The Audio Book Club Talks George Saunders

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June 19 2013 10:01 AM

The Audio Book Club on Tenth of December 

Our critics discuss George Saunders’ book of short stories.

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This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois and Brow Beat editor David Haglund discuss Tenth of December, the best-selling book of “gently postmodern” short stories by George Saunders. The critics discuss Saunders’ view of the modern world, the funniness and originality of his voice, and whether it’s surprising that America has fallen for a writer as weird and theoretically unmarketable as him.

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Next month the Audio Book Club will discuss The Interestings, a big, sweeping novel about talent, friendship, and fate in contemporary New York City, by Meg Wolitzer. Read the Slate Book Review’s conversation between Wolitzer and her editor, check out the book, and join us for our discussion on July 12.

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 60 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.

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Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.