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The Main Event Speaker Series, a popular author series featuring prominent voices from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics and journalism, resumes with writer George Saunders Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library auditorium in downtown Akron.

GeorgeSaundersThe recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“Genius” Award), George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories, a novella, a book of essays, and an award-winning children’s book. His most recent collection of short stories, Tenth of December, was proclaimed by the New York Times as being “the best book you will read this year.” In his long-awaited first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders has written what has been described as his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, this is a literary experience unlike any other.

“George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else... There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers

“The best short story writer in English—not ‘one of’,’ not ‘arguably’, but the Best.” —Time

George Saunders will read from and discuss his work. A Q&A will follow the presentation. The program is free. Books will be available for purchase.

Presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Friends of Main Library. (Friends members receive preferred seating). Auditorium doors will open at 6:30 pm. Call 330-643-9015 for more information.