Fri, 27 May 2022

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm BST

The Conduit, London

Jennifer Egan – Live on Stage in London

In Conversation with David Malone

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Join the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad for an exhilarating testament to the transcendence of human longing for real connection, love and redemption.

A candidate for America’s greatest living novelist, Jennifer Egan’s genre-defying, rule-breaking fiction has propelled her to literary stardom, earning her the most prestigious awards in American letters and a place at the top of the New York Times bestseller charts.

She joins us live on stage in London to explore her electrifying new novel The Candy House: a deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own—featuring characters from her Pulitzer Prize winning A Visit from the Goon Squad.

It’s 2010. Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea. He’s forty, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalising” memory. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, Own Your Unconscious–that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others–has seduced multitudes. But not everyone.

A bold, brilliant imagining of a world that is moments away, Egan takes her “deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture” (Vogue) to stunning new heights and delivers a fierce and exhilarating testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, family, privacy and redemption.

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Jennifer Egan

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Jennifer Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction: Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Granta, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

David Malone

Award-winning Science Filmmaker

David Malone is a filmmaker and TV presenter whose documentaries include Testing God, Soul Searching (both Channel 4), Dangerous Knowledge and The Secret Life of Waves (both BBC). He is the author of The Debt Generation.