The Human Comedy: Serious Humor in the American Novel

Authors Tom Perrotta & Maria Semple read from the Folger stage as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. A book signing and reception will follow.

Tom Perrotta is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers and Nine Inches. Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into award-winning movies. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Maria Semple is the author of the novels Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and This One Is Mine. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for the television shows Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker. She lives in Seattle, Washington.