Jonathan Lethem joins Paul Holdengräber for a conversation as he bids farewell to his friends and fans at his last event before leaving for his appointed position as the Roy Edward Disney Professor in Creative Writing at Pomona College in California.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of seven novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Jonathem Lethem is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and his most recent book is Chronic City.
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of LIVE from the NYPL.
Jonathan Allen Lethem is an American writer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lethem trained to be an artist before moving to California and devoting his time to writing. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2005 he received a MacArthur Fellowship. Lethem is also a prolific essayist and short story writer.