Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad and Manhattan Beach novelist Jennifer Egan delivers the Festival’s closing address about the power of media culture and its relationship with storytelling – a subject explored in her novels. How does the pressure to share and market ourselves impact our inner lives? How has the prevalence of virtual experience altered our very definition of ‘reality’? And what useful role can the fiction writer play in all this? The celebrated author talks about her ongoing engagement with technology as a threat, a structural inspiration and an ever-evolving subject.

Jennifer Egan (International)

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Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her 2010 novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her new novel, Manhattan Beach, became an instant New York Times bestseller. It has been awarded the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In March 2018, she was named the new president of PEN America.