United States of Resistance event with Nathan Hill and Simon Wroe, chaired by Max Liu

  • Waterstones Gower St, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ
    Waterstones Gower St
    82 Gower Street London , WC1E 6EQ UNITED KINGDOM
  • 09/10/2017 18:30 - 09/10/2017 18:30

THE UNITED STATES OF RESISTANCE is a literary salon celebrating writers who speak truth to power. In October THE UNITED STATES OF RESISTANCE returns with two writers, whose recent novels provide relevant and razor-sharp commentary on today’s climate of political turmoil. Nathan Hill’s The Nix is a razor-sharp satire of American history and modern technology, which has been compared to Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Thomas Pynchon. Here Comes Trouble is a surreal and blackly comic novel about a distant country where revolution is a foot. Nathan Hill and Simon Wroe will be talking to journalist Max Liu about classic satire It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. First published in 1935, this novel was written during the rise of European fascism and features an anti-hero who is elected US president, after whipping up support among angry voters on the back of firebrand rhetoric, fear-mongering populism and anti-Mexican sentiment. Unsurprisingly, this book shot up the bestseller lists in January 2017 following Donald Trump’s election as US President. Join them to discuss what we can learn from Sinclair Lewis about resisting power today and the challenges of writing fiction in the age of Trump.

About Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill's short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he now lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. The Nix is his first novel.