Jennifer Egan, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, will be this year’s featured guest at the annual Chet Raymo Literary Chet Raymo Literary Series Lecture on Wednesday, October 8th at 6 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Stonehill’s Martin Institute.
A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption, received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize.
Her novel Look at Me (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Her first novel, The Invisible Circus (1995), became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001.
Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s and other literary? magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.
Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and “The Bipolar Kid” received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
In its review of A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Boston Globe said, “Readers of her three previous novels and story collection have already discovered Egan’s unique sensibility and style, which defy easy classification and which some newcomers may find disorienting. Others will come away exhilarated and pleasantly breathless from the unpredictable ride.”
“Egan introduces a dizzying array of characters…but it all makes brilliant sense in the end. A thought-provoking examination of how and why we change–and what change and constancy mean in a Facebook–era world where ‘the days of losing touch are almost gone,” said People Magazine in its review of the book.
About the Chet Raymo Literary Series
Established in 2001 to honor one of Stonehill's most celebrated professors and his contributions to fiction and non-fiction, the Chet Raymo Literary Series is an annual event that brings significant writers of poetry, fiction or non-fiction to Stonehill's campus to share their work and to speak about the art of writing. Raymo is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy at the College and is the noted author of 18 books, including When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy.