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StoryFest 2020: Then and Now - How History Shapes Stories for the Present

Tue, September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

StoryFest 2020 continues with a panel focusing on the past and the writers who are inspired by it.

This is a virtual event. Click here to view the archived event. 

What can the past tell us about the present? These writers, across several genres, use history as a place to ground their stories. Whether they’re investigating real histories, reimagining them, or crafting narratives that play with the past, they’re all important voices for the here and now. 

Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, StoryFest 2020 is going virtual. From September 15 - September 29, we will premiere 13 live and pre-recorded author events, featuring authors slated to appear in person at StoryFest 2020. These events will feature top authors and creators in genre fiction, comics, young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. And in cross-genre panels, they will explore the big ideas at the heart of telling stories in today's world.

About the Panelists:

Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Award at Bread Loaf, a National Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, and the anthology Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, among other places.

Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and is the founder of the website Black Girl's Guide to Horror where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. Her debut novella, Cirque Berserk, is available for purchase on Amazon. You can get weekly content from Jessica by joining her Patreon at www.patreon.com/JessicaGuess.

Alma Katsu's most recent book is The Deep, a ghostly reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic. Her previous novel, The Hunger, a retelling of the story of the Donner Party, made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was nominated for the Stoker Award for Best Novel, and won Spain's prestigious Kelvin505 award for Best Novel. Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu.  

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses, novels about the incredible family of Caroline Ferriday, a Bethlehem, CT. resident. Martha, a Massachusetts native, spends her days filling legal pads with Civil War scenes for her third novel Sunflower Sisters and going for long, socially distanced walks with her mini goldendoodle Ollie. She has journalism degrees from Syracuse's Newhouse School and the Medill School at Northwestern University and currently lives in Litchfield County Connecticut, with her husband Michael and some of their three children who are mostly out of the nest.

Nina Sankovitch is a bestselling author, avid historian, and voracious reader. In addition to being profiled in the New York Times (twice), she has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, Vogue, the Huffington Post, and other media. She is the author of four books of nonfiction. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be reached via her website, http://www.readallday.org

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty works of historical fiction, including The Summer Country, The Ashford Affair, and The English Wife, as well as the RITA Award winning Pink Carnation series. An alumna of Yale, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School.  She lives in New York City with her husband, kindergartner, toddler, and vast quantities of coffee.

Historical Fiction 101

Discover the History of the World

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Tue, September 22
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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