Last night my mom and I had the privilege of watching John Irving, the greatest living fiction writer, be interviewed and give a reading from his new book, at the Free Library of Philadelphia. An amazing night. Sadly, there wasn’t a signing, but it didn’t really matter. Just to be in the same room as one of my biggest idols, listening him talk about the craft, was astounding.
Irving wrote one of the greatest novels ever (it’s my favorite novel), A Prayer for Owen Meany. His new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, was just released.