Laird Hunt in conversation with Josh Kendall
February 16, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Evening Road, the new novel by Laird Hunt, is the story of two women fleeing secrets they hope they have left behind through an America riven by fear and hatred. Ottie Lee Henshaw is a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana; Calla Destry is a determined young woman desperate to escape her town’s violence and to find the lover who has promised her a new life. Their fates will collide in a world populated by frenzied demagogues and crazed revelers, by marauding vigilantes and grim fish suppers, by possessed bloodhounds and the Ku Klux Klan. Laird will be joined in conversation by his editor Josh Kendall (VP, Editorial Director & Executive Editor of Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Co.).
Laird Hunt is the author, most recently, of Neverhome, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection and an Indie Next selection, winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine and The Bridge prize, and a finalist for the Prix Femina Étranger. A resident of Boulder, CO, he is on the faculty in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Denver, where he edits the Denver Quarterly.
Josh Kendall is a VP and Executive Editor at Little, Brown & Co., where he also serves as the Editorial Director of Mulholland Books. He’s worked with writers as varied as Laird Hunt, Robert Galbraith, Tana French, Stewart O’Nan and JJ Abrams, and this summer published the No. 1 IndieNext selection and New York Times bestselling novel by Ben Winters, Underground Airlines. He was also the editor of the histories The Boys in the Boat and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, he lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.