Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.
Historical novelists love to boast about how accurate their novels are. Sometimes one wonders whether they are writing history or fiction. But can a novel ever be truly accurate? Many historians say no. For more thoughts on this question, see my recent blog post, “Fact Versus Fiction.” And for a sample of the problem, could this boat really stay afloat?