In 1995, I was working at a bookstore and a new short story writer came for a signing. Everyone was incredibly excited for the visit and raved about the story collection. The guy had been a technical writer, if I remember correctly, and he told me about writing his short stories at work, sneaking a few moments from The Man now and then. As someone who worked about five jobs while paying for college, this bit of professional subterfuge resonated and inspired me.
That night, George Saunders read “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” from his collection Civil War Land in Bad Decline. It was one of the most memorable literary nights of my life. Today, Saunders is earning well-deserved praise — and sales — for his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo.
Deadline Hollywood brings us news that the film rights to the acclaimed novel have been acquired by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Great news for a great writer.