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John Irving in conversation with Pamela Paul

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John Irving, Author, The Cider House Rules
Pamela Paul, Editor, The New York Times Book Review

Novelist and screenwriter John Irving is one of the most popular and respected writers in the world, whose novels have become American classics.

Irving’s first international bestseller, The World According to Garp, won a National Book Award in 1980, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Robin Williams. Since Garp’s release, Irving’s subsequent novels, including A Son of the Circus, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, The Fourth Hand, and Until I Find You, have been translated into over 30 languages and sold tens of millions of copies. His 14th novel, Avenue of Mysteries, debuted at #5 on The New York Times best sellers list in November 2015.

His novel, The Cider House Rules, became a movie in 1999 — 14 years after its initial publication. The film won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received seven Oscar nominations. Irving currently has three screenplays in progress.

Irving has won the O. Henry Award and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. A former competitive wrestler and coach, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 2001 was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Irving earned his MFA from the University of Iowa where he studied with author Kurt Vonnegut.

Journalist and editor Pamela Paul is editor of The New York Times Book Review, having previously served as the features editor and children’s book editor. She is also editor of the 2014 collection By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review.

The author of the memoir My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, Paul is co-author of the forthcoming How To Raise a Reader. Paul is also the author of The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified and Parenting, Inc. Her work has appeared in Time, Worth, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Economist, Vogue, and numerous other publications.

Paul began her writing career as a London- and New York-based correspondent for The Economist, and was previously a senior editor for American Demographics magazine. She is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and on National Public Radio.

She is a graduate of Brown University.