That's Dr. Anne Mack's class at the University of Missouri . . . they were studying Slant of Light and I had the pleasure of visiting with them. They had some great questions and insights into the book. It was a reminder to me of the power of interpretation -- some of the students had formed opinions about the themes and structure of the book that I hadn't thought about myself, but which I had to admit made sense.
Historical Novel Society
I had the great good fortune to attend the biennial North American conference of the Historical Novel Society this summer. By nature I am, shall we say, socially avoidant; at parties I’m the guy holding up the wall. So it was good exercise for me to travel to this conference, socialize with about 300 other novelists, publishers, and lovers of historical fiction, appear on a panel, and generally enjoy the company of like-minded souls.
The highlights of the event were many, but for me, they included:
All in all, it was a great weekend, downpours notwithstanding!
Slant of Light was named the runner-up for the 2012 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped up about that! Here's the announcement.
In addition, it was a finalist for the 2014 Balcones Fiction Prize. This is a great thrill for me!
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