Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 2014), which imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Her short stories have appeared in The Copperfield Review and CommuterLit. Shannon blogs about Napoleonic and 19th century history at She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she is working on the next novel in her Napoleon series.

From my website

What was Napoleon’s favourite music?

Detail from the Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. Napoleon’s favourite composer Giovanni Paisiello wrote a mass and Te Deum for the occasion. Though French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had no musical talent (see my post on 10 Interesting Facts about Napoleon), he thoroughly enjoyed music. Napoleon valued music both for…

John C. Calhoun: War Hawk

An imposing man, tall and skinny with a shock of upright hair, John C. Calhoun is often depicted using a rather scary photo (see below). At the time during which Napoleon in America is set, he looked more like he does in this 1822 painting by Charles Bird King. As…

James Monroe and Napoleon

James Monroe by William James Hubbard When Napoleon Bonaparte lands in New Orleans in Napoleon in America, James Monroe is president of the United States. Imagining how he might have reacted to Napoleon’s request for asylum required looking into what he thought about Napoleon. A Francophile James Monroe was born…

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