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Powell's Books Presents Saïd Sayrafiezadeh in Conversation With David Adjmi
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh has been hailed by Philip Gourevitch as "a masterful storyteller working from deep in the American grain." His new collection of stories — some of which have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories — is set in a contemporary America full of the kind of emotionally bruised characters familiar to readers of Denis Johnson and George Saunders. These are people contending with internal struggles — a son’s fractured relationship with his father, the death of a mother, the loss of a job, drug addiction — even as they are battered by larger, often invisible, economic, political, and racial forces of American society. Searing, intimate, often slyly funny, and always marked by a deep imaginative sympathy, American Estrangement (W. W. Norton) is a testament to our addled times. It will cement Sayrafiezadeh’s reputation as one of the essential 21st-century American writers. Sayrafiezadeh will be joined in conversation by playwright David Adjmi, author of Lot Six and Marie Antoinette.

Aug 11, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, and a story collection, Brief Encounters with the Enemy. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and a Cullman Center Fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Granta, the New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney’s. He teaches at New York University and Hunter College and lives in New York City.
David Adjmi
David Adjmi was called "virtuosic" by the New York Times and he was named one of the Top Ten in Culture in 2012 by The New Yorker. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim, the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Whiting Award, and the Kesselring Prize, among others. His plays have been produced at theatres such as Lincoln Center, RSC, Steppenwolf, and Soho Rep—where he was the Mellon Foundation playwright-in-residence for three years. His new play The Stumble is a commission from Lincoln Center Theatre and was recently excerpted in The Paris Review. Stereophonic (with music by Will Butler from Arcade Fire) is scheduled to premiere on Broadway next season. Forthcoming projects include The Blind King, White Ally, and a new untitled musical based on Brian Wilson’s creation of the SMiLE album. David’s aclaimed memoir LOT SIX was recently published by HarperCollins, and his two play collections, Stunning and Other Plays and 1789/1978: Marie Antoinette and 3C, are published by TCG.