Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout will visit Lancaster County for library benefit

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout will talk about her work during a visit here later this month. Elizabeth Strout likes to be surprised when she writes. When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge” dives deep into the life of one of her characters, she doesn’t know where it might lead. Strout, who will be in Lancaster County later this month for the Spring Author Luncheon, knows that she’s always striving to reach the “darker crevices” of her characters’ minds. “I never go to the page with an agenda,” Strout, 62, says during a telephone interview from her New York City apartment. “I’m just there to see who they are and report on them.” “If I’m not surprised, then that’s a bad thing, because then the reader won’t be surprised,” she says. “I’m very often surprised, and that’s really a good day at work, when something happens that surprises me.” Strout’s novels always surprise because she creates complex characters who are rarely predictable and tend to inhabit dark corners of the worlds in which they live. All of her characters are fully drawn, no matter how repellent they might be or how horrid their circumstances. She is an extraordinarily […]

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