Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author Jennifer Egan, one of the most celebrated writers of our time, who will discuss The Candy House (in paperback March 7th), her "inventive, effervescent" (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.
Egan will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg.
This event will take place at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UC Santa Cruz campus, and is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz.
In the world of Egan's spectacular imagination, there are "counters" who track and exploit desires and there are "eluders," those who understand the price of taking a bite of the Candy House. Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of narrative styles--from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets. Intellectually dazzling, The Candy House is also a moving testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for connection, family, privacy, and love.
Jennifer Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction: Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Magazine. Her website JenniferEgan.com.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of The Power of Habit, which spent over three years on bestseller lists and has been translated into over 40 languages, and Smarter Faster Better, also a bestseller. Mr. Duhigg writes for The New Yorker Magazine and is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School. He has been a frequent contributor to CNBC, This American Life, NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS’s NewsHour and Frontline. He was also, for one terrifying day, a bike messenger in San Francisco.