Back Faith, Fiction, and Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, with Paul Elie and Ayana Mathis


Tuesday, May 21—Published in 1961, Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer announced a major new voice in American fiction. In this lush, New Orleans–based novel, the forty-four-year-old doctor-turned-writer set out to explore what he called “the strange spiritual malady of the modern age.” What he gave us, says writer Paul Elie, editor of a new LOA edition of Percy’s novels, is “the first work of what we call contemporary American fiction, the earliest novel to render a set of circumstances and an outlook that still feel recognizably ours.”

Join Elie, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and New York Times best-selling novelist Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie) for a conversation about faith, fiction, and the novel that established Percy as a peerless examiner of American alienation and redemption.

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