David Foster Wallace said that George Saunders was the most exciting writer in America. That kind of thing has been said a lot about George since then. For people who pay close attention to the state of American fiction, he has become a kind of superhero. The author of nine books, George has now produced his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, an unforgettable story that uses as its touchstone the death of Abraham Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son, Willie. Michael Williams meets ‘the writer for our time.’

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George Saunders (International)

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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. Fox 8 is his latest book.

Michael Williams (Australian)

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Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.