The Future of Memory: Jennifer Egan and Sheila Heti

12 May 2022
8:30 pm ET
Judson Memorial Church
 $20
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Jennifer Egan and Sheila Heti have reshaped how we write human experience and reimagined what a book can hold. Egan is “known for her roving, unpredictable imagination, and for the dazzling ingenuity of her narrative conceits,” (The New Yorker)—famously having conceived a section of A Visit from the Goon Squad as an evocative PowerPoint presentation. Her latest work, The Candy House—a sibling novel to Goon Squad, slyly revisiting certain central characters—further bends form to marry literature with the technologies that reshape our relationships to memory, language, and subjectivity. Sheila Heti, called “a philosopher of modern experience,” sets her novel Pure Colour in God’s first draft of creation, in which an aspiring art critic at one point connects with her deceased father by becoming part of a leaf. Whether in the organic, the theologic, or the technologic, Egan and Heti innovate form as they explore—and provoke—shifting ideas of human consciousness. This conversation will be moderated by Laila Lalami, author of the National Book Award shortlisted novel The Other Americans and The Dream Hotel, which will be her sixth book. ASL interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL.

Please note: as of May 10, the elevator of this historic venue is non-functioning. The event space is located up stairs. Contact us at publicprograms@pen.org with questions. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Jennifer Egan headshot
Jennifer Egan
Laila Lalami headshot
Laila Lalami
Sheila Heti headshot
Sheila Heti