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How do novelists and historians write about war, empire, and power? How do they translate deep research into compelling narrative? How do they think about evidence—and the absence of evidence—as they write? Are there lines between educating readers and providing them with gripping stories?
This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” brings together two writers, Nicholson Baker and Daniel Immerwahr, who explore themes of American empire. Though they approach their work through different lenses and write in different styles, both Baker and Immerwahr dig into the complex histories of US foreign relations. In this conversation, they’ll think together about how literature and historical writing have shaped understandings of American power.
Nicholson Baker is a novelist and essayist who has written ten novels and numerous works of nonfiction, including Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, The Anthologist, The Mezzanine, and Human Smoke.
Daniel Immerwahr, Professor of History at Northwestern University, is the author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States and Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development.
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