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George Saunders: History and the American Imagination

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George Saunders and Imani Perry in conversation at the third annual History and the American Imagination

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Humanities New York is pleased to host George Saunders as he speaks with Imani Perry for our 2021 History and the American Imagination event!

We look forward to you joining us for what promises to be an unforgettable exploration of the complex relationship between American history and the imagination. In addition to attending this online, live conversation, we have a limited number of tickets available for a small, post-event Q&A with Saunders. HNY also has ways to support you in hosting your own George Saunders readings group and viewing parties.

George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize; Tenth of December, a finalist for the National Book Award; The Braindead Megaphone; and the critically acclaimed short story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. His most recent book is A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University. Throughout his career, Saunders has proven to be one of the most hilarious, incisive chroniclers of modern America. His work is suffused with a warmth of heart and generosity of spirit— attributes made all the more poignant by how often Saunders’ stories plumb the absurdity of the human condition.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. The rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture informs all of Perry's work. Her books include Breathe: A Letter to My Sons; Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry; More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States; and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop. South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation is forthcoming in January 2022.

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