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School lures author with Facebook video invitation

Posted by guest  November 5, 2009 12:02 PM

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A group of seniors at Beaver Country Day are fans of Mary Karr, the award-winning poet and memoirist.

But they're not like the "we love you and have read all your books'' kind of fan. These students have named their English class after one of her books, "The Liar's Club,'' made a special "I (heart) Mary Karr'' t-shirt, and after learning that Karr would be in the Boston area on Thursday and Friday promoting her newest book, "Lit,'' posted a video on Tuesday to Karr's Facebook page inviting her to visit.

Karr was touched and a couple of hours ago accepted, agreeing to stop by Friday morning to chat.

"It's so exciting,'' said Sarah Akhtar, the teacher of "The Liar's Club'' class on memoirs. "We weren't really sure anything would come of it.''

Akhtar, who teaches English at the private school in Chestnut Hill, says that at the beginning of every semester she allows her students to name their classes. "And since they knew 'The Liar's Club' was one of my favorite books of all time and that we were going to be reading it they decided to name the class after it.''

But after reading the book members of the class, who are currently writing their own memoirs, became enamored. The students discovered that Karr had a Facebook page and that she was going to be around Boston on a book tour. So they shot a video listing their top ten reasons why the writer should visit ("No. 10: We'll make you cookies!'').

For those who would like to see Karr or are just curious about what all the fuss is about, she will be appearing today at the Brookline Booksmith from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow at the Harvard Bookstore from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

And we will be running a review of "Lit'' this Sunday in the Books section of the Boston Sunday Globe.

Posted by Paul S. Makishima, Globe staff

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