Jennifer Egan, author of "Manhattan Beach"

Jennifer Egan, author of “Manhattan Beach”

Photo: Pieter M. Van Hettem

On this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan joins us in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a lecture on the journey to her New York Times best seller “Manhattan Beach”. In her own words, Egan takes us through her research process for the novel—from the initial spark of intrigue and inspiration, through the many stories she uncovered along the way, and finally to the relationships she was able to foster and channel into the final product.


Jennifer Egan is the author of “Manhattan Beach”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad”, “The Keep”, “Look at Me”, “The Invisible Circus,” and the story collection “Emerald City”. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Of her writing, George Saunders has said: “To see the world through Egan’s eyes is to be moved, through language, to new adoration of the world. I don’t know a better writer working today. There is a generosity in her prose that is vastly enlivening to its reader and brings about that beautiful effect fiction sometimes causes: more, and better-grounded, fondness for reality, just as it is.” For more information on Jennifer Egan, visit