Books: Surviving the California wildfires, George Saunders wins the Man Booker and more – Los Angeles Times

Where do you find a posse of bestselling novelists in L.A.? At Jennifer Egan’s Thursday reading at ALOUD at the Central Library for her latest, “Manhattan Beach.” The audience included Jade Chang (“The Wangs vs. The World”), Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny (“The Nest”) and Eden Lepucki (“California”) — all there to enjoy the conversation with Egan about her book. The discussion was moderated by Marisa Silver (yes, another bestselling author). What a literary force! I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg; welcome to this week’s newsletter.

THE BIG STORY

When novelist Stefan Kiesbye and his wife heard their dog banging on their bedroom door in the middle of the night, they thought it was because he’s a restless rescue. But Kiesbye, who teaches at Sonoma State, got up anyway to check on him. An hour later, the Kiesbyes were in the car, driving through the fire consuming their neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Here’s Stefan’s beautiful essay about the fires.

GEORGE SAUNDERS

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