The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel: Tom Perrotta & Maria Semple (2013)

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On October 22, 2013, authors Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple read from the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre stage in The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel: Tom Perrotta & Maria Semple, as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. A book signing and reception followed.

Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers and Nine Inches. Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into award-winning movies. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the novels Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and This One Is Mine. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for the television shows Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker. She lives in Seattle, Washington.