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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 the author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. Published in 2010, the book soared to the top of many publications’ Best of 2010 lists, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Slate, Salon, and People. In addition to being awarded the Pulitzer, A Visit from the Goon Squad won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction, was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. In addition to her numerous awards, HBO selected Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad for a series treatment.

Egan is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starting Cameron Diaz; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep, which was a national bestseller. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’ s, Granta, McSweeney’s, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her nonfiction articles appear frequently in The New York Times magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her article “The Bipolar Kid” received a 2009 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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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The Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series is set to wrap its 2012-13 season with author Jennifer Egan, who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with the novel " A ...

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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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