Basso Cannarsa/Random House

George Saunders is the author of numerous short story collections, including “Tenth of December,” “In Persuasion Nation” and “Pastoralia.” His most recent novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” won the 2017 Man Booker Prize and is now out in paperback. Saunders has won a Guggenheim, a MacArthur and many other awards. We talk to him in front of an audience at Literary Arts in downtown Portland.

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