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Lauren Groff

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:30 PM


Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, Mulroy Civic Center
411 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers; Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories; and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. It won the 2015 American Booksellers' Association Indies' Choice Award for Fiction, was a New York Times Notable book and Bestseller, Amazon.com's #1 book of 2015, and on over two dozen best-of 2015 lists. Rights have been sold in 30 countries.

Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and four editions of the Best American Short Stories.


Evan Osnos

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:30 PM


Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, Mulroy Civic Center
411 Montgomery St., Syracuse

New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia, and China. He won the National Book Award in 2014 for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.

Osnos has covered pressing American concerns, from modern conservatism and gun control, to the Flint Water Crisis and the 2016 presidential election. He forecasted the implications of a Trump presidency in his extensive New Yorker piece, "President Trump's First Term," one of the magazine's most-read articles of the year.

Based on his eight years living in Beijing, Age of Ambition/ is a multi-layered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. A Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Age of Ambition/ was called "a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China" by The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post wrote that "Osnos has portrayed and explained...this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East."

In 2003, Osnos embedded himself with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Chicago Tribune's Middle East Correspondent. His piece "The Fallout," about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation's leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.


Maria Semple

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:30 PM


Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, Mulroy Civic Center
411 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Maria Semple spent her early years traveling around Europe with her bohemian parents, but that ended abruptly when her father, Lorenzo Semple, Jr., finished a pilot for Batman while living in Torremolinos, Spain. He airmailed it in, they shot it, and the family moved to LA. After the Batman TV series and feature, Lorenzo went on to write a bunch of movies. Once he was established, the family moved to Aspen, CO.

Maria attended boarding school at Choate Rosemary and college at Barnard, where she majored in English. She moved to LA shortly after graduating Barnard and wrote screenplays which never got made, and then TV shows: 90210, Mad About You, Arrested Development and others. She quit to give fiction a try. This One Is Mine was published by Little, Brown in 2008.

In 2008 Maria, George Meyer, and their little daughter moved to Seattle just because. It was a difficult adjustment for Maria, which became the basis for Where'd You Go, Bernadette. The novel came out in 2012 and became an instant bestseller. Today Will Be Different is her latest.


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