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Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is an American novelist and short story writer. She is the President of the PEN America Center.
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Jennifer Egan
The Archive Project
In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan joins us in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a lecture on the journey to her New York Times best seller Manhattan Beach. In her own words, Egan takes us through her research process for the novel—from the initial spark of intrigue and inspiration, through the many stories she uncovered along the way, and finally to the relationships she was able to foster and channel into the final product. About the book: Manhattan Beach (2017) is set in a World War II–era New York City populated by gangsters, sailors, bankers, union men, and the divers of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The novel tells the haunting and propulsive intertwined stories of heroine Anna Kerrigan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, who works for both the union and the mob, and nightclub owner Dexter Styles, Eddie’s complex and charismatic boss. Egan has said of writing Manhattan Beach: “It was incredibly fun to just go there with this stuff, in the manner of Robinson Crusoe or Mutiny on the Bounty, these stories that I loved as a kid. It was just incredibly fun to write a shipwreck, and a survival-at-sea story about mobsters trying to kill each other. That felt different.” The book was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Jennifer Egan is the author of Manhattan Beach, the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Of her writing, George Saunders has said: “To see the world through Egan’s eyes is to be moved, through language, to new adoration of the world. I don’t know a better writer working today. There is a generosity in her prose that is vastly enlivening to its reader and brings about that beautiful effect fiction sometimes causes: more, and better-grounded, fondness for reality, just as it is.” For more information on this speaker, please visit The post Jennifer Egan appeared first on Literary Arts.
Jennifer Egan
The Wheeler Centre
Jennifer Egan — Photo: Jon Tjhia Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most acclaimed and least predictable novelists. Egan’s most famous book – the virtuosic, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad – took the form of 13 interlocking stories set in the dying days of the music industry, with one chapter presented in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Her latest novel, Manhattan Beach, is a work of historical fiction set in the Brooklyn Naval Yard in World War II. An engrossing story replete with lush imagery and crackling wit, Manhattan Beach showcases the narrative energy and expansive style that have made Egan a leading American novelist of her generation. It is also the result of painstaking research. Egan spent eight years learning about American wartime naval history and interviewing veteran divers – even going so far as to try on a 90-kilogram World War II diving suit herself. At the Athenaeum Theatre with Michael Williams, she discusses history, hope and American upheaval. Michael Williams and Jennifer Egan — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Sustainable Seafood / 'Manhattan Beach' Author Jennifer Egan
Fresh Air
Chef-turned-advocate Barton Seaver works to get people excited about fish. He says there are a lot of species that are not endangered that we should be eating. Film critic Justin Chang picks his top 12 movies of 2017. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan talks about her work of historical fiction, 'Manhattan Beach,' which imagines the lives of women who worked on the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. Rock critic Ken Tucker looks back on the year in music.
Jennifer Egan
Books and Authors
Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel A Visit From The Goon Squad. Her new book Manhattan Beach is set largely during the Second World war, her heroine is the first ever female diver employed to mend warships. She talks to Mariella Frostrup about turning her hand to historical fiction, and her literary interest in twins. Also on the programme, Jen Campbell calls for better depiction of people with disabilities in fiction; biographer Helen Smith talks about Edward Garnett - man of letters and supportive editor to DH Lawrence and Joseph Conrad among others and Adam Haslett reveals the book he'd never lend.
Jennifer Egan
Art Works Podcasts
Novelist Jennifer Egan talks about her National Book Critics Circle Award-Winning book, A Visit from the Goon Squad. [29:24]
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Sep 7th, 1962
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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3 hours, 37 minutes