What are the different lies that both aspiring and accomplished writers are told about their career trajectory and what are the white lies they tell themselves? Guest Curator Lisa Lucas explores these deceptions and blind spots of a literary life with 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer (Less) and acclaimed novelist and essayist Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel).

Andrew Sean Greer (International)

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Andrew has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY Show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Less. He lives in San Francisco.

Alexander Chee (International)

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist — and how we form our identities in life and in art. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly, Time Magazine, New York Magazine and the Washington Post, among others. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, and “incendiary” by The New York Times.

Lisa Lucas (International)

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards and a non-profit organisation devoted to celebrating the best literature in America, expanding its audience, and ensuring that books have a prominent place in American culture. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she served as the Publisher of Guernica Magazine and the Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Chicago.