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A Evening with Jane Smiley
Date Wednesday June 29
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorBob Baldock
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley, author of "A Thousand Acres" will present the final volume ("Golden Age") in her great trilogy, "The Last Hundred Years," — hailed as "a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling." " Her knowledge of politics, environmentalism and genetics
...have the same scope and fastidiousness of Phillip Roth, Saul Bellow, and John Updike."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:30 PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 or Books Inc,
Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s
S.F. – Modern Times.
$15 door

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume of her acclaimed American trilogy – a richly absorbing new novel that brings the remarkable Langdon family into our present times and beyond. Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family—and the dynamic times in which they’ve loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling.

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pultizer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Praise for earlier novels in the trilogy:
“Staggering…a masterpiece in the making…Intimate, miraculous—an American saga every bit as ambitious as Updike’s magnum opus” —USA Today

“Audaciously delicious, impeccably drawn…Every character steals our heart. We read these lives, and we find our own.” —Chicago Tribune

“Wondrous…A good reminder that the big juicy novel is ascendant again…The surprises are irresistible. Smiley develops lives that are rich, mysterious, and constantly changing…The events become mesmerizing, the reading compulsive.” —The Washington Post

Golden Age takes readers from 1987 up to 2020, lending a prophetic eye to the world beyond the pages. There’s much to admire: Smiley’s attention to detail in each and every year; her knowledge of politics, environmentalism, and genetics; her humor; her stripped back prose.
… Smiley chronicles 20th-century life like few have, with the same scope and fastidiousness of Phillip Roth, Saul Bellow, and John Updike. —Miami New Times

Kris Welch is a veteran KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a grandmother.

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