An Evening with Jennifer Egan
Host: Jennifer Acker ’00
Jennifer Egan is the author of Manhattan Beach, which was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel which became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001; Look at Me, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.
Jennifer Acker ’00 is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common magazine. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, Ploughshares and other places. Forthcoming from Amazon Original Stories in 2019 is a long personal essay. She has an M.F.A. in fiction and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches literature and editing at Amherst College, where she also directs the Literary Publishing Program. Her debut novel, The Limits of the World, will be published in April 2019.
Now in its fourth year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.
This year’s festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author Elizabeth Kolbert, award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann ’76, and 2018 National Book Award for Fiction finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson, among others.