Con or Bust raised over $5000 to help fans of color attend Wiscon! And the copy of Alcestis I donated has already arrived with its new owner.
Sarah Johnson wrote an insightful post about “reviewerese” and the notion of authenticity in historical fiction. A sample:
When you see a novel described as impeccably researched, meticulously researched, or historically accurate (and you’ll find this in publicity material, too), what the reviewer may really mean is: “the author includes a lot of historical details that made the setting come alive” or “I didn’t notice anything obviously wrong” or “I learned a ton of new info from this book” or even “it has a massively long bibliography.” Or it could mean exactly what it says. Without knowing anything about the reviewer’s capability to judge such things, it’s impossible to know for sure.
Finally: I’m reading An Instance of the Fingerpost and really enjoying it so far. I know it’s incredibly popular. Are there any other historical fiction books you think should be required reading for fans of the genre?