Take a look at our latest LIVE event with Dick Cavett and George Saunders  this past Tuesday.

Stay tuned for the audio file of their conversation… 
Cavett: “Do you find writers more fun to hang out with than others?” Saunders: “No! Writers are more fun to email with.” #SaundersLIVE

Colbert: Why do you write short stories? America likes big. Go big or go home. We like big, huge, huge, huge novels. 

Saunders: I’ll tell you why. If you imagine this, let’s say you were madly in love with somebody and your mission was to tell the person that you love them. So here’s two scenarios: one is you can take a weeklong train trip with the person, take your time, you’ll be in boring situations, beautiful scenery, everything. That’s a novel.

Colbert: Sounds good, sounds really good.

Saunders: The second scenario is she’s stepping on the train and you’ve got three minutes. So you have to make all that declaration in three minutes. That would be a short story.

Colbert: Can I get on the train with her?

Saunders: No, you’ve just got to shout it as she goes.

Colbert: Why can’t I get on the train?

Saunders: Because it’s a short story. You’re not allowed. You have to end it in eight pages and get out.

Colbert: But this is the short story I want to read — where is she going? Why can’t I go with her? We’re on to something here. Does she love me back? I’ve got to know!

Saunders: I don’t know yet! Sometimes a short story will just end with that question — does she love me back? So it’s a very special kind of beauty.

Saunders will be at the library with another eminent talk show host, Dick Cavett, next Tuesday, Feb. 26 to talk about his much-lauded latest story collection, “Tenth of December.”


A gem from Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book, highlighted among George Saunders’s favorite children’s books. Saunders is also an Edward Gorey fan.

"Let me close by saying, from the perspective of someone with two grown and wonderful kids, that your instincts as parents are correct: a minute spent reading to your kids now will repay itself a million-fold later, not only because they love you for reading to them, but also because, years later, when they’re miles away, those quiet evenings, when you were tucked in with them, everything quiet but the sound of the page-turns, will, seem to you, I promise, sacred."

George Saunders — who will be at the library on Feb. 26 — may be a prodigiously gifted author and creative luminary, but at the end of the day, he’s also just a dad. His children’s book recommendations are, predictably, enchanting and original. Check them out above!

(via explore-blog)


A rave from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times for George Saunders’ new book, The Tenth of December. Make sure to check out his remarkable other works, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, The Braindead Megaphone, In Persuasion Nation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.

(And come see Saunders LIVE on February 26 with Dick Cavett! More information and tickets here…)

Flavorpill’s Most Anticipated Books of 2013 features works by three of our LIVE guests this season! George Saunders (Feb. 26), Anne Carson (Mar. 12), and Nathaniel Rich (Apr. 8), all first-timers to the LIVE stage, will discuss their respective upcoming books that readers are rightfully getting excited about. Read on for Flavorpill’s take on the three and purchase tickets for their conversations and any others in our lauded line-up here

Tenth of December - George Saunders
"At last, a new collection from the hilarious, wise, and deliciously surreal Saunders, who last effort, 2006’s In Persuasion Nation has its own creepy cabin inside our hearts. Already our light in the encroaching darkness, with these stories, Saunders holds the torch a little higher.” 

Red Doc> - Anne Carson
Anne Carson is a modern master, so we’re thrilled about this continuation of The Autobiography of Red (‘in a very different style and with changed names,’ of course). Myths are mutable things, but Carson can out-mutate them all.”

Odds Against Tomorrow - Nathaniel Rich 
"When your job is to parse out the probability of possible worst-case scenarios so that big companies can figure out ways to insure themselves against them, what do you do when a real worst-case scenario strikes? This literary thriller, set in the near future, might remind some New Yorkers of the near past — just look at the cover."