Ben Fountain with Maria Semple
Ben Fountain has written one book of stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, that received the PEN/Hemingway Award, and other honors. He has written one novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Important and lauded as those books have been, they may well be exceeded in import by his first nonfiction book, Beautiful Country, Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution (Ecco Press). He’ll be joined in conversation tonight by Seattle’s Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Today Will Be Different. Beautiful Country, Burn Again is a look at this country in the year 2016, and in its history preceding.
“A masterpiece of a book, the true story of American possibility...So smart, so funny, so well-researched, so brilliantly argued, so scathing and at times shaming and, most of all, morally honest...I hope every word will find its way into the coarsening minds and hearts of every American.” —David Finkel.
“The force and beauty of Fountain’s writing, his clear-eyed fury, his commitment to what is great about the American idea, make for exhilarating reading. A book for right now, and for all the fires next time.” —Alma Guillermoprieto.