George Saunders poses for a portrait.

Since placing his first story in the New Yorker in the early 90’s, George Saunders’ collections of short stories and essays have taken home more than a dozen high-profile awards. His first novel, “Lincoln In The Bardo,” a fictionalized account of Abraham Lincoln mourning the death of his young son, won the 2017 Man Booker prize. Saunders joins us to discuss the novel, now out in paperback. We’ll also hear his thoughts on recent calls to remove American authors from Booker Prize eligibility.

George Saunders on Historical Fiction, the Booker Prize and ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ 5 February,2018Michael Krasny

George Saunders, author, "Lincoln in the Bardo," "Tenth of December," and other books; English professor, Syracuse University.

  • Noelle

    Yay now we can discuss a long-dead politician for a change.

    • TimDoyle

      Oh if only time would fly and Trump would be that long-dead politician

  • William – SF

    How do Democrats relate to the opposition party when the opposition party peddles in fantasy, deniability of facts, and fake news?

  • TimDoyle

    Regarding literary awards…….I find them similar in kind to beauty pageants….kind of tacky… a high school popularity contest.

  • Alo Moj

    The only author whose books I read twice. There is always so much more to discover and enjoy.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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