Brooklyn writer Jennifer Egan, whos short fiction has graced the pages of The New Yorker, Harper's, and Zoetrope All-Story, has hit her stride with her latest novel A Visit From the Goon Squad. In the New York Times, reviewer Will Blythe writes: Is there anything Egan cant do in this mash-up of forms? Write successfully in the second person? Check. Parody celebrity journalism and David Foster Wallace at the same time? Check. Make a moving narrative out of a PowerPoint presentation? Check. Write about a cokehead music producer who demands oral sex from his teenage girlfriend during her friends bands performance? Check. Narrate another chapter from the perspective of the above girlfriends best friend, standing at the same performance on the other side of said producer? Check. Compose a futuristic vision of New York? Check. She'll appear on a panel with Vendela Vida and Julie Orringer in the MDC Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261).
Sat., Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m., 2010