George Saunders will Present his Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel ~ Lincoln in the Bardo

EVENT OVERVIEW:  George Saunders will Present his Man Booker Prize-Winning Softcover Novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  George Saunders is the Author of 8 Books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award.  He has received Fellowships from The Lannan Foundation, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The Guggenheim Foundation.  In 2006, he was Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.  In 2013, he was Awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in TIME's List of the 100 most influential People in the World.  George teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE.  The long-awaited 1st Novel from the Author of Tenth of December.  A moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. UNIVERSAL PRAISE FOR LINCOLN IN THE BARDO!

"A luminous feat of generosity and humanism." ~ Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review

"An extended national ghost story . . . As anyone who knows Saunders's work would expect, his first novel is a strikingly original production." ~ The Washington Post

"Saunders's beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln . . . attests to the author's own fruitful transition from the short story to the long-distance form of the novel." ~ Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Devastatingly moving." ~ People

"Profound, funny and vital . . . the work of a great writer." ~ Chicago Tribune

"Heartbreaking and hilarious . . . For all its divine comedy, Lincoln in the Bardo is also deep and moving." ~ USA Today

"Along with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln in the Bardo." ~ TIME

"There are moments that are almost transcendentally beautiful, that will come back to you on the edge of sleep. And it is told in beautifully realized voices, rolling out with precision or with stream-of-consciousness drawl." ~ NPR

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old.  The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle.  Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.  "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time.  "God has called him home."  Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.  Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance.  Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.  Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation.

Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us.  Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  George Saunders will Present his New Softcover Novel Lincoln in the Bardo and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at or call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have George Saunders's Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for the New Softcover Lincoln in the Bardo is Tuesday, January 07, 2018.  All Orders will be processed immediately.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

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