The genre that makes history come to life

this week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley:

We’re talking all things historical fiction in this special August edition of “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.” We explore the world of books described as historical fiction — imagined stories based on real-life events and people, combining the best of history and novels.


Jabari Asim is the author of seven books for adults including his latest, novel, “Yonder” a story of love and friendship set during the time of American enslavement. Asim has also written eleven books for children. He is an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College, and is also a playwright and a poet. The former Book Editor for the Washington Post, he is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and a former member of the nonfiction panel for the National Book Foundation. Jabari Asim lives in Boston.

Sabina Murray is the author of four books. Her de ella latest de ella the “The Human Zoo” follows a biracial woman navigating life between America and the Philippines under a President Duterte-like dictator. Murray teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is also a screenwriter. Her second book, “The Caprices,” won the Penn/Faulkner award and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Sabina Murray lives in western Massachusetts.

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is the author of “Four Treasures of the Sky,” the story of a young Chinese girl kidnapped and brought to America who ends up caught up in the targeted racism of the Chinese Exclusion Act. This is Zhang’s first novel. Her stories of her have appeared in multiple literary publications including The Rumpus, and Calyx; her articles and essays by her have been published in HuffPost, Bustle and The Cut and she is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow. Jenny Tinghui Zhang lives in Austin, Texas.

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