Learn All About: George Saunders

George Saunders
Category: Reading
Tagged: book talk

George Saunders has been lauded as "the best [living] short story writer in English" and won literary prizes ranging from the MacArthur "Genius Grant" to the inaugural Folio Prize. Tenth of December, his most recent collection, was called "the best book you'll read this year" by New York Times Magazine. Despite these laurels, Saunders isn't exactly a household name and, as our Book Talk discussion showed, he’s a Marmite writer – you love him or hate him.

Before making up our minds, we did a little digging and discovered a huge treasure trove of freely accessible stories, essays and columns. Dave Eggers claims there's "no-one better". You be the judge.

Open Culture have collated 10 free short stories by George Saunders from across the web.

Longform and Byliner have collected some of Saunders’ essays and articles.

Listen in to Between The Covers for an in-depth podcast interview with George Saunders.

Saunders on writing and technology.

The full archives of American Psyche, Saunders’ humour column for The Guardian Weekend Magazine

Hear George Saunders reading Sticks from Tenth of December on Book Talk.

If you've read Tenth of December, or some of the freely available stories from the collection we've linked above, what did you think? Are you a fan of the sci-fi feel or did you struggle to complete the book? Let us know in the comments - and if you've any suggestions for further reading, let us know!

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