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Author and Essayist George Saunders

WFIU's Aaron Cain speaks with author George Saunders, who offers his insights into writing, teaching, and how to keep stories under control.

George Saunders in black horn-rimmed glasses, blue demin jacket over a navy V-neck shirt, smiling.

Photo: Will Murphy/WFIU

George Saunders

George Saunders is the author of short stories, essays, children’s books, and most recently, the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction.

He’s received several awards for his work, as well both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur fellowship.

Saunders is a professor of English at Syracuse University, where he studied creative writing under Douglas Unger and Tobias Wolff. He was in Bloomington for a public reading of his work, presented by the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

This episode includes a reading by actor Shannon McCormick of Saunders’s short story “I CAN SPEAK!™” It begins at 19 minutes into the episide. (Whenever “I can speak” appears in the story, it’s all upper case and with a trademark symbol after it.)

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