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October 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Magic City Books is thrilled to welcome Booker Prize winning author George Saunders for an in person event to celebrate his new collection of stories, Liberation Day on Thursday October 27. This event will be held at Congregation B’nai Emunah (1719 S Owasso Ave) at 7:00 pm. Joining George Saunders in conversation will be filmmaker, artist and podcaster, Sterlin Harjo.
Liberation Day is the first story collection from the master short story writer George Saunders since the bestselling Tenth of December. The stories in this collection are smart and funny, speculative yet at the same time written on a human scale, narratives full of love and loss and longing and the necessity of trying to connect.
This is a ticketed event, each ticket includes one (1) copy of Liberation Day by George Saunders ($28.00 value) and one (1) seat at the event on Thursday October 27 at 7:00 pm.
Liberation Day by George Saunders will be published on October 18. All books will be signed in advance and available to pick up at the event on October 27.
All tickets include a copy of the book, there is a limit of four tickets per transaction. Please provide the full name and email address of each ticket holder so that all event notifications and information can be sent to all attendees.
If you have a ticket and are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book at Magic City Books during normal business hours. The last day for ticket holders to pick up Liberation Day by George Saunders is Friday, December 9, 2022. We will make an effort to have signed books available for pick up but can not guarantee a signed copy.
About Liberation Day:
Booker Prize winner George Saunders returns with his first collection of short stories since the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December.
The “best short-story writer in English” (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose—wickedly funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely tuned—Saunders continues to challenge and surprise: Here is a collection of prismatic, resonant stories that encompass joy and despair, oppression and revolution, bizarre fantasy and brutal reality.
“Love Letter” is a tender missive from grandfather to grandson, in the midst of a dystopian political situation in the (not too distant, all too believable) future, that reminds us of our obligations to our ideals, ourselves, and one another. “Ghoul” is set in a Hell-themed section of an underground amusement park in Colorado and follows the exploits of a lonely, morally complex character named Brian, who comes to question everything he takes for granted about his reality. In “Mother’s Day,” two women who loved the same man come to an existential reckoning in the middle of a hailstorm. In “Elliott Spencer,” our eighty-nine-year-old protagonist finds himself brainwashed, his memory “scraped”—a victim of a scheme in which poor, vulnerable people are reprogrammed and deployed as political protesters. And “My House”—in a mere seven pages—comes to terms with the haunting nature of unfulfilled dreams and the inevitability of decay.
Together, these nine subversive, profound, and essential stories coalesce into a case for viewing the world with the same generosity and clear-eyed attention Saunders does, even in the most absurd of circumstances.
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.