S235. No Facts, Only Interpretations: An Examination of the Multiple Point of View Novel

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Five novelists who have experimented with POV will discuss their POV choices and how those choices informed the tone and shape of their books. Does having multiple POVs—an accumulation of subjective perspectives—allow us to approach the “truth”? How do we decide that another POV is necessary to tell the story? What dangers arise when that POV is outside the writer's gender, race, or sexuality? The panel examines the pitfalls and benefits that a writer who experiments with POV might encounter.



Eric Sasson writes Ctrl-Alt, a column about LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal. He's the author of the story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications.

Anna North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her fiction has appeared in the Atlantic and Glimmer Train. She is the author of the novels America Pacifica and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, and she is a writer and editor at the New York Times.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and The Gypsy Moth Summer. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in 2002, now a creative home to over 2,500 NYC writers.

Rebecca Makkai is the author of two novels, The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower. Her work was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and appears in places like Harper's, Tin House, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship.

J. Ryan Stradal


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center