812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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An Evening with George Saunders

Presented by: College Arts & Humanities Institute

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $0.00


No showtimes available.


Author George Saunders

Author George Saunders portrait on main quadrangle at Lenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, NC. Saunders, an award winning author, was on campus for the LR Visiting Writers Series.

George Saunders, one of the most audacious writers around, will visit Bloomington for a fiction reading, Q&A, and book signing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

George Saunders is a writer for our time. Unshackled by the literary constraints of realism, he nevertheless writes directly about our world–its inanity, its insanity, and its beauty. One of the funniest literary writers today, he also finds an unerring way directly to the heart. Lincoln in the Bardo, his most recent book and his first novel, is uproarious, skeptical, and suffused with grief all at once. Tenth of December is the most recent of his four collections of short stories, called the “best book you’ll read this year” on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2013.

Saunders has redefined the possibilities of short fiction, and is a superb essayist as well, as his piece about the Trump campaign in The New Yorker last year showed. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event is presented by the College Arts & Humanities Institute and the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature with generous assistance from the Ruth N. Halls Fund.

This is a free general admission event. Tickets are required. The reading and Q&A will run 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be followed by a book signing. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time.

You can reserve a max of 4 tickets per person. 

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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1211 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47401

CAHI’s goal is to support the scholarly and creative initiatives of the IU College faculty, in order to foster both individual research activities as well as interdisciplinary cooperation among individuals, groups, and programs in the arts and the humanities. The Institute sponsors conferences, workshops, and performances, also offering research travel grants and fellowships to the College’s faculty in the arts and humanities. Additionally, CAHI sponsors lecture series and invites distinguished speakers and intellectuals to the IU campus.

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