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George Saunders presents Liberation Day

Random House Studio Sessions:
George Saunders
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Liberation Day

Random House Studio Sessions is our new event series featuring live conversations with the biggest names on your bookshelf, filmed in our studio and broadcast virtually to wherever you are. These authors will take us behind-the-scenes of their latest releases—and give a peek into their own reading and writing practices, too. 

Join us on October 17 at 8 p.m. ET for Random House Studio Sessions: George Saunders presents Liberation Day, as the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo, Tenth of December, and other acclaimed works virtually launches his new short story collection, Liberation Day. Saunders will discuss the uniqueness of the short story form and the inspiration behind this particular collection, among other topics. 

Liberation Day explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose—wickedly funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely tuned—Saunders continues to challenge and surprise: Here is a collection of prismatic, resonant stories that encompass joy and despair, oppression and revolution, bizarre fantasy and brutal reality. 

The event will be broadcast via Zoom, and each ticket includes a hardcover copy of Liberation Day in addition to event access. You can register for your ticket and book through one of our independent bookstore partners: BookPeople, Copperfield’s Books, The Elliott Bay Book Company, or Parnassus Books. Choose the store closest to you—or one you’d love to visit! 

We can’t wait for you to join us for this exclusive conversation presented in partnership with Esquire.

Bookstore Partners

Register for your ticket and book through one of our independent bookstore partners. Choose the store closest to you—or one you’d love to visit! 

BookPeople

Austin, TX

Copperfield’s Books

Santa Rosa, CA

The Elliot Bay Book Company

Seattle, WA

Parnassus Books

Nashville, TN

About liberation day

Booker Prize winner George Saunders returns with his first collection of short stories since the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December.

The “best short-story writer in English” (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose—wickedly funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely tuned—Saunders continues to challenge and surprise: Here is a collection of prismatic, resonant stories that encompass joy and despair, oppression and revolution, bizarre fantasy and brutal reality.

“Love Letter” is a tender missive from grandfather to grandson, in the midst of a dystopian political situation in the (not too distant, all too believable) future, that reminds us of our obligations to our ideals, ourselves, and one another. “Ghoul” is set in a Hell-themed section of an underground amusement park in Colorado and follows the exploits of a lonely, morally complex character named Brian, who comes to question everything he takes for granted about his reality. In “Mother’s Day,” two women who loved the same man come to an existential reckoning in the middle of a hailstorm. In “Elliott Spencer,” our eighty-nine-year-old protagonist finds himself brainwashed, his memory “scraped”—a victim of a scheme in which poor, vulnerable people are reprogrammed and deployed as political protesters. And “My House”—in a mere seven pages—comes to terms with the haunting nature of unfulfilled dreams and the inevitability of decay.

Together, these nine subversive, profound, and essential stories coalesce into a case for viewing the world with the same generosity and clear-eyed attention Saunders does, even in the most absurd of circumstances.

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