R168. Putting Her Back in the Narrative: History and Herstory

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In the final song of the hit musical Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton "puts herself back in the narrative" to offer a revealing epilogue. In the same spirit, the panelists have brought lesser known female historical figures, hidden in the shadows of history, to the forefront of their fiction and nonfiction. They will share tips for archival research, how to find funding for it, how to shape the story around these women, as well as discuss how a sense of narrative justice informs the work.



Chantel Acevedo's novels include The Distant Marvels, a Booklist Editors Choice pick, A Falling Star, and Love and Ghost Letters. Her most recent novel is The Living Infinite. A,n associate professor, she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

David Ebershoff's novels include The Danish Girl, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, and the #1 bestseller, The 19th Wife. His fiction has been translated into more than twenty-five languages to critical acclaim. A former editor at Random House, he has worked with numerous award-winning writers.

Alina García-Lapuerta is a historical biographer whose first book, La Belle Créole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid and Paris, focused Cuba’s earliest female author. She also regularly presents on Cuba-related topics. She graduated from Georgetown and Tufts and is a member of BIO.

Ash Parsons is the author of Still Waters, a YA novel. She is the winner of the PEN Phyllis Naylor Award and an Alabama State Council on the Arts literary fellowship. She has taught creative writing for Troy University's ACCESS program. Her second book, The Falling Between Us, is forthcoming.


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