How Stories Make the World

Sunday, April 29 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Literary

Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Saul, Ismail Muhammad, Anthony Marra, moderated by Joe Di Prisco

Everything we understand about the world comes from stories: those we hear in school, those we read in books, and those we believe about each other. These panelists—all titans of storytelling—will discuss the power stories have to galvanize the world, create cultures, and bind us all together. Don’t miss your chance to hear Joyce Carol Oates, who boasts a lifetime of achievements as a great American author and Pulitzer Prize nominee (her new story collection, “Beautiful Days” came out in February); Scott Saul, biographer of late comedian Richard Pryor and also a UC Berkeley English professor with Oates; writer and critic Ismail Muhammad; Chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project Joe Di Prisco; and Anthony Marra, recipient of the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize. These brilliant writers will interrogate how we shape stories—and how stories shape us.

Veteran's Memorial Building - Auditorium

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Arts + Design and the Simpson Family Literary Project