Researching the Past for the Present

Saturday, October 14, 2023 1:00 PM EDT
Off-Campus Location, Upstairs, Old Town Hall- 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Researching the Past for the Present

How do historical fiction writers navigate the strange new territory of the past, and balance fact and invention? Narrative historian Scott W. Berg, author of The Burning of the World sits down with three writers to discover their research and writing secrets: Tania James, author of Loot, Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of American Ending, and Juan Goméz Bárcena, author of Not Even the Dead. Loot explores eighteenth-century India and Europe, American Ending visits and nineteenth-century Pennsylvanian Appalachia, and Not Even the Dead is a hallucinatory journey from 1500s colonial Mexico to Trump’s Border Wall. Bárcena is the Cheuse Center’s 2023 Visiting Writer from Spain. Sponsored by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

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