Manhattan Beach novelist Jennifer Egan has been described by The New York Times as a “refreshingly unclassifiable novelist”. The author, who once tweeted an entire short story; and wrote the penultimate chapter of her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Good Squad as a PowerPoint presentation, will deliver the Festival’s Closing Address on the relationship between technology, fiction and reality. How does the pressure to market ourselves impact our inner lives? How has the prevalence of virtual experience altered our very definition of ‘reality’? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of America’s most fascinating modern authors.

Jennifer Egan (International)

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Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her 2010 novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her new novel, Manhattan Beach, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It has been awarded the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In March 2018, she was named the new President of PEN America.