Start: 7:00 pm
With such novels as The God of War and No Direction Home, as well as the story collections, Alone with You and Babe in Paradise, Los Angeles writer Marisa Silver has been writing some of the most astute, brilliant fiction around. She visits with her extraordinary new novel, Mary Coin (Blue Rider), based in part on a woman photographed during the Great Depression by Dorothea Lange. "Mary Coin is quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years ... In her portrayal of a time in American history when survival was a day-to-day thing, Silver drills down to the absolute essentials: family, love, loss, the perpetual uncertainty of life ... Silver's wisdom is rare, and her novel is the work of a master." - Ben Fountain.