What's New in Historical Fiction

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What's New in Historical Fiction

By History Through Fiction

Please join History Through Fiction for What's New in Historical Fiction, a regular panel series featuring historical novelists with new and upcoming titles. Moderated by History Through Fiction editor, Colin Mustful, this special panel features:

Janie Chang author of The Porcelain Moon
Ciera Horton McElroy author of Atomic Family
Heinz Insu Fenkl author of Skull Water
Dora Levy Mossanen author of Love and War in the Jewish Quarter

Janie Chang is a bestselling author who draws upon family history for her novels, which incorporate stories about life in China before WW2 and ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals. Her new novel, The Porcelain Moon, which is set against the little-known history of the 140,000 Chinese workers brought to Europe as non-combatant labor during WWI, is a tale of forbidden love, identity and belonging, and what we are willing to risk for freedom.

Ciera Horton McElroy was raised in Orlando, Florida. She holds a BA from Wheaton College and an MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Bridge Eight, Iron Horse Literary Review, the Crab Orchard Review, and Saw Palm, among others. Her debut novel, Atomic Family, tells the story of a South Carolina family that endures one life-shattering day in 1961 in a town that lies in the shadow of a nuclear bomb plant.

Dora Levy Mossanen is an internationally acclaimed bestselling novelist, a writer for Huffington Post, and book reviewer for The Jewish Journal. Her new novel, Love and War in the Jewish Quarter, is described as a breathtaking journey across Iran where war and superstition, jealousy and betrayal, and passion and loyalty rage behind the impenetrable walls of mansions and the crumbling houses of the Jewish Quarter.

Heinz Insu Fenkl was born in Bupyeong, Korea, and is a novelist, translator, and editor. He is an award-winning author and teaches Creative Writing and Asian Studies courses at the State University of New York, New Paltz. His newest novel, Skull Water, which is largely autobiographical and deeply rooted in time and place, is the story of a boy coming into his own—and the ways the past continues to haunt the present in a country struggling to confront its troubled history as it moves into modernity.

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