Posted on April 1, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

I'll never forget my high school journalism teacher's caution about April Fools' Day — that one must do any faux stories right, if you're a publication, or just avoid them altogether.

So I choose to avoid them, but I do like to share stories of tricksters and deception that others have committed to mark the holiday.

Here's one from earlier this year: the story of Hache Carrillo or H.G. Carrillo, a novelist who portrayed himself as an Afro-Cuban author.

Upon his death, though, the truth came out that Carrillo was actually Herman Glenn Carroll, a man born in Detroit to American parents (not Cuban).

Literary Hub sums the tale up, but you can take a deeper dive into it through The New Yorker if you're so inclined (and if you either subscribe or have the free articles).

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