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This program was recorded 03/25/2015 at Symphony Space.

Back by popular demand, Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World), and Margot Livesey (The Flight of Gemma Hardy) revisit Gustave Flaubert’s classic in a lively discussion. With a reading by Amanda Quaid (Pericles at the Public Theater)


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JENNIFER EGAN is the author of the bestselling A Visit From the Goon Squad, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other books include the novel The Invisible Circus, adapted into a feature film in 2001; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award; Emerald City and Other Stories; and the bestselling The Keep. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

SIRI HUSTVEDT is the author of a book of poems, Reading to You; three books of essays, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting; A Plea for Eros; and Living, Thinking, Looking; a work of nonfiction, The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves; and six novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American, The Summer Without Men, and The Blazing World. She was the recipient of the 2012 Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities. The Blazing World was long listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. She lectures on and writes about psychiatry, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis. Last fall, she received an appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

MARGOT LIVESEY is the author of Learning by Heart, Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and The House on Fortune Street, winner of the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Livesey has taught at numerous colleges and universities. She is currently a senior distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College. In August she will begin teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

AMANDA QUAID’s recent New York theater includes Pericles at the Public Theater, Luck of the Irish at Lincoln Center, Cock at the Duke, The Watson Intelligence at Playwrights Horizons, A Public Reading...Death of Walt Disney at Soho Rep., Galileo at CSC, The Illusion at the Signature Theatre, as well as plays at Irish Rep, Red Bull Theater, and Atlantic Theater Company. She has performed at the Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, and the Folger. She is the recipient of the 2014 Actors Equity St. Clair Bayfield Award for her work with Shakespeare. She directed her first short film, English, last year and is the creator of americanvoicesproject.com, where she performs a series of monologues taken from verbatim interviews about modern immigrant life.

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