Saturday, November 4
Jeffrey Eugenides + Claire Messud
In Conversation at the 2017 Texas Book Festival
We’re thrilled to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival with his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint. Eugenides will appear in conversation with Claire Messud on Saturday, November 4th. Messud is appearing at the Festival with her new novel, The Burning Girl. Specific time and location to be announced in October, when we publish this year’s Festival Weekend schedule.
Jeffrey Eugenides’s bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be American in our times. The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich—and intriguing—territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories), this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies.
Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis. The Marriage Plot was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize. Eugenides is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.
Claire Messud is the author of five works of fiction, including New York Times bestsellers The Emperor’s Children and The Woman Upstairs. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hew new novel, The Burning Girl, is a hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends that asks the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships?
We are honored to bring together these two wonderful, prominent literary fiction writers together to discuss and share their work at this year’s Texas Book Festival. We’ll announce our full line up of more than 250 authors in September. In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of authors who will appear at this year’s Fest.
The 22nd annual Texas Book Festival will take place November 4-5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin, Texas. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the Texas Book Festival features more than 250 nationally and critically recognized authors with books for readers of all ages, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.
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