WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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library reading belles-lettres literature books bestsellers The Lincoln Letter An Interview with William Martin J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer media authors ever wonder how accurate historical novels and movies like Lincoln really are? Weston resident and New York Times bestselling author William Martin has written ten novels set in America's past. He has spent years in pursuit of historical details that enable readers to see through the eyes of our forefathers as events unfold. Research has taken him to Civil War battlefields and the Massachusetts Historical Society archives; to Washington, DC; Ireland; Manhattan; Maryland; Cape Cod and beyond. He scours 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century newspapers for their reporting on war and politics, early photographs that reveal a city's growth or GRETJE FERGUSON human suffering, first-hand opinions in letters penned by people living in those times, and advertisements addressing mundane concerns of early American life. "My novels are certain parts history and imagination," says Martin. "It's a marriage of both. But I've always found that the facts make We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 great stories." He quotes author Gore Vidal who said, "Those who get their history from historical fiction get the history they deserve." In the comfortable colonial home in Weston where he and his wife, Chris, raised their three children — Back Bay, his first novel, bought the house 30 years ago, he says — we sat at the kitchen counter and talked about his approach to writing and his newest book, The Lincoln Letter, which comes out in paperback July 3. For Bill Martin, the past and present often 170 William Martin

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