An interview with Judith Starkston about writing historical fiction.
Classicist Judith Starkston writes historical fiction. Her new novel, Hand of Fire, is set against the backdrop of the Trojan War. What is historical fiction? How to blend fact with imagination? Which rules of the genre must be observed? We asked Judith to share some insights into historical fiction.
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If you read French and have a particular interest in cheating husbands or the future of France, don't miss France's hottest bestseller of them all, Trierweiler's ferocious tell-all Merci pour ce moment. (More on how the former first girlfriend evaded French censors here.) Also, just released, bad boy French expat and immense talent Gerard Depardieu's memoirs, Ca s'est fait comme ça. In English, hot new titles include Flirting with French, How to be a Parisian, Tita, French Pastry Murder, Mademoiselle: Coco Channel, My Grandfather's Gallery, Murder in Nice and more! (see below)
This October in Paris, news from July Carr, Leslie Kaplan, Joan Schenkar, Marylee MacDonald, Nancy Green, Alexander Lobrano, Clotilde Dusoulier, Marie Houzelle, Meredith Mullins, Margaret Macmillan, Paul Ham, de Selby Press, Judish Starkston, Milly Unwin, Dan Gunn, Daniel Hartley, Bonnie Greer, Joanna Walsh, Harriet Alida Lye, Samuel L Barrantes, Johnny Lloyd, Hayden Kays, Will Cox and... UPDATE ONGOING! send us your events and new books or post in comments!
I discovered Judith Starkston's wonderful historical fiction in a group of talented novelists that met in Tempe, Arizona to workshop writing. After majoring in classics, Judith put her passion for ancient civilisations into creating historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite empire. Her new novel, Hand of Fire is being released in paperback this month to excellent early reviews.
This month, news from Festival America in Vincennes, Mandy Hager, Richard Nahem, Meredith Mullins, Charles Trueheart, Kate Noakes, Rod Mengham, Dylan Harris, Marc Atkin, François Busnel, Marie Houzelle, John Banville, Kate Stables, Jake Lamar, Hazel Manuel, David Scott Clegg, Marina Warner, Frédéric Beigbeder, Ruth Ryan, Andrew Miiller, Anne Berest, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas, Chris Savery, Debra Wiess, Shannon Cain, The Bilingual Acting Workshop, update ongoing!!!
"Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-person narrative. In Tita she has created a strange, utterly original child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation to readers of all ages."- Katharine Weber, author of Triangle and True Confections;
"Like opening the door to a secret garden, TITA transports the reader straight into life in a small town in the south of France during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a precocious seven-year-old heroine not soon to be forgotten. Houzelle's prose is unfailingly deft and refreshing. This book is a delight!"-Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest ;
"The best book I read this year. I cannot recommend it enough!" - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa)
Mega-bestseller. A first print run of 200,000 copies released September 4 and already out of stock in many stores and being reprinted.
Valérie Trierweiler's kiss and tell off Merci pour le Moment is a publishing success.
Lying, cheating politicos beware: French women don't keep quiet.
The myth that French women don't mind if their husbands (or boyfriends) cheat on them might just be a myth after all.
Not only did Ms Trierweiler mind - which is kind of funny if one remembers that her ill-starred love affair started with the future president betraying his own wife with her - but she minded so much that she tried to commit suicide, followed by political murder.
The real mystery here is how this book got into bookstores in the first place, since France has a long and not particularly distinguished tradition of censorhip of books.