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Ben Fountain Ben Fountain WED, MAR 1, 2017, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall \ S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Co-Presented by The Seattle Times  

"Human experience is complex, confusing, layered, ambiguous, open-ended. I suppose that what novelists try to do, or at least this novelist, is to capture as much of that complexity and contingency as possible on the page, in hopes of making some sense of our experience . . . I’m simply trying to write the story as I see it, with all the accuracy and clarity I can bring to bear, and hopefully with enough artistry that the reader feels a personal stake in the outcome and keeps reading."—Ben Fountain

"[An] inspired, blistering war novel . . . though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce, and the life-or-death dynamics of a battle all figure in Billy Lynn's surreal game day experience."—the New York Times

"So much of Fountain's work . . . reads with easy grace. Sometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it's just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table."—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

Ben Fountain has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards, among other honors and awards. His fiction has been published in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine, among other publications.

His reportage on post-earthquake Haiti was nationally broadcast on the radio show “This American Life.” He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.

Selected Works:

Billy's Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2012)
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara (2006)


2012 National Book Award Finalist: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Extract
The New York Times Book Review: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
'Billy Lynn' All Full-Bore Tale of a Day After Iraq



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