David Laskin

David Laskin is a writer based in Seattle, whose essays often appear in The New York Times. His numerous books touch on literary friendships, weather, and tangled family histories.

Jumping the Fence: Why I Wrote a Novel after Decades as a Nonfiction Writer

As I struggled with how to do this, I channeled another one of Ivan Doig’s golden rules. “Even when you’re writing fiction, you have to get your facts right.” If your character works for the Forest Service, you better know what the chain of command is.