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March 7 2014 3:25 PM

The Audio Book Club Live in Seattle!

Dan, Hanna, and Hugh Howey on Slaughterhouse-Five and the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut.

Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin and Hugh Howey.
Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Hugh Howey.

Photo by Andy Bowers

This month Slate’s Audio Book Club hits the road for a live show at Town Hall Seattle. Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and special guest star Hugh Howey (Wool) discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel of war and space aliens, Slaughterhouse-Five. The trio discuss Vonnegut’s deep depression, the way Billy Pilgrim’s travels through time mimic the vagaries of memory, and the nature of fan fiction —especially in relation to Howey’s story set in the “Vonnegut world,” “Peace in Amber.” Listen along!

Next month’s Audio Book Club will discuss Maria Semple’s comic bestseller Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Read the book (or listen to it!) and join us for our discussion on April 11.

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Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 65 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.

Hugh Howey is the author of Wool and “Peace in Amber.”

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

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.