“Organized Complexity: The Novel and the City”

  • September 28, 2016 • 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Holmes Lounge

Why You Should Listen:

“The central question driving literary aesthetics in the age of the iPad is no longer ‘How should novels be?’ but ‘Why write novels at all?”

WashU alumnus Garth Risk Hallberg must have a good answer, since his 900-page novel, “City on Fire,” published last October and six years in the making, has been lauded by some reviewers as a contender for the next “Great American Novel.” It is now a New York Times and international bestseller, has been translated into 17 languages, and landed on many of the “best books of 2015” lists.