Praise for Innocents and Others


"A daring and beautiful meditation about selfishness and selflessness, and how to be in the world. A powerful book that will stay with me."

— George Saunders,

author of Tenth of December



“Wondrous and mysterious... Brilliant, and erotic, and pop.”

— Rachel Kushner,

author of The Flamethrowers



“Spiotta is emerging as perhaps the major contender for fiction's next generation.”

— Mary Karr,

author of The Liar’s Club and Lit



“Flawless and epic.”

— Joshua Ferris,

author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour



“A lithely intelligent, moving inquiry into the mysterious compositions of art and friendships."


— Jess Walter,

author of Beautiful Ruins

In Conversation: Dana Spiotta and George Saunders

Wednesday December 14, 2016
07:00 pm

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Photo Credit: Jessica Marx (Spiotta), Chloe Aftel (Saunders) 

Celebrated novelist Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat the Document) returned to the Center to talk about her latest book, the critically acclaimed Innocents and Others. Spiotta was joined in conversation by the award-winning master of American fiction, George Saunders (Tenth of December). Saunder’s debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, will be published in February 2017.


About Innocents and Others by  Dana Spiotta


Innocents and Others is about two women who grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common—except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their friendship is complicated, but their devotion to each other trumps their wildly different approaches to film and to life. Meadow was always the more idealistic and brainy of the two; Carrie was more pragmatic. Into their lives comes Jelly, a master of seduction who calls powerful men and seduces them not with sex, but by being a superior listener. All of these women grapple with the question of how to be good: a good lover, a good friend, a good mother, a good artist.


A startlingly acute observer of the way we live now, Dana Spiotta “has created a new kind of great American novel” (The New York Times Magazine). “Impossible to put down” (Marie Claire), Innocents and Others is “a sexy, painfully insightful, and strangely redemptive novel about the ways we misread one another—with an ending that comes at you like a truck around a blind curve and stays with you for much, much longer” (Esquire).



Dana Spiotta (born 1966) is an American author. Her novel Stone Arabia (2011) was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her novel Eat the Document (2006) was a National Book Award finalist and won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel Lightning Field (2001) was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. She was a recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Spiotta lives in Central New York and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.


George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.