San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – On Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts presents celebrated best-selling author GEORGE SAUNDERS.

A prolific writer, Saunders’ long-awaited novel and most recent book, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” was published earlier this year and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. The popular audiobook features no less than 166 narrators and celebrities reading from the book – Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Megan Mullally and Don Cheadle are among the celebrities who have all lent their voices to narrate the story about Abraham Lincoln mourning his son Willie in a graveyard full of ghosts.

Saunders is also the author four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. His collection, “Tenth of December,” was the winner of the 2014 Story Prize and the 2014 Folio Prize. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Genius grant, his work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s Magazine, and has appeared in the O’Henry, Best American Short Story, Best Non-Required Reading, and Best American Travel Writing anthologies. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2013.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $27.20 – $54 may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

For the Cal Poly Arts engagement, Saunders will be discussing his new “Lincoln in the Bardo” best-selling novel and narrating a staged reading of excerpts from the book, performed by members of the Cal Poly English Department. The readings and discussion will be followed by a Q & A with the author.

Presented in partnership with the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries

VIP RECEPTION TICKETS AVAILABLE: Choose the “VIP Author Reception Package” price to attend an exclusive hosted author reception and meet & greet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the Library Foundation.

Sponsored by Carol MacCurdy & Tom Nuckols, Central Coast Writers Conference, City of San Luis Obispo, New Times

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