The Pull of History

Sarah Dunant, Jennifer Robson, Linda Spalding

The Pull of History
Event Number: 63
Tickets: $17.00

The Pull of History

Sarah Dunant, Jennifer Robson, Linda Spalding

Friday, October 20
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Reaching into history for material is often a compelling starting point for fiction writers. International bestseller Sarah Dunant has felt the insistent pull of Renaissance Italy for years. Her new novel, In the Name of the Family, brings back to life the passion and treachery of Lucrezia Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli. Linda Spalding reached back to 1885 for her novel of Canadian abolitionists, a slave on the run and a family in ruins. And Jennifer Robson, inspired by the wartime experiences of her own grandmother, captures the despair and triumph of war-torn London through the eyes of a young American journalist. No dust on this history.

*Note: programming details have changed since the program guide was printed. Hannah Kent is no longer appearing in this event.*

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Sarah Dunant

United Kingdom

Sarah Dunant is an internationally-acclaimed author and bestseller of historical fiction. She writes reviews for The New York Times, The Guardian and The Times and sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine. She teaches a Renaissance studies course at Washington University and is a creative writing fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her thorough research is reflected in the vivid historical periods she delves into and the believable and interesting women she writes. In the Name of the Family, Dunant’s latest, focuses on the strong ties of one of the most notorious families of Renaissance Italy: the Borgias.

Jennifer Robson


Jennifer Robson first learned of the Great War from her father Stuart Robson, an acclaimed historian, who has been a major influence on her work. She has worked as an academic and editor and is the USA Today and Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She also contributed to the anthology Fall of Poppies. Her latest, Goodnight from London, was partly inspired by her grandmother’s experiences and is about a young journalist who is hired in Britain to report on WWII just as The Blitz begins.


Linda Spalding


Linda Spalding is a fiction and non-fiction writer and editor. She was raised in Kansas, and spent some time in Hawaii before moving to Canada. As the editor of Brick magazine, she was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. Her work The Purchase was a Governor General’s Award winner, and her companion piece The Reckoning is coming out this year. The novel follows the Dickinson family as they are put in a difficult situation that forces them to make a tragic decision and become fugitives, testing them individually.