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Hofstra Readies for “A Visit From the Goon Squad”

Reading and Signing by Jennifer Egan, Nov. 4

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the best-selling novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, will be a guest at Hofstra University on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. Egan’s reading and book signing is part of the 10th annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series, presented by the Department of English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

A Visit From the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Catherine Schine, in her review of the book wrote in The New York Review of Books: “Jennifer Egan’s new novel is a moving humanistic saga, an enormous nineteenth-century-style epic brilliantly disguised as ironic postmodern pastiche.”

Egan is also the author of The Invisible Circus, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me and the bestselling The Keep. Also a journalist, she writes frequently for The New York Times Magazine.

Martha McPhee, author of four novels, including the recent Dear Money, and associate professor in Hofstra’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, said of Egan, “She is one of the single most exciting voices in contemporary fiction. … Though Egan is a traditional storyteller she is fearless and experimental with form, willing to try anything and make it surprise and affect.  A Visit From the Goon Squad, which looks at late 20th century America through the lens of the music industry, jazzed up a lot of people.  For the book Egan won the Pulitzer Prize.  She has a lot of fans.  I’m one of them and so are a group of high school students from Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ – a group of 20 girls who have pooled their money to hire a bus in order to hear Egan read at Hofstra because Egan’s work has changed the way they view the world.  I guarantee that Hofstra students will enjoy Egan tremendously.”

The reading will take place at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Great Writers, Great Readings was launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education. In addition to a baccalaureate degree in English, Hofstra offers a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in English Literature.

Admission to all Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5410 or visit

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