F296. Telling the Truth Through Fiction: Storytelling in the Aftermath of Genocide and Atrocity

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The novel's role in conveying political, religious, racial, and cultural truths is often maligned. Yet imaginative methods rescue testimony beyond borders of time and place. Writers on the Holocaust and other 20th-century genocides face a threshold in which firsthand eyewitnesses are dying. Panelists will discuss the strengths and pitfalls of fiction vs. memoir, and present the strategies and tools they use as novelists writing about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and US slavery.



Jan Freeman is the author of Blue Structure, nominated for a Kingsley Tufts Award and a Pushcart Prize; Simon Says, nominated for an NBCC Poetry Award; Hyena; and the chapbook Autumn Sequence. She is the founding director of Paris Press, publishing groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women.

Elizabeth Rosner is an award-winning novelist (Electric City; Blue Nude; The Speed of Light), essayist, and acclaimed poet (Gravity). Her book of nonfiction is Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory. She teaches worldwide.

Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Grace, which was named a New York Times and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016. She is also a practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the LA reading series Dirty Laundry Laundry Lit.

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, was a finalist for the PEN/ Bellwether Award, The Flaherty-Dunnan 1st Novel Prize, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Dublin Award, a B&N Discovery Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. She is currently working on her second novel.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center