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Saturday June 15, 9:00am—9:45am Atheneum Great Hall

Ben Fountain with Michael Schulder

Author of the highly acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, Ben Fountain speaks from the trenches of our current state of divisiveness in his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again. His vivid essays portray the US today in its third era of major crisis, on par with the struggle over slavery eventuating the Civil War, and the Great Depression, the industrialized world’s worst economic downturn. He wrenches us as readers and citizens out of our aimless complaints, and confronts us with the social and economic realities in America today.

Ben will be in conversation with journalist Michael Schulder, host of Wavemaker Conversations: A Podcast for the Insanely Curious.