GLOBAL FICTION AND AMERICAN READERS
Presented by ZYZZYVA
Hearing Room 4: 12:15—1:30pm

Are we seeing a resurgence among US readers for global fiction? And if so, what's behind the popularity and attraction of the work of such authors as Elena Ferrante, Valeria Luiselli, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Cesar Aira, Fiston Mwanza Mujila?

MAURO JAVIER CARDENAS’s essays and interviews have appeared in BOMB, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Quarterly Conversation. His first novel, The Revolutionaries Try Again, will be published by Coffee House Press in Fall 2016.

BRAD JOHNSON is an independent scholar specializing in aesthetics and religion, essayist-reviewer, and manager at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland.

CAILLE MILLNER is an editorial writer and columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of the memoir The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification. Her story "The Politics of the Quotidian" (ZYZZYVA No. 104) will appear in Best American Short Stories 2016.

OSCAR VILLALON (moderator) is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA and former San Francisco Chronicle books editor.