GEORGE SAUNDERS- Guest Speaker
George Saunders is the author of critically acclaimed short story collections Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation, and Tenth of December,which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2014. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeny's, and GQ, he has been nominated for seven National Magazine Awards. He is an acclaimed American author whose works have been compared to those of Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Kurt Vonnegut. His first story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, was critically lauded and was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award.