GEORGE SAUNDERS is “an essential literary figure for our time,” according to The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal writes, “It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.” His collection Tenth of December, winner of The Story Prize and the Folio Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Award and named one of The New York Times “10 Best Books of 2013.” “No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised …. It’s a measure of Mr. Saunders’s talents as a writer — his brassy language, narrative instincts, bone-deep understanding of his characters — that he takes what might have been a contrived and sentimental parable and turns it into a visceral and moving act of storytelling” (The New York Times). His other works include the New York Times Notable Books Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, and Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness. He will read from his new work Lincoln in the Bardo, his first novel, which comes out in February. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the story is about the death of Abraham Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. Saunders, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, was named one of Time’s 2013 “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
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