AFL Speaker Series:
Lafayette as a Fictional Character
December 4, 2020
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A panel discussion with AFL member-authors
The subject of the panel discussion is “Lafayette as a fictional character."
Four prominent authors, who are also AFL members, discussed how they came to include Lafayette in their work and what they learned about him when they did. Our panelists, all lovers of history, also discussed the importance of historical fiction and why they have chosen to work in this genre. Alan Hoffman, AFL President, moderated the discussion.
Our panelists are:
Stephanie Dray, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. She is the author of:
America’s First Daughter
My Dear Hamilton
Ribbons of Scarlet
The Women of Chateau Lafayette
Jenny L. Cote, an award-winning historical fiction author and speaker, whose books for children, tweens, and teens feature talking animals that work behind the scenes in pivotal points of the story.
In addition to her other works, Jenny has completed two volumes of her five-part series on the American Revolution:
The Voice, the Revolution and the Key
The Declaration, the Sword and the Spy
Dorothea Jensen, an award-winning author of historical fiction and non-fiction for middle graders and teenagers. Her first historical novel, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, has been in print since 1989. Her second, A Buss from Lafayette, is about a troubled teenager who meets Lafayette on his Farewell Tour.
Her most recent work is Liberty-Loving Lafayette, a rhyming history inspired by the Broadway hit, Hamilton.
Libby McNamee, an author of young adult historical fiction. Her first book won two awards for juvenile fiction in 2020. Her second book, Dolley Madison and the War of 1812: America’s First Lady, will be released in 2021 on Dolley Madison’s birthday, May 20.
Libby’s Lafayette-related work, Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War, tells the true story of a Virginia teenage girl who leaves her house in the dead of night to warn Lafayette of an imminent attack by English forces.
Register for this exciting panel discussion here.
December 4, 2020
5:00 pm ET
A Zoom link will be emailed to the address provided when registering.