George Saunders, one of the most audacious writers around, will visit Bloomington for a fiction reading, Q&A, and book signing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
George Saunders is a writer for our time. Unshackled by the literary constraints of realism, he nevertheless writes directly about our world--its inanity, its insanity, and its beauty. One of the funniest literary writers today, he also finds an unerring way directly to the heart. Lincoln in the Bardo, his most recent book and his first novel, is uproarious, skeptical, and suffused with grief all at once. Tenth of December is the most recent of his four collections of short stories, called the “best book you’ll read this year” on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2013.
Saunders has redefined the possibilities of short fiction, and is a superb essayist as well, as his piece about the Trump campaign in The New Yorker last year showed. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This event is presented by the College Arts & Humanities Institute and the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature with generous assistance from the Ruth N. Halls Fund.
This is a free general admission event. Tickets are required. The reading and Q&A will run 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be followed by a book signing. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time.