FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago’s Hank Center Celebrates Award-Winning Author George Saunders
with a Day of Presentations and an Inspired Evening Event
Loyola University Chicago’s Hank Center is hosting a day-long conference highlighting George Saunders’s writings, culminating in an unexpected evening with the author.
The day begins with a morning address from Saunders and ends with readings from 826CHI. After local students, who take classes at the nonprofit, recite their essays, Saunders will discuss their writing, as well as his own. Other panels and presentations feature writers and academics from across the country and Loyola—tackling topics such as the role of religion in his work and what can be gained by teaching Saunders in the classroom. In addition to readings and a Q&A with the author, the night’s program includes students from Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts assisting in a reading from his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.
Following the February paperback release of George Saunders’s Man Booker prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, the New York Times bestselling author will be revisiting his hometown.
Even among unconventional authors, Saunders still stands out:
- a practicing Buddhist who was raised Catholic;
- holds a bachelor’s in geophysical engineering and a master’s in creative writing from Syracuse;
- the author of fiction, nonfiction, and viral graduation speeches
His collection of short stories, Tenth of December, received the 2014 Story Prize and the 2014 Folio Prize. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Harpers Magazine, and numerous anthologies. In 2006, he received a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant and, in 2013, was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME.
826CHI is a member of a national network dedicated to teaching children and teens creative and critical writing skills. Open to students from ages 6 to 18 years old, the nonprofit is dedicated to working with those from low-income families, under-resourced schools, and those who are English-language learners. The organization also works with teachers to bring new ways to teach and inspire their students.
The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is a space for Loyola’s faculty, students, and staff to learn about and investigate Roman Catholic thought. The center was founded in 2006 with the goal of preserving and fostering Catholic intellectual heritage not only at the University—but also in the community.
Thursday, March 1
9-10:15 a.m.: Morning address and audience Q&A with Saunders
10:15 a.m.-4 p.m.: Panel presentations
4-4:40 p.m.: 826CHI presentation
4:45-5:25 p.m.: Book signing
8-9:20 p.m.: An Evening with George Saunders
9:20-10 p.m.: Book signing
Loyola University Chicago
Lake Shore Campus
Klarcheck Information Commons, 4th Floor
6501 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
1020 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Those interested in attending the day events are asked to register in advance. Book signings are scheduled for after the show and all profits from ticket sales will benefit 826CHI.
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