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Imagining Ancient Women

By Annabel Lyon
Introduction by Curtis Gillespie
Annabel Lyon's passion for historical novels and her love of ancient Greece make her lecture on the process of creating characters of historical fiction captivating. She discusses the process of wading through historical sources-and avoiding myriad pitfalls-to craft believable people to whom readers can relate. Finding familiarity with figures from the past and then, with the help of hindsight, discovering their secrets, are the foremost tools of the historical novel writer. Readers interested in the literary creative process and in writing or reading historical fiction will find Lyon's comments insightful and intriguing.

About the Authors

Annabel Lyon, a Vancouver-based fiction writer and teacher, is the author of several books, including her acclaimed historical novel, The Golden Mean (2009), which was nominated for all three of Canada's major fiction prizes: the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for English language fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, which she won. Curtis Gillespie has written three books, The Progress of an Object in Motion, Someone Like That, and Playing Through, and his journalism is widely published. He has won numerous awards for his fiction and non-fiction, including the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and three National Magazine Awards. His latest novel is Crown Shyness. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and two daughters.


"[Imagining Ancient Women] lays out the processes of researching historical sources for useable material in creating believable characters, backgrounds, scenarios, and stories that contemporary readers can readily relate to. Informed, informative, insightful, scholarly, 'reader friendly', of immense and immediate practical value, Imagining Ancient Women is highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Literary Studies and Writer Reference collections and supplemental reading lists." Wisconsin Bookwatch, May 2012

"[This public lecture] gives first-person insight into the golden aura of fiction, the place where reality is transformed and enhanced by visceral imagination.... Her first-person approach to history with human perspective gives empirical reality to her characters, male and female, living in the moment. Her Kreisel lecture not only provides insight into her process, but is a valuable primer on writing real history through the telling of personal stories." Linda Rogers, The Malahat Review, Winter 2012
University of Alberta Press
Clc Kreisel Lecture Series

9780888646293 : imagining-ancient-women-lyon-gillespie
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68 Pages
$10.95 USD

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