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Dana Spiotta on Wayward with George Saunders

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Wednesday, 6:00 pm EDT July 7, 2021

Online via Zoom

It’s 2016, and Samantha Raymond, at fifty-two, contends with motherhood, middle age, and a now unraveling nation entering the age of Trump. When she moves to a decrepit house in Syracuse on a whim, she faces a midlife reckoning and must grapple with aging, the female body, and female complexity in a country coming apart at the seams. Raymond features as the protagonist in Dana Spiotta’s newest novel Wayward, on sale July 6. Spiotta’s novel is one of the most anticipated books of the year and earned a spot on Vogue’s “Best Books to Read in 2021” list.

Spiotta will discuss the novel and her extraordinary career with George Saunders, a Syracuse resident himself and author of Lincoln in the Bardo, Tenth of December, and A Swim in the Pond in the Rain.


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In Conversation

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    Dana Spiotta

    Dana Spiotta

    Dana Spiotta is the author of Innocents and Others, which won the St. Francis College Literary Prize and was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Stone Arabia, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Eat the Document, which was a National Book Award finalist; and Lightning Field. Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and she won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her the John Updike Prize in Literature. Spiotta lives in Syracuse and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

  • George Saunders - Author Photo Credit-Zach Krahmer - Zach Cihlar

    George Saunders

    George Saunders

    George Saunders is the author of eleven books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English. His most recent book is, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, an exploration of four great Russian writers, the short story form, and the writing process. He teaches at Syracuse University.