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George Saunders is #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English and was a finalist for the Golden Man Booker, in which one Booker winner was selected to represent each decade, from the fifty years since the prize’s inception. His most recent book is Liberation Day, a collection of short stories chosen as one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2022. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, a best-selling exploration of the Russian short story, was published in 2020.
Saunders publishes fiction, non-fiction, and humor regularly in The New Yorker. His piece on the early days of the Trump campaign was awarded the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, in the category of “Magazine Writing,
The story collection Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize in 2013 (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (for best short story collection). The audiobook for Lincoln in the Bardo, which featured a cast of 166 actors, was the 2018 Audie Award for best audiobook. He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He has taught in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University since 1996 and holds the rank of full professor.
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders, Random House; First Edition, Later Printing (January 12, 2021), 432pp., ISBN-13: 978-1984856029
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel, by George Saunders, Random House; 1st edition (February 14, 2017), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812995343
Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, by George Saunders, Random House; 1st edition (April 22, 2014), 64pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812996272
Tenth of December: Stories, by George Saunders, Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014), 288pp., ISBN-13: 978-0812984255
The Braindead Megaphone, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books (September 4, 2007), 272pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594482564
In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2007), 256pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594482427
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books; Later Printing edition (September 6, 2005), 134pp., ISBN-13: 978-1594481529
The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip, by George Saunders, Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (February 28, 2005), 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0747576112
Pastoralia, by George Saunders, Riverhead Books (June 1, 2001), 188pp., ISBN-13: 978-1573228725
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, by George Saunders, Riverhead Trade; 1st Riverhead trade paperback edition (February 1, 1997), 192pp., ISBN-10: 1573225797
Fiction, especially the short story
(April 14, 2023)
10 years after his Convocation speech went viral, acclaimed author George Saunders G’88 revisits its message.
(April 12, 2018)
Event will honor more than 50 scholars who published books in 2017
(Oct. 18, 2017)
Saunders awarded one of the world's most distinguished literary awards, for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo”
(Feb. 24, 2017)
Saunders is currently in the midst of an international, multi-city book tour