George Saunders on Historical Fiction, the Booker Prize and 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

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Since placing his first story in the New Yorker in the early 90’s, George Saunders' collections of short stories and essays have taken home more than a dozen high-profile awards. His first novel, “Lincoln In The Bardo,” a fictionalized account of Abraham Lincoln mourning the death of his young son, won the 2017 Man Booker prize. Saunders joins us to discuss the novel, now out in paperback. We'll also hear his thoughts on recent calls to remove American authors from Booker Prize eligibility.


George Saunders, author, "Lincoln in the Bardo," "Tenth of December," and other books; English professor, Syracuse University.