* at a Bradenton, FL book club … a lively and thoughtful discussion of “The Heretic”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 6, 2012

feedback from the book club …

“He is the most personable and interesting man I have ever met.”

“It was a highlight of all the bookclubs we have had.”

“He is the most charming man who doesn’t try to be charming.”

“I would say he was a HUGE hit.”

I am just overwhelmed by the responses of book club members to my appearance in Bradenton. Thank you Barb, for inviting me and for forwarding these wonderful comments.


Pat and I met Barb and Jack Harrison, and their entire clan, on the beach at Collioure two summers ago. Barb induced her book club to read The Heretic, and then asked me to join them at their March 2012 meeting.

What a group of thoughtful readers with outstanding questions. The discussion went on for over two hours …

  • what is true and not true in this historical novel? 
  • how fiction can be “more true” than the actual facts, by adding the inner thoughts and expressions of historical characters … if these are presented in a manner consistent with what is actually known about the characters.
  • how did I integrate my research and writing? how long did it take?
  • the reaction of Catholic leaders to my portrayal of one of the Church’s least proud moments.
  • the publishing history of what is now 4 editions of The Heretic, including Hereje issued in Spain last month
  • stories behind the blurbs of Msgr Tom Hartman and Alan Dershowitz

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