True Stories, Told Exceedingly WellSunday, June 5 | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
- Current Affairs
- Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
What do we mean when we demand that a story be “truthful”? Are we concerned more with factual accuracy, or do we crave a deeper, more figurative truth grounded in sensations perhaps exaggerated? Consider Exhibit A: Two titles, one about an iconic family’s rise and fall, and another a convoluted wine country saga, both of them nonfiction but drawing on fiction techniques. Then there’s Exhibit B: A book that the writer calls an “autobiographical novel” about refusing to follow his father and brothers into a life of crime. How do writers explore the terrain between fiction and fact?