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Another Big Catch: Acclaimed author George Saunders to visit Harrisburg.

Another big literary name is about to hit Harrisburg, as Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders is slated to make a February visit.

Alex Brubaker, manager of Midtown Scholar Bookstore, said today that Saunders, author of “Lincoln in the Bardo,” will pass through Harrisburg on Feb. 9 for a reading and book-signing.

“We’re thrilled to welcome an author of this caliber to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore,” he said. “After winning the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Saunders has solidified himself as one of the most renowned American writers working today. It’s an honor to host him.”

This past year, Saunders made his debut as a novel-writer in an emphatic manner as “Lincoln in the Bardo” became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and subsequently won the Man Booker Prize, one of most prestigious international awards in literature. The novel blends historical realism with supernatural elements to tell an original and moving American tale.

Saunders’ visit caps off for an exciting year locally, as many acclaimed writers, including Salman Rushdie, Masha Gessen and Ibram X. Kendi, have all visited Midtown Scholar over the past few months. Moreover, the bookstore hosted the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival, which featured four days of author talks, signings and events.

George Saunders will present “Lincoln in the Bardo” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

For Alex Brubaker’s gift ideas for the book-lover, visit our story in the December issue.

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