Items tagged with Historical fiction

Author Lauren Belfer on Her New Novel, "And After the Fire"

May 12, 2016
Lauren Belfer

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Belfer spoke about her new historical fiction And After the Fire on May 12, 2016. She was introduced by Sybil Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly contributing editor.

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NYT Bestselling Author Helen Simonson in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on Her New Book, "The Summer Before the War"

April 12, 2016
Helen Simonson & Sybil Steinberg

Helen Simonson discussed her National Bestselling novel The Summer Before the War with Sybil Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly contributing editor on April 12, 2016. 

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Author Michael Spring in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on His New Novel

August 10, 2015
Michael Spring & Sybil Steinberg

Westport author Michael Spring discussed his novel, Sacred Bones: Confessions of a Medieval Grave Robber, with Sybil Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly contributing editor on August 10, 2015.

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Alix Christie on Her Historical Novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice

October 5, 2014
Alix Christie

Follow the birth of printing in medieval Germany while Alix Christie discusses her historical novel Gutenberg's Apprentice on October 5, 2014.

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The Writer as Researcher

September 10, 2014
Michael C. White

Author Michael C. White discussed the challenges and rewards of using historical detail in fiction on September 10, 2014.

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Author Kate Manning on Her Book, My Notorious Life

September 4, 2014
Kate Manning

Author Kate Manning read from and discussed her book, My Notorious Life, on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

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Debut Author Alix Christie on Her Historical Novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice

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gutenberg's apprenticeFollow the birth of printing in medieval Germany when Alix Christie discusses her historical novel Gutenberg's Apprentice. This story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal is told told through the lives of the three men who made it possible: an ambitious young scribe, a merchant and inventor and entrepreneur Johann Gutenberg. Both mechanical challenges and the power of the Catholic Church threaten the undertaking which led, eventually, to the birth of the publishing industry of today.

alix christieAlix Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers, including her grandfather, the foreman of the last hot type foundry in San Francisco, and owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. Christie earned her MFA from St Mary’s College, where she studied under Michael Chabon and Susan Straight. She currently lives in London, where she reviews books and arts for The Economist. Gutenberg's Apprentice is her first novel. 

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Author Jerome Charyn on His New Novel About Lincoln and the Civil War

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I Am AbrahamJerome CharynJerome Charyn, author of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel, discusses his tragicomic novel, narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War. In it, he mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of the 16th president.

“Charyn faces the daunting task of fictionalizing the life of an American icon, but does so with aplomb. …By employing a first-person narrative, he is able to inject Lincoln’s inimitable intelligence, wit, and compassion into every page, as his homespun humor is underscored with his trademark pathos and humanity…. The legend of Lincoln continues to fascinate, and this compulsively readable fictional autobiography approaches the man and the myth from a fresh new angle.” — Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

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Food Networking

Posted by CathyP on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Everyone likes to eat and judging by the proliferation of cooking shows on television and celebrity chefs, it seems that most everyone--kids and teens included--like to cook. In these books, two very different girls, one living in 1945 and the other a contemporary twelve year old, are both experiencing war's effects  on their families. They also find solace and accomplishment in baking.

My Chocolate Year: A Novel with 12 Recipes by Charlotte Herman focuses on fifth grader Dorrie's determination to win her teacher's "sweet semester" baking and essay contest. She will even get her photo in the newspaper! Each month as she tries a new chocolate recipe in search of the perfect one, readers can, too. Dorrie is engaging as she recounts her kitchen mishaps and the historical details of Chicago life in the post-World War II period. Beneath this lighthearted account is the story of her Jewish immigrant family looking for missing relatives. When her  cousin Victor arrives from Germany we get a glimpse of the terrible struggle of the era. With tips from his family's bakery, Victor helps Dorrie in the contest and she  learns to treasure family times.

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer is set in present day West Virginia, where 6th grader Foster McGee dreams of being a Food Network chef like her hero, Sonny Kroll. But before she can make the world a better place, "one cupcake at a time," she has major challenges to face. Her father was killed in combat in  Iraq, and her mom needed to get away quickly from an abusive boyfriend.  Foster and her mom accidentally land in tiny Culpepper and soon the quirky residents open up a new world of support for Foster. As her stellar baking becomes known throughout the town, she finally has the courage to accept help from a retired actress and face her reading disability. The first book she reads is Sonny's cookbook!

Both of  these fast-paced novels center on appealing girls looking for a little fame in the culinary world and finding lots more along the way.

In the Shadow of Gotham

Posted by on Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Stephanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham is NOT a Batman story.

The Usual Suspects will be discussing the book on Sunday, March 18 at 2 more