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Imagining Ancient Women (Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series)

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Annabel Lyon’s passion for historical novels and her love of ancient Greece make her lecture on the process of creating characters of historical fiction captivating. She discusses the process of wading through historical sources — and avoiding myriad pitfalls — to craft believable people to whom readers can relate. Finding familiarity with figures from the past and then, ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by University of Alberta Press
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Very interesting lecture given by Canadian writer Annabel Lyon about how writers and readers of historical fiction imagine the lives of women in ancient times. Lyon also discusses the three weaknesses of historical fiction - easy moral outrage, love stories that don't bring anything to the story, and too much description for description's sake. She argues that an historical novel needs to be more than a regurgitation of meticulous research about what people wore and ate, and must speak to the ...more
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Annabel Lyon was born in 1971. Her first book of fiction, the short story collection Oxygen (Porcupine's Quill, 2000), was published to wide acclaim, and was nominated for the Danuta Gleed and ReLit awards.

Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Write Turns: New Directions in Canadian Fiction. Lyon is also a frequent contri
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