Assembly Series: Garth Risk Hallberg “Organized Complexity: The Novel and the City”

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 • 6:00 pm
  • Holmes Lounge, Washington University in St. Louis

Why You Should Listen:

“The central question driving literary aesthetics in the age of the iPad is no longer ‘How should novels be?’ but ‘Why write novels at all?”

Garth Risk Hallberg must have a good answer, since his 900-page novel, “City on Fire,” published last October and six years in the making, has been lauded by some reviewers as a contender for the next “Great American Novel.” It is now a New York Times and international bestseller, has been translated into 17 languages, and landed on many of the “best books of 2015” lists.

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