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Brad Kessler on North with Lynn Nottage

October 20, 2021

Critically-acclaimed author Brad Kessler (Goat Song) returns with a powerful new novel about the intertwining lives of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran. North traces Sahro Abdi Muse’s epic journey from Somalia to South America and up through the United States. On her way to safety in Canada, she finds herself seeking refuge in Brother Christopher’s Vermont monastery. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat) joined Kessler in conversation.

In Conversation

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    Brad Kessler

    Brad Kessler

    Brad Kessler is the author of the memoir, Goat Song, as well as two critically acclaimed novels, Lick Creek and Birds in Fall, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Whiting, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Kenyon Review, and Bomb. He lives in Vermont.

    Photo Credit: Dona Ann McAdams

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    Lynn Nottage

    Lynn Nottage

    Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her plays include Floyd’s, Sweat, Mlima’s Tale, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Ruined, Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers, and POOF!. Musical librettos include The Secret Life of Bees and MJ (upcoming). She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ms. Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, among other awards, and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.

    Photo Credit: Lynn Savarese