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BPL writer in residence gets movie deal

Natalie C. Anderson

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/file/2014

Natalie C. Anderson

Congrats to Charlestown’s Natalie C. Anderson, who’s parlayed an improbable stint in the Boston Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence program into a movie deal. That’s right. Despite having never published anything, or even taken a college writing course, Anderson was accepted into the BPL’s writer-in-residence program and what she wrote has now been optioned by Universal Pictures and actress Kerry Washington.

Not bad, right?

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Anderson’s novel, published in late January, is called “City of Saints & Thieves” and tells the story of a
Kenyan girl whose mother was murdered by a ruthless criminal and who survives by becoming a thief. It’s based in part on experiences Anderson had as an NGO and United Nations aid worker assisting refugees in Africa.

Applications for the Boston Public Library 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence program will be online soon at www.writer-in-residence.org. The writing fellowship is funded, run, and overseen by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, an independent non-profit entity that works with the BPL.

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