Anthony Marra in Conversation with Shannon Pufahl

Panel Discussion | October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Anthony Marra; Shannon Pufahl, Lecturer, Stanford English

 Department of English

The Berkeley English Department is pleased to present a reading and conversation with Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and recipient of the second annual Simpson Family Literary Prize.

The Simpson Family Literary Prize recognizes annually a mid-career writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers. Prize recipients will be authors of fiction at the relatively middle stage of a burgeoning career. The Simpson Family Literary Prize Recipient receives a $50,000 award to encourage and support forthcoming work. The winner will give a public reading, make a limited number of public appearances, and be in brief residence at the Lafayette Library and the University of California, Berkeley.

Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. His second book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and most recently, the Simpson Family Literary Prize. In 2017, Granta included Marra on its decennial Best Young American Novelists list. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Shannon Pufahl grew up in rural Kansas. She teaches at Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review and elsewhere, on topics ranging from John Brown and the Antebellum Midwest, to personal memoir. Her novel, On Swift Horses, about gambling, sex, and the post-war American West, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books.

Reception will follow in 330 Wheeler.

 jennyholland@berkeley.edu