At first glance, acclaimed fiction writer Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son) would have little in common with lauded historian and biographer T.J. Stiles (The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt), until you learn they both are Pulitzer Prize recipients. What are the other bridges between them? And what else do exemplary fiction and nonfiction have in common? (Hint: mountains of exacting research.) How did life change for these two authors after the award? Expect to be both informed and entertained by these two masters of craft.
Adam Johnson has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and is author of The Orphan Master’s Son, which won the 2013 Pulitzer for fiction. His new book is Fortune Smiles: Stories. An associate writing professor at Stanford, his fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper’s, and The Best American Short Stories.
T. J. Stiles
T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America. A Guggenheim fellow, he has taught creative nonfiction at Columbia.