God and Fiction


Do writers of fiction have to create a cosmology in order to exist? How does the secular world challenge a fiction that is wrestling with questions of faith? For cultural atheists, what is it like to work and live in the US, the most religious country in the West? These are a few of the questions that Chris Adrian, Nathan Englander and Aleksandar Hemon will address tomorrow night at
Shakespeare & Co
for the

event in Paris. Following a reading from each of the authors, there will be a discussion on religion and atheism in fiction, with Granta editor John Freeman as moderator.

In the video below, Aleksandar Hemon and Stuart Dybek talk about what Chicago means to them. The video was made for Granta 108: Chicago, where Hemon’s memoir piece ‘If God Existed, He’d be a Solid Midfielder’ and Dybek’s ‘Seiche’ both appeared.

Photography by Velibor Bozovic


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‘The Bible made me a raging heathen feminist. Does that count?’: your unadaluterated Feminist Bibles.

‘Kill something larger than a squirrel at least once a day’, and other Notes for a Young Gentleman from Toby Litt.

Elizabeth Bishop and Sacrificial Feminism: a look at women-only poetry anthologies.

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