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Jennifer Egan        

Critically Acclaimed Novelist and Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad"

Jennifer Egan is an American novelist and short story writer who lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

Egan has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, among other periodicals, and her journalism appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She has published one short story collection and four novels, among which Look at Me was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.

Egan received a Thouron Award in 1986. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2004–2005. In 2011 she was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.[8]

Egan won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) and Pulitzer Prize for A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Speech Topics

The Sausage Factory: Making Fiction out of Instincts, Hunches, and Glaring Mistakes

The authority of a finished book can make it seem entirely removed from the creative acts of an actual human being. In this lecture, Egan delves into the messy, accidental nature of her own writing process, and discusses in detail the methods she has used to groom and shape the chaotic results into fiction, with a special focus on A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Character, From an Array of Angles

A discussion of how to create vital and authentic characters in fiction using voice, dialogue, and description. A debunking of the myth of the "consistent character." Egan will read from, and discuss, works by Jean Rhys, Robert Stone, Lorrie Moore, and Don DeLillo.

Novelist as Journalist/Journalist as Novelist

Egan will discuss how and why she became a writer of cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, and how her journalism and fiction writing have interacted and influenced each other over the years.

Experimentation in Fiction: Notes from a Reluctant Practitioner

Egan, who has used PowerPoint, Twitter and text messaging in her fiction, will discuss when--and why--she has found it necessary to use experimental approaches in her work. She'll address the danger of gimmickry and how to avoid it, and explain why unusual structures can sometimes be the best way to accomplish old fashioned storytelling.


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Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad," will speak as part of the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series tonight.

Fiction Podcast: Jennifer Egan Reads Mary Gaitskill : The New Yorker

On this month's Fiction Podcast, Jennifer Egan reads Mary Gaitskill's story “The Other Place,” which explores the consciousness of a man who fantasizes about ...

Pulitzer-winning alum Jennifer Egan visits Penn

Jan 23, 2014 ... Pulitzer Prize-winning Egan discussed her novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” as the featured author of the Winter Reading Project.

Pulitzer-winning author Jennifer Egan to hold reading, signing at ...

Oct 7, 2013 ... Acclaimed author Jennifer Egan will visit Texas State University for a book reading and signing at the Wittliff Collections on Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ...

Jennifer Egan dives into journalism, fiction and her new novel

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