Literary Distinction in Historical Writing 2021: An evening with the Society of American Historians Prize Winners Register registration required at no cost 18 November 2021.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Online Event Afia Atakora, Novelist; Brianna Nofil, College of William & Mary; Christopher Tomlins, Berkeley Law Moderator: Megan Marshall, Emerson College, SAH past president Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminars_2021-2022/SAH_image.jpg

Since its founding in 1939, the Society of American Historians has worked “to promote literary distinction in the writing of history” by conferring membership and honoring outstanding works.  The 64th annual Francis Parkman Prize, awarded to Christopher Tomlins for In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History, recognizes “literary merit” in a nonfiction book that “makes an important contribution to the history of what is now the United States.” Afia Atakora’s novel, Conjure Woman, is the fifteenth winner of the SAH’s biennial Prize for Historical Fiction, which recognizes narrative skill and authentic portrayal of the past.  Brianna Nofil’s “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002” received the 61st Allan Nevins Prize for a doctoral dissertation. Megan Marshall, herself a Parkman Prize winner, will interview the authors on their work and aims as historical writers. 

Please note, this is a virtual event hosted on the platform Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for attending.