The Fictitious and the Real: Characters Based on Historical Figures
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Capitol Extension Room E2.016
1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

Three authors discuss their fictional accounts of historical figures. Laurie Lico Albanese’s Hester reimagines the life of Hester Prynne—a Hawthorne character inspired by a real individual—as a newly arrived woman in Salem who develops a relationship with a man whose ancestors killed women with unusual gifts. In Jackie & Me, bestselling author Louis Bayard tells the story of Jackie Kennedy’s marriage from the perspective of a close family friend. The characters in Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award recipient David Wright Faladé’s Black Cloud Rising include real-life Civil War sergeant Richard Etheridge and members of the African Brigade, Black Union soldiers who were enslaved only before enlistment.

Moderator: Becka Oliver, executive director of the Writers’ League of TexasLouis Bayard, Laurie Lico Albanese, David Wright Faladé, Jackie & Me: A Novel, Hester, Black Cloud Rising


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