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Marginalia: John Burnham Schwartz



John Burnham Schwartz has six novels under his belt, he’s written extensively for the screen and television, and he was nominated for the 2018 Writers Guild of America Award. His subject matter varies, and he’s not a stranger to historical fiction. 

What is new this time around is his family connection to the subject.


The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz is the story of the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, who defected to the United States in 1967. That’s where John’s family comes into the picture.

I recently spoke with John Burnham Schwartz about that family connection and The Red Daughter.

Here's our conversation:


John Burnham Schwartz will be at Watermark Books on Monday,  May 13, for a 6:00 p.m. reading and book signing.


The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz was published by Random House.

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