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Wordfest presents George Saunders
Sun, April 9, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MDT
“A writer for our time.”
"No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky and the disenfranchised" — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times.
Join Wordfest, Penguin Random House and the Calgary Public Library for the much-anticipated Calgary appearance of George Saunders, who presents his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, at the dawn of the American Civil War. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the novel is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. This event is hosted by Zsuzsi Gartner.
A bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation, Saunders' first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo is nothing less than a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices—living and dead, historical and invented—to ask a timeless question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?
Saunders is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestsellers Congratulations, by the way and Tenth of December, an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and the critically acclaimed collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation.