While the world is embroiled in cultural wars, four distinguished American authors take a breather and share how they chill and recharge, and offer advice to audiences on how to deal with the ongoing chaos. Moderated by Michelle Martin.
Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic-USA)
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/O. Henry Award.
Ben Katchor (USA)
Ben Katchor is the author of several collections of comic strips: Hand-Drying in America; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Jew of New York; and others. He has collaborated with musician Mark Mulcahy on a number of shows for musical theatre. The recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he is an associate professor and the director of the illustration programme at Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York City.
Sarah Churchwell (USA-UK)
Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is an American-born academic with the University of London, where she is a professor of American literature and the chair in public understanding of the humanities, as well as the director of the Being Human festival.
Miriam Bird Greenberg (USA)
Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth and All night in the new country. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, she is currently working on a fieldwork-derived manuscript about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is the 2016-2017 Singapore Creative Writing Resident at NUS/The Arts House.