Prized fiction

Author and journalist Jennifer Egan, who graduated from the College in 1985, was recently awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel, “A Visit From the Goon Squad.” The jury of judges called the novel “an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.”

Egan, the first Penn graduate to win the prestigious award for fiction, is scheduled to visit the Kelly Writers House on May 14, as part of Alumni Weekend. Egan will read at 4 p.m., along with poet and 2007 College grad Sam Donsky.

Reservations are required and can be made at whalumniweekend@writing.upenn.edu or 215-746-POEM.

Originally published on May 5, 2011