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George Saunders is one of the funniest, sharpest and warmest short-story writers working in the English language. On this rare visit to Nottingham, he'll be reading from his astonishing new collection, 'The Tenth of December', and discussing his work with Jon McGregor. Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny with a prose style this fine. Zadie Smith We're lucky to have him Jonathan Franzen These stories are so good they make me want to punch myself in the face with delight. Jon McGregor