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National Book Award Finalist Karan Mahajan to Read at Bard College on February 26

Darren O'Sullivan
 Image Credit: Molly Winters
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, February 26, National Book Award finalist and 2017 Bard Fiction Prize–winning novelist Karan Mahajan will read from his work at Bard College. Mahajan’s novel The Association of Small Bombs (2016) won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, in addition to being named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and others. He will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. at Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Karan Mahajan studied English and economics at Stanford University before earning an MFA in fiction from the Michener Center for Writers. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2017, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, New Yorker online, The Believer, Paris Review Daily, and Bookforum.

For more information about the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, or to find out about opportunities for VIP access to series authors via the BackPage Pass Program for supporters of the literary journal Conjunctions, please call 845-758-7054, email, or visit
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This event was last updated on 02-20-2018