Writer George Saunders to speak at Byrum Welcome Center April 10

Author George Saunders

This is a guest post from the English Department:

George Saunders, winner of the Man Booker Prize and author of “Lincoln in the Bardo,” will give a reading in the Byrum Welcome Center on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.

This event, which is free and open to the public, was made possible by a generous gift from the family of alumna Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick (’50) to the Creative Writing Program. Visit (go.wfu.edu/saunders) for more information.

Saunders is one of the most critically acclaimed writers of our time. His first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” which explores Lincoln’s grief over the death of his son Willie, was hailed by The New York Times as “a luminous feat of generosity and humanism” and received the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Before “Lincoln in the Bardo,” Saunders was known as a brilliant writer of highly inventive short stories, novellas, and magazine articles. In addition to his novel, he has published four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” his work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s Magazine, as well as many story collections. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2013.