THE WHALE has won the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction!
The M.M. Bennetts Award is an international prize that honors the best English-language historical novel of the preceding year. This year's finalists included books from Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Many thanks to the judges and trustees for this honor!
Many thanks to Professor David Greven for his generous review of The Whale in the latest issue of LEVIATHAN, the Melville Studies journal:
"Mark Beauregard’s exhilarating, beautifully realized novel The Whale provides a detailed, passionate, and thoughtful evocation of [Hawthorne and Melville's] love for one another... and offers provocative insights into male sexuality."
I'm honored that The Whale has been named one of three finalists for this year's M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction!
If you're going to be in Los Angeles next weekend, drop by the LA Times Festival of Books and say hi! I'll be on a Fiction Classics panel on the USC campus on Saturday, April 22, at 11:00am (link with details below), featuring Alexander Chee ("Queen of the Night") and Julie Lekstrom Himes ("Mikhail and Margarita").
THE WHALE is a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize!
On the anniversary of the publication of The Scarlet Letter, Literary Hub's Emily Temple considers the relationship between Hawthorne and Melville.
I'll be appearing on two panels this Saturday, March 11, at the Tucson Festival of Books.
10:00am in the UA Student Union Tucson auditorium, with Tucson authors Julie Iromuanya and Victor Lodato.
2:30pm in the Student Union Kachina auditorium, with historical novelist Stephen Harrigan ("A Friend of Mr. Lincoln")....
Should be fun. Come out and say hello!
Honored that THE WHALE is a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize!
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Whalemen often gave particularly unusual-looking, old, or scarred whales names like Tom, Dick, and Jack, usually with the place near where they were seen as a nickname. New Zealand Tom, for example, or Mocha Dick (after the Island of Mocha, off the coast of Chile).
Thrilled that Chicago Review Press picked #TheWhaleALoveStory as one of its Best Nine images of 2016! Credit to Chris Silas Neal Studio for the beautiful cover and Brianna Harden at Viking Books for the Art Direction!
Peter Gansevoort Whittemore, Herman Melville's great-great-grandson, will kick off the event this year and read the opening chapter! Peter came to an event at Harvard this past summer on THE WHALE book tour, and he's quite an engaging speaker, with a unique perspective on Moby-Dick. If you're in the area, don't miss it!