January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Garth Greenwell will read from and discuss his second book of fiction, Cleanness, which is a January Indie Next Selection and has been named a most anticipated book of 2020 by the New York Times, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and Oprah Magazine, among others. His first novel, What Belongs to You, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the LA Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a best book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Greenwell lives in Iowa City, and is currently teaching at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of House of Stone.  Winner of the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a fiction editor at the Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in San Francisco. She is currently teaching at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

In 2020, FSG invites you to celebrate the power of the imagination and the writers who give us reasons to read: for solace, for protection, for instruction, for survival, for music. Dare to Imagine events bring together writers and readers to share the transformative possibilities of literature. Cleanness was selected as part of this campaign, and a reception sponsored by FSG will follow the event.

"I don't know how Garth Greenwell writes such delicate, profane fiction. These stories are grace and salt, tenderness and shadow. Reading this book made me want to sit with my emotions and desires; it made me want to be a better writer." --Carmen Maria Machado

"This could only be the work of a master." --Alexander Chee