Faction is “a term coined in the 1960’s with the publication of Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood to describe a new literary genre consisting of fictional narrative based on real events and/or characters, depicted without disguise.  Unlike historical fiction in which the author attempts to interpret a more distant past with a reasonable degree of accuracy, faction is based on contemporary events or the recent past, often leaving the distinction between what is real and imaginary to the reader.”

Reitz, Joan M. Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

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