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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Saunders  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1958 in Amirillo, Texas



Illinois Connection

Saunders grew up near Chicago and graduated from Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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-- '''''Prizes:''''' *MacArthur Fellowship *Guggenheim Fellowship *Lannan Fellowship *O'Henry Man Booker Prize '''''Tenth of December''''' *FINALIST, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD *TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW *BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, People, The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, New York, The Telegraph, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, Shelf Awareness *10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010's Decade, Time Magazine '''''Lincoln in the Bardo''''' *#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *WINNER, MAN BOOKER PRIZE *Ten Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today, and Maureen Corrigan, NPR *Top Ten Best Novels of the Year, Time, Top Ten Notable Books, New York Times '''''The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil ''''' *Starred Review, Kirkus '''''CivilWarLand in Bad Decline ''''' *Notable Book, New York Times