Sigrid Nunez

in conversation with Laura van den Berg

Wednesday, September 23rd
7:00est/4:00pst

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Sigrid Nunez’s new novel What Are You Going Through––a surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship––offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Sigrid is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, For Rouenna, and the National Book Award-winning The Friend, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her third collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, was published in July. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida, with her husband and dog.

“What we miss – what we lose and what we mourn – isn’t it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are. To say nothing of what we wanted in life but never got to have.”

—Sigrid Nunez, The Friend.

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    Which book was your favorite to write?

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    How would you describe your genre of writing?

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    Where do you find inspiration? How do you know when you have an idea that will turn into a novel?

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    What is the last thing you saw that moved you?

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    Why did you become a writer? Did you always write?

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    Did you find it to be difficult to write about writers in “The Friend”? Is the meta aspect of the plot something that you wanted to produce intentionally?

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    You’ve spoken about your interest in film. Have any particular films influenced your work? Are there techniques used in film that you’ve adapted to your writing?

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    How do you choose from which perspective to write a book? Is there anything difficult about writing to a “you”?

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    Have you always been close to animals? What inspires you to center your writing around animals?

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    What inspired you to write “The Friend”?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

Sigrid Nunez in conversation with Laura van den Berg

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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