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Q&A: History, Cork Wars, and How Stories Sometimes Find Me

Not long ago I had the pleasure of talking with the brilliant and thoughtful Cathy Alter for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Our conversation covered many topics, from writing microhistories to interviewing the deceased, and from reading John McPhee and Primo Levi to August Wilson.

“Taylor begins the book with a bang,” Alter writes of Cork Wars, calling my book “an epic saga spanning generations and stretching across continents.” She adds, “Taylor has a knack for taking unsung heroes and elevating them to star status.”

We also discussed how this particular story found me, and the role of family stories.

I’m grateful to her and the Independent for sharing the Q&A. Read the full interview on their site.

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