The Historical Novel, Where the Truth Lies: A Conversation with Anthony Grooms

Depending on whom you ask, the Search for Truth can be an elusive prey. Do we find it in the Historian’s facts or in the Philosopher’s Idealities? The Historical Novelist certainly employs facts and ideas, but what he aims to demonstrate is how an event felt to a character, thus allowing the reader to experience […]

The Wren’s Nest Forty Years Later

  Approximately forty years ago, my mother and her sister, whose family lived in the close by community of Lakewood,   took my brother, cousins, and me to visit The Wren’s Nest in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta.  I can’t remember anything about the visit except a general sense of the adventure I always felt […]

Storytelling at its Best: A Look at the National Storytelling Festival

Every year when I mention attending the National Storytelling Festival to friends, eyes glaze over, and, I suspect, they pretend interest for a few minutes, hoping I’ll veer off onto another topic.  For a long time, I was one of those people—storytelling?  Boring, boring – until I actually went to see and hear for myself, that is.  For […]

Treasuring memories – author Helen Carey talks about researching the fourth novel in her bestselling wartime LAVENDER ROAD series.

Today is Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day in the UK. The date, November 11th,  commemorates the end to hostilities in World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  And today, Readers Unbound is pleased to host, all the way from Wales, Helen Carey, author of the Lavender Road series, who […]

Shuffling Off (with) Someone Else’s Mortal Coil: An Interview with Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest In Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Five times five years I lived a virgin’s life Nine times five years I lived a virtuous wife; Wearied of this mortal life, I rest. — Headstone inscription, Mrs. Eunice Page, 1888 (Mann 177)  Yorick, one of the better known characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, only ever appears on stage as a skull. Andre Tchaikovsky, having […]

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea: A Novel of Contrasts

 My latest foray into Middle Eastern life is through the novel A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, by Dina Nayuri, which traces the progression of Iran’s religious and moral change in the late 1970’s. This novel is not a history lesson on the Iran Revolution, though the story does takes place directly within the epicenter […]