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National Book Festival

Paul Auster achieved critical acclaim with his first work, a memoir, “The Invention of Solitude.” He followed that up with the equally praised “The New York Trilogy,” a series of detective stories published in one volume. Auster’s detective stories are anything but traditional, as they explore issues of identity and existentialism. He has gone on to pen such notable works as “The Book of Illusions” and “Travels in the Scriptorium.” He is also an accomplished poet and translator, who has translated works by such notable writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Stephane Mallarme. Numerous awards have come Auster’s way, and he is a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Auster will participate in the Books in Translation panel in the Poetry & Prose pavilion. His newest work is “Report from the Interior” (Picador).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Paul Auster

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