Writers in Conversation - Jennifer Egan

12 November, 2017

    Writers in Conversation features some of today’s best fiction writers, poets, non-fiction writers and playwrights reading from their work and talking about their writing lifestyle - how characters take shape and where ideas come from.

    Led by creative writing lecturers at the University of Southampton, we create an evening that is relaxed, engaging and intelligent, yet informal.

    ‘Shredded with loss…. (and) often darkly, rippingly funny’New York Times

    ‘If Jennifer Egan is our reward for living through the self-conscious gimmicks and ironic claptrap of postmodernism, then it was all worthwhile.’ The Washington Post

    ‘… playful in a serious way, complex in a straightforward way, more culturally penetrating than a shelf of Don DeLillos’Telegraph

    Best-selling American novelist Jennifer Egan will read from her first book since A Visit From the Goon Squad won her the Pulitzer Prize, at a special “Writers in Conversation” held as part of the Human Worlds Festival at the University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus.

    Human Worlds Festival

    Egan will read from her new novel, Manhattan Beach, released in the UK in October, and talk with University of Southampton’s Carole Burns about her work. The audience may also ask questions. Egan’s new Manhattan Beach, set in World War II, follows the story of Anna, who, after becoming the first woman diver to help repair U.S. ships, begins to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance years before.

    Born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco, Egan has written five novels and one story collection. In addition to the Pulitzer, she has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times book prize and a Guggenheim.


    This event will be held at the University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus, Lecture Theatre A.