David Foster Wallace said that George Saunders was the most exciting writer in America. That kind of thing has been said a lot about George since then. For people who pay close attention to the state of American fiction, he has become a kind of superhero. The author of nine books, George has now produced his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, an unforgettable story that uses as its touchstone the death of Abraham Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son, Willie. Michael Williams meets ‘the writer for our time.’

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Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams was the director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne until March 2020. He worked at the Wheeler Centre since its inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as director in September 2011. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing, as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters) and as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.