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Jennifer Egan: There’s No Way Out From the Collective Consciousness

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Jennifer Egan on the dangers of 'The Candy House'

Jennifer Egan’s latest novel, The Candy House, is a companion piece to her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, but there really isn’t much readers need to know before picking up this new title. Egan imagines a world where technology can capture and preserve...
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Santa Barbara Independent

Recap | Jennifer Egan and Pico Iyer at UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall

Jennifer Egan speaks not just in complete sentences, but in thoughtful, entertaining, and insightful sentences — three adjectives that are also apt descriptions for her conversation with Pico Iyer last weekend. The kickoff to UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Speaking with Pico series was exactly the kind of invigorating discussion that makes me yearn to curl up with an authors’ backlist for a long cozy week in front of the fireplace.
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Santa Barbara Independent

ON Culture | Enjoy the BASSH with Cinderella, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Egan and more!

This edition of ON Culture was originally emailed to subscribers on November 4, 2022. To receive Leslie Dinaberg’s arts newsletter in your inbox on Fridays, sign up at ON the (Big Screen) “Jamie Lee Curtis has long since proven that she has staying power. People want to watch...

Q&A with ‘The Candy House’ author Jennifer Egan

Have you ever wanted to relive your old memories? What would it mean if you could?. In “The Candy House,” author Jennifer Egan imagines a technology — Own Your Unconscious — that allows users to upload all of their memories into a cube-shaped hard drive and review them with a headset. The technology evolves into the Collective Conscious, a shared database of memories anyone can access for the price of their own consciousness being added to the collective.

Barack Obama Shares Summer Reading List, Playlist Featuring Jennifer Egan, Wet Leg

Former President Barack Obama shared his list of favorite songs and books of 2022 thus far, featuring a string of heavy-hitting favorites and newcomers alike. “Every year, I get excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your replies — it’s an example of how music really can bring us all together,” Obama wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Kansas Public Radio

Conversations: Jennifer Egan, "The Candy House"

On this edition of Conversations, Jennifer Egan talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, “The Candy House.” Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction including "A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Calling All Book Clubs: Group Discount for Jennifer Egan at the JCC

On Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-8:30pm, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan will be in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin about her latest book, The Candy House, the “sibling novel” to A Visit From the Goon Squad. The event will take place at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan at 334 Amsterdam Ave (at 76th Street), and Egan will be signing copies of her book following the talk!

Jennifer Egan: A Visit From The Goon Squad

In June Mohsin Hamid will be discussing his novel Exit West. Favourite episodes of World Book Club, featuring Maya Angelou and Henning Mankell. Henning Mankel, Patrica Cornwell, Jo Nesbo: stars of the genre discuss their craft. Tales from History. From the tulip fields of 17th Century Amsterdam to the trenches...

Wed 9 AM | Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan returns with 'The Candy House'

We don't do many interviews about novels on the JX. But... Jennifer Egan? We could not turn down the offer to talk to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Egan is out with a new novel, her seventh, called The Candy House. You know how...

Books to bring us together: Jennifer Egan, Howard Jacobson, Monica Ali and more share their picks

Jennifer Egan: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier. Lanier’s provocatively titled book may in itself appear divisive, but the tools for unity are abundant within this brief and lucid volume. Chief among them is Lanier’s reminder that strife and division –– conflict, in other words –– are encouraged, incited, stoked and rewarded by the online platforms that many of us use to communicate. Lanier is a longtime tech insider (he coined the phrase “virtual reality” in the 1980s) who still works for Microsoft, but he pulls no punches when it comes to indicting his industry. Insisting that we call “engagement” by its true name, “behaviour modification”, Lanier argues that we are being nudged into discord by the seemingly neutral conduits of our online communities – all to the profit of data-gathering systems in which we, the users, are actually the products. There is a silver lining to this frightening vision: we are not as far apart as we may think. Walking away is possible, and awareness itself is a useful tool. Lanier’s book provides that.
Daily Beast

Jennifer Egan Leads a Tour of Her Latest Fractured Fairytale

In the song “Fashion,” David Bowie once warned, “We are the Goon Squad and we’re coming to town.” Beep beep, indeed. Now—following her own Bowiesque tendency toward technological and societal speculation—Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer-winning Goon Squad has returned, this time via a sequel entitled The Candy House: a postmodern fairy tale that breadcrumbs readers through questions about the implications of digital technology, the illusion or authenticity of fate, and the nature of consciousness.

Monday, May 16th: Mary Olive Pierson, Jennifer Egan, Emma Straub

Attorney Mary Olive Pierson discusses issues pertaining to St. George parish and comments on the overturning of Roe v. Wade. American novelist and short-story writer Jennifer Egan speaks on her recent book, "The Candy House". American novelist and bookstore owner Emma Straub talks about her recent book, "This Time Tomorrow".
Harvard Crimson

Jennifer Egan Owns Her Unconscious

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan gathered at the Brattle Theater on Friday, April 8, for an hour-long event featuring a reading and Q&A from the author’s latest novel, “The Candy House.” The new novel touches on themes of technology and memory and features a software called “Own Your Unconscious,” which grants its users access to their repressed or forgotten memories.

Book review (fiction): 'The Candy House,' by Jennifer Egan

Midway into Jennifer Egan’s “The Candy House,” you might find yourself moaning, “Why don’t novels come with an index?” A “sibling novel” — per Egan — to her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” this book takes a similar form, with a considerable cast of intricately connected characters shifting through different configurations in interlocking stories set in the recent past and not so distant future and told in a dizzying variety of ways.

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan review – new tech, old wounds

A visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan’s 2010 Pulitzer-winning rock’n’roll novel, felt like the beginning of something. It was a tale as gimmicky and restless as the smartphone era threatened to be. One chapter was written entirely in PowerPoint slides; another in textspeak (“if thr r children, thr mst b a fUtr, rt?”). The cast was a neon collision of kleptomaniacs, philanderers, It girls, autocrats and a guitar band called the Flaming Dildos. And the plot ricocheted like a browsing-addled brain. But if A Visit from the Goon Squad carried the promise of a grand wave of tech-inflected fiction, that literary trend never quite materialised. In an era of screen-curated selfhood, autofiction surged instead.

Jennifer Egan: ‘Dialogue is impossible if no one will let the other person speak’

Jennifer Egan understands the escapism a good novel can offer. But equally she values fiction as a place to explore our darkest hours. “There’s so much dread and worry in our make-up,” explains the literary star over video call from her home in New York. “This sense we’re going to be smote from above is part of the human experience. I tend to think that, if we can figure out how to make the f***ing planet stop heating, we’ll be OK!” A pause. “At the same time, maybe our dread comes from the deep knowledge that we won’t stop until...

In The Candy House, Jennifer Egan delivers an inventive novel for a digital age

In her typically inventive fashion, Jennifer Egan calls The Candy House, the follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011), a “sibling novel”. Is this new book smarter, better-looking, more charismatic than its older sister or brother? I don’t think it is a question worth posing: it’s easy to love these two fascinating children just the same. Review: The Candy House – Jennifer Egan (Corsair) According to Egan, The Candy House follows a number of [A Visit from the Goon Squad’s] peripheral characters into their own futures and pasts to create an independent work with a new...
Minnesota Daily

Jennifer Egan creates fictional worlds that explore time and space

As adolescents, we learn the rules of writing. Then, as adults, we learn that sometimes the best books result from breaking them. Jennifer Egan is a perfect example of what happens when writers experiment with language, plot and setting. Her genre-bending, time-defying books have received critical acclaim and worked their way into the hearts of many readers.