Author Andrew Sean Greer talks with Jesse Blackadder about writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ‘Less’.
Byron Writers Festival invites you to an evening with Andrew Sean Greer, whose comic-novel Less took the literary world by storm when it won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Join Greer in conversation with Jesse Blackadder as he sheds light on his witty and wistful Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less – the story of an abruptly single minor novelist on the cusp of 50, who embarks on an odyssey through New York, Paris, Berlin, Morocco, India and Kyoto, but finds he cannot outrun his problems (or his ex-boyfriend’s wedding).
About the book
Who says you can’t run away from your problems…
Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can’t say yes — it would be too awkward; he can’t say no — it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.
From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.
When: Wednesday 8 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Google Map
Tickets: $25 Members / $30 General
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of previous five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has travelled to all of the locations in this novel, but he is only big in Italy.
Praise for Less
‘As a novel, it’s delightful. As a Pulitzer winner, it’s a unicorn.’ – Ron Charles for The Washington Post