Ernest Hemingway warned, ‘The masters of the short story come to no good end.’ Tegan Bennett Daylight helps three masters illuminate this difficult literary art. George Saunders talks about examining the small, painful moments of domesticity, family and death. American writer Joy Williams discusses her characters who reach for the sublime and fall, inevitably, to earth. Tara June Winch talks about creating characters who pack a punch and break your heart.
George Saunders (International)
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.