Author News and Book Reports
Jennifer Egan's 'Goon Squad' captures 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award
Widely acclaimed (Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc., etc.) bestselling novelist Jennifer Egan won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad, just as the trade paperback form of the book (Anchor; March, 2011) began landing in bookstores. We caught up with Egan last year at BookExpo America 2010 where she introduced her latest Escherian tour de force in an exploration of the written and spoken word with BBC Audiobook America's marketing director Michele Cobb. After comparing notes on choosing voice actors for audio books such as A Visit from the Goon Squad (BBC Audio; June, 2010), Egan and Cobb drilled down on audio book production values, followed by a discussion of Egan's last-minute decision to include a slideshow chapter in her new novel and the challenges of audio adaptations of novels. Egan and Cobb then discussed the question on everyone's mind regarding publishing's digital transition and closed their presentation with Egan's comments on the significance of rock 'n roll music references in A Visit from the Goon Squad before opening it up to questions from the audience on Egan's potential young adult market; the meaning of the novel's title; and her hand-written writing process. For more videos of Jennifer Egan, check out her appearance at the 2007 BookExpo America with Roy Blount, Jr. where she talked about The Invisible Circus and The Keep among other things.