Zachary Lazar with Garnette Cadogan
February 15, 2018, 7:00 PM
In Vengeance, Zachary Lazar's latest novel, a writer befriends a man serving a life sentence in a Louisiana prison. As he slowly unravels the details of the inmate's story, the complexities of the situation become an obsession. Lazar's novel is an empathetic exploration of the incarceration crisis, racial bias and the pursuit of punitive justice.
"I am stunned by the daring, meticulous, and unsentimental intelligence of this riveting book . . . Vengeance is a masterwork, the most important American book I've read this year, and the most moving and mesmerizing. —Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name
Zachary Lazar is the author of three previous books, including the novel Sway, chosen as a Best Book of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Publishers Weekly, and Newsday, and the memoir Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2009. Lazar is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and, most recently, the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “a writer in mid-career whose work has demonstrated consistent excellence.” He lives in New Orleans.