Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Christina Thompson

Events: A Cross-Cultural Love Story

Book: Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

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Christina Thompson is the editor of Harvard Review. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Scholar, Manoa, the Journal of Pacific History, and in editions of Best Australian Essays.

As an American graduate student in Australia, Thompson traveled on holiday to New Zealand, where she met and fell in love with a Maori man. Their relationship was one of opposites: he was a tradesman, she an intellectual; he came from a background of rural poverty, she from one of middle-class privilege; he was a “native,” she descended directly from “colonizers.” Nevertheless, they shared a similar sense of adventure and a willingness to depart from the customs of their families and forge a life together on their own.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat you All, is the story of Thompson’s unlikely marriage as well as an exploration of the meaning of cross-cultural contact and the fascinating history of Europeans in the South Pacific.