Jane Smiley and NPR's Lynn Neary discuss "Some Luck" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley has written many critically acclaimed and popular novels, including "The Greenlanders," "Ordinary Love and Good Will," "A Thousand Acres," "Horse Heaven," "Good Faith," "The Georges and the Jewels" and her latest book, "Some Luck." She has also written for the New Yorker, Horseman, Harper's, The Nation and other publications. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Smiley was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and 1987.
Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella, a fresh-out-of-college twenty-something, decided she wanted to save the world. Since joining with the band Jars of Clay to found the nonprofit Blood:Water, Nardella has helped provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa, healthcare for over 62,00 people in HIV affected areas, and more. In her new memoir, Nardella shares her journey over the last ten years, offering a fresh, honest, and intelligent perspective of what it looks like to continue to fight for your dreams and love the world even amidst harsh realities, brokenness, and corruption.