey Resnikoff is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer in the Boston area, as well as a multi-year senior writing fellow of the Paris American Academy in Paris. Her stories and essays have been published in various literary journals, including The Drum (2015 MuseFlash winner) and Hippocampus, and she’s read her work at Literary Death Match at Oberon. She’s also an award- winning freelance writer and content expert for a variety of venues, including MIT, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and USA Today. Stacey is currently working on a novella set in Cambridge.

About the Moderator

Kelly MacFarland is a Boston based stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. Her well-rounded résumé includes comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, television appearances, and entertaining US troops overseas. She has performed with the Funny or Die Oddball Festival 2015, on the Comedy Stage at the 2016 and 2017 Boston Calling, and as a featured headliner for the Women in Comedy Festival since its inception in 2009. Kelly has appeared on the TV Guide Channel, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Last Comic Standing Season 9, and AXS Gotham Comedy LIVE. She’s also host of the web series Fit or Fad for Scripps Networks. An accomplished improviser, Kelly has been a resident cast member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014. Kelly is a contributor to the Audible series, Sounds Like America, and is currently writing a collection of short stories based on her stand-up and her life. For all things Kelly, visit

About the Boston Book Festival

Since 2009, the Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of Boston.

About the Cultural Services at the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. provide a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US, the Cultural Services develop the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, French language and higher education.


This event is co-presented with the Boston Book Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and made possible thanks in part to the Mosaïque Cultural Fund.

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