With Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, as well as other books, we’re seeing more and more people giving fiction a prime place in conversations about defense and security or geopolitics.
During a recent trip to the Puget Sound, I spoke with Leadership on Tap, a podcast hosted by Michael Skiff and Tristan Manning about leadership development and beer. Bringing a novelist in isn’t part of the normal course of conversations they host, but at the Silver City Restaurant & Ale House we had an insightful discussion about writing, strategy, developing time for creative work, the future of war, and, yes, beer.
Next week in Boston there will be a similar opportunity to put fiction to work. On the evening of September 15, I will be speaking at World Boston’s Chat and Chowder at the Downtown Harvard Club. This is a serious World Affairs Council crowd in a serious venue. But this is a great chance to bring fiction into what is normally a non-fiction zone. World Boston is an organization that brings some of Boston’s most interesting and engaged speakers to the area, which is saying something considering all the universities drawing talent to town. And now novelists, too.