EVENT OVERVIEW: Bestselling Author George Saunders will appear to discuss his Bestselling Story Collection Tenth of December.
ABOUT GEORGE SAUNDERS: MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed Author of several collections of Short Stories, including Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as a collection of Essays and a Book for children. He Teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
ABOUT TENTH OF DECEMBER: One of the most important and blazingly original Writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the Short Story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill, the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December, through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit, not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
EVENT FORMAT: George Saunders will discuss his New Book and answer audience questions. A Booksigning will follow the Presentation. Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: $15.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Softcover (Trade Paperback) of Tenth of December, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed). It's your choice, for the same Price.
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