I've mentioned the Historical Novel Society before on the blog, as it's a great place for lovers of historical fact and fiction to be, so I thought readers might be interested in the US conference, particularly as the author guest speakers this year are Diana Gabaldon and Bernard Cornwell.
Diana Gabaldon of course wrote the wonderful, New York Times bestselling, Outlander series, and Bernard Cornwell is most famous for his fabulous Sharpe books. Not only are these a great read, but they were responsible for bringing Sean Bean to our TV screens, for which every woman with a pulse will surely thank Mr Cornwell. And as if this wasn't enough, they're a great way to get the men in your life hooked on the Georgian era, because Sharpe is a British rifleman fighting Napoleon's forces in Portugal, Spain, and France, so there's lots of action, and of course the whole thing's from a male point of view.
The conference is being held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, New York. It runs from the evening of Friday, June 8, 2007, until the morning of Sunday, June 10. It features workshops, panels and keynote addresses on various aspects of fiction set in the past. As it says on the HNS website, it "will present authors, readers, industry professionals and other historical fiction enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to celebrate the genre."
For more information about the conference, click here
And for more information on the HNS, including details of how to join, click here