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A Celebration of the PEN/Bellwether Prize with Katherine Seligman and Barbara Kingsolver

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Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT January 21, 2021

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Katherine Seligman, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, joins us in conversation on her lauded new book At the Edge of the Haight. Last awarded in 2016, the PEN/Bellwether prize returns to celebrate Seligman’s debut novel, a story that delves into the culture and community of the homeless in a rapidly changing, tech-driven San Francisco.

She’ll be joined by author and founder of the PEN/Bellwether prize Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle), who established the biennial prize to award works of fiction that address issues pertinent to social justice efforts and expound on the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.

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In Conversation

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    Katherine Seligman

    Katherine Seligman

    Katherine Seligman is a journalist and author who lives in San Francisco. She has been a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle magazine, a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and a correspondent at USA Today. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Life, Money, California magazine, the anthology Fresh Takes and elsewhere. At the Edge of the Haight is her first novel.

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    Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership. Her novel, The Poisonwood Bible, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Lacuna won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Flight Behavior was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts, as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.