Novelist Meredith Sue Willis speaks about how novels can be political, using as her primary example Barbara Kingsolver’s recent book, The Lacuna, which examines the relationships of people in society through events like the assassination of Leon Trotsky as well as through fictional situations and conflicts. This talk is based on a paper Sue presented at the Emory & Henry College Barbara Kingsolver Literary Festival.
Meredith Sue Willis, fiction writer and native of West Virginia, teaches novel writing at NYU. She is a past president of the Essex Ethical Culture Society and past chair of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. Her most recent book is a short story collection called Re-Visions: Stories from Stories. Her newsletter for readers and writers is online at http://www.meredithsuewillis.com/booksforreaders.html