Two of his most recent novels, Affliction (1989) and The Sweet Hereafter: A Novel (1991), have been made into major motion pictures. Continental Drift (1988) explores the collision of worlds in American life and Rule of the Bone: A Novel (1995) is an original contribution to that great tradition of American journeys that includes Huckleberry Finn (1885) and Catcher in The Rye (1951).
Banks was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1940 and raised in the small town of Barnstead, New Hampshire. He studied at Colgate and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Banks lives most of the year near Keene, New York. He has been the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton University. Please join us for a reading from one of our greatest contemporary novelists.
This reading is part of the series The Great American Epic.