Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Talking about the historical novel

This week on campus we're featuring two events with Nick Taylor, author of the just-released Civil War-era historical novel The Disagreement. (For details, click here.) The novel focuses on the experiences of a young man living in Virginia who becomes a doctor pressed into practice early because of the war. Conflict ensues when he saves the life of a union soldier.

At one event, Nick will be in conversation with ZZ Packer about the writing of the historical novel. I'm especially excited about this since I'm working on an historical novel and would love to hear their thoughts about the process.

ZZ's working on a novel about the Buffalo Soldiers and--based on exceprts of the novel--has been named by Granta one of the Best Young Novelists. (To read an excerpt, click here.) Also, I wrote about her reading from the novel at an earlier event here.

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