Talking Volumes announces new season

Booklovers, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Kerri Miller’s ever-popular Talking Volumes series will be back this fall for its 12th season, with a new line-up of edgy writers. Here are the details:

Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

When: Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2010, and is being adapted into a series for HBO. The book has been praised for its playful structure. The Pulitzer judges called it “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.” Egan is a bestselling author and journalist who writes frequently for the New York Times Magazine.

Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

When: Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

In Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff turns the legend of Cleopatra into a timeless tale of how one shrewd ruler used power, wealth and politics to change ancient history. Booklist called the biography a page-turner, and said “Ancient Egypt never goes out of style, and Cleopatra continues to captivate successive generations.” Schiff has won many prizes for literary nonfictions including a Pulitzer for Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov).

Colson Whitehead, Zone One

When: Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Set in Manhattan after the apocalypse, Zone One is full of “dark humor one imagines actual survivors adopting in order to stave off madness,” according to Publisher’s Weekly’s rave review. Colson Whitehead’s work has been widely published in the New Yorker, Harper’s and the New York Times. He has received many prizes for prior novels and a Macarthur “Genius” Grant.

Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

When: Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued eleven-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The author, who built a reputation on shocking his readers, doesn’t disappoint in this vision of Hell full of demonic young sinners. His protagonist has to figure out how hell works, how she got there and what to do about it. Palahniuk’s social media following is flourishing, but he may be best known for his first novel, Fight Club.

Season tickets go on sale August 9; seats for individual shows go on sale August 16 for $25. Tickets can be purchased through The Fitzgerald Theater Box Office at 651-290-1200

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