Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley considers The Sagas of Icelanders through the eyes of a contemporary writer and reflects on their relevance for 21st century readers. Smiley is the author of The Greenlanders and contributed the preface to the recent Penguin Classics edition of The Sagas of Icelanders.
The Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture series was created by the Carlson Family Foundation to support public discourse on issues and topics of particular relevance to the people of the United States and the Nordic nations.
About Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels for adults and young adults, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, A Thousand Acres (which won the Pulitzer Prize) Moo, Horse Heaven, and most recently Private Life. She has written many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation and her subjects include farming, horse training, child-rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, among many other topics.
She is also the author of the nonfiction books A Year at the Races, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, and from Penguin Lives Series, a biography of Charles Dickens. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2006, she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.
TUE – 11-13-2012 – 8:30 PM