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Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Online ordering has ended for this event. If you cannot attend tonight's event, but would like a copy of Less signed for you by Andrew Sean Greer, please stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831-423-0900 by 7 pm to purchase your copy to be signed. If you are planning to attend tonight's event, please purchase your copy at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Thank you for interest!

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome Andrew Sean Greer for an in-conversation event with Karen Joy Fowler about his novel, Less, which was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Greer's ability to capture the spirit of his quirky and unforgettable character will go straight to your heart and make you believe in humankind once again.

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has traveled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.


This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are generally set up an hour before the event begins.