Sunday Panel 1

10 – 11:15 AM—Literary Discussion

Why do we love historical fiction? Is it the rich atmosphere of bygone days, the thrill of discovering unknown stories, the way we are transported to other places, other times? These four novelists tell us how they work: Hannah Pittard, who explores the impact of a horrific plane crash on the city of Atlanta; Jon Michael Varese, who takes us back to the days of the American spiritualist movement and the challenges of post-Civil War America; Blanche McCrary Boyd, who describes the late-20th century American race war; and Kristien Hemmerechts, who writes of a serial killer’s crimes in 1990s Belgium. Moderated by Kent Wascom.

Hotel Monteleone, Royal Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass

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