Have an urge to write short stories or a novel? Or maybe you just love to read them? You won’t want to miss two acclaimed writers, Megha Majumdar ’10 (author of the bestselling A Burning) and Allegra Goodman ’89 (prizewinning author of six novels), in a conversation moderated by Keith Raffel ’72 (Mather House writer-in-residence). You’ll hear these two Harvard alums tell all—from how they got started, to how they keep going, to what’s next.
Allegra Goodman is distinguished for her six novels and two books of short stories. The New York Times reviewer of her latest book, The Chalk Artist, wrote, “Not since I… stepped out into the frozen, pine-scented forests of Narnia can I remember being so effectively transported into a viscerally, sometimes terrifyingly plausible alternate universe.” Allegra’s novel Kaaterskill Falls was a National Book Award finalist, and her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories.
Megha Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning, set in India, was published in June 2020. In her review, prizewinning author Susan Choi wrote, “Fate has rarely been so many-faced, so muscular, so mercurial, or so mesmerizing as it is in A Burning.” A New York Times bestseller, the book was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction.