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Thirty five years after the publication of her first book, Jane Smiley's achievements are exhaustive.

Since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, Smiley was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, won the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and chaired the judges' panel for the Man Booker International Prize. As diligent as she is acclaimed, Smiley has published more than fifteen successful novels, as well as an impressive array of short stories and nonfiction.

Now Smiley's well on her way to finishing one of her most ambitious projects yet: A trilogy, published within the course of a single year.

The trilogy follows a century in the life of the Langdon family. What begins with a clan of Iowa farmers struggling to survive the Great Depression blooms into a multigenerational tale of love, loss, and the inevitable momentum of time.

We'll talk with Smiley about the most recent installment in her trilogy, Early WarningWe'll also hear about Golden Age, the third and final book in the series. It hits shelves later this month.

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