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Amy Rowland

When: Sat., May 17, 11 a.m. 2014

The author bios and content summaries on the dust jackets of first novels frequently overlap, and Amy Rowland's The Transcriptionist, the latest from Chapel Hill's Algonquin Books, is no exception. Rowland spent more than a decade as a transcriptionist at The New York Times, where she is now an editor at the paper's Book Review. She draws on that experience in her tale of Lena, a transcriptionist whose job is threatened by technology at a fictional NYC paper. A news item about a woman mauled to death by a lion initiates Lena's quest to find meaning in the event, with grave consequences for herself and her employers. The novel sweeps up timely questions of journalistic ethics and print-media decline around an emotional center of alienation and obsolescence, making for an original and promising debut. —Brian Howe

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