Monday, February 4, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

George Saunders: ‘Tenth of December’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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One of the most blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story—and Tenth of December just could be his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. Writing about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience—and with this fourth book of stories, raves The New York Times Magazine, Saunders “has written the best book you’ll read this year.” His stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. By turns unsettling and hilarious, Saunders entertains, delights, and embodies Chekhov’s famous dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.” Presented as part of the Town Hall Arts & Culture series with University Book Store.

Read a New Yorker interview with Saunders on Tenth of December.

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  1. Donna Meyering
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Somehow I missed that George Saunders will be in Seattle until today (and found out it is sold out–waa!) Please put me on your email list so I won’t miss opportunities like this again.

      Posted February 1, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      Good news, Donna! Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve moved the George Saunders event to our big Great Hall, and more tickets are available now! Thanks for writing.

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