George Saunders in Conversation With Pico Iyer

Posted on Jan 27 by SEASONS Magazine

George Saunders, photo by Chloe Aftel.

George Saunders, photo by Chloe Aftel.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents George Saunders, one of our greatest living writers and a master of the short story, in conversation with Pico Iyer on Mon., Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.

Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and his surreal, experimental first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. His signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity and stylistic innovation has helped change the trajectory of American fiction—and earned him a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a shelf full of other prizes. As The New York Times notes, “aside from all the formal invention and satirical energy of Saunders’ fiction, the main thing about it… is how it makes you feel.”  

Saunders is the author of a novel, four collections of short stories, a novella, a book of essays and an award-winning children’s book. His long-awaited novel and most recent book, Lincoln in the Bardo, was published in 2017. Colson Whitehead hailed the novel as “A luminous feat of generosity and humanism.” His collection Tenth of December , was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the 2014 Story Prize for short fiction and the 2014 Folio Prize, which celebrates the best fiction of our time. 

For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or purchase online at


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