Gish Jen

The Resisters: On Writing a Baseball Dystopia

Noted author Gish Jen has long been known as a chronicler of the American experiment. She is also given to throwing a curveball. Her newest book, The Resisters, was a surprise even to her. How did she come to write a post-automation, surveillance state, feminist baseball dystopia? Did she even know anything about baseball? Why is the book at once so alarming and so warm? And isn’t it really about parenting? She will attempt to answer these and other questions.

Gish Jen has published short works in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals, anthologies and textbooks. Her work was featured in a PBS American Masters special on the American novel. Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an awarded author of fiction and non-fiction including Mona in the Promised Land, Typical American, and Who’s Irish?

Sponsored by Putnam Foundation/New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.