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Celebrated writer George Saunders to appear in Tampa on February 18

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Acclaimed writer George Saunders will be making a rare appearance in Tampa next month, just days after the publication of his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

Saunders will be at the Tampa Theatre on Saturday, February 18, at 2:30 p.m., in an appearance with 2016 National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ honoree Thomas Pierce and LA Times Book Prize finalist David James Poissant for what the Tampa Theatre’s website calls “a landmark conversation about writing, humor, and the role of fiction in contemporary life.”

The event is part of the OE Spotlight series and is being presented by the Tampa Theatre and Oxford Exchange.


Saunders was known in literary circles for more than a decade before the publication of his last collection of short stories, Tenth of December, was published to critical praise four years ago. The book prompted a cover story in the New York Times Magazine,  calling it the best book of the year, which was particularly noteworthy since the story was published just three days into the new year.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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