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History and the Truth of Fiction


April 25, 2007 | Hemmerdinger Hall at NYU | New York City

With Arthur Japin, Laila Lalami, Imma Monsó, Michael Wallner; moderated by Colum McCann

Discussed: Falling in and out of love with your characters; the invention of truth; the differences between fact and truth; and fiction writers as the unacknowledged historians of the future.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program

Copyright © 2007 Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center

• Panel discussion (1:15:31)

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