Allan Gurganus and Elizabeth Strout: Where We Are From (2015)

This event happened on April 17th 2015 at Folger Theatre

Few authors portray local life in America with as much generous care as Allan Gurganus and Elizabeth Strout. In acclaimed novels and stories, these authors explore the ways in which our sense of place intersects with our sense of self.

Allan Gurganus is the author of the novels Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Plays Well With Others and three collections of short fiction: The Practical Heart, Local Souls, and White People, which was a finalist for the 1992 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gurganus is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in a village of 6,000 residents in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of the bestselling novels Olive Kitteridge, Abide with Me, and The Burgess Boys, among other works. She has received the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City.