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George Saunders on Fiction and Empathy

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In this National Book Festival event, George Saunders accepts the 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and speaks about his writing process, how problems in a work-in-progress contain opportunities, and the place of empathy in storytelling in a conversation moderated by Library of Congress literary director Clay Smith.

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Jesmyn Ward on Why Fiction Matters

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“I write toward what hurts. I write toward the truth, and I tell it again. I scribe the whole.” In this National Book Festival event, Jesmyn Ward, recipient of the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, speaks about how her grandmother influenced her work as a writer and joins Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a conversation about her award-winning novels, grief writing, and cultural authenticity.

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A Tribute to Denis Johnson

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Marie Arana, literary advisor at the Library of Congress, presents a video tribute of the late Denis Johnson, who was awarded the 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Johnson’s second story collection, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Random House, 2018), is featured in Page One in the January/February 2018 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Working With Denis Johnson

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“He always wanted to stay as close and as pure with the work as possible.” In this video for PBS Book View Now, editor Samuel Nicholson and agent Nicole Aragi speak about working with Denis Johnson, who posthumously won the 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

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