Jones will interview Anderson about his newest work, Symphony for the City of the Dead, a stunning new work of nonfiction about the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad during World War Two. Anderson will discuss the “Long Write,” managing unwieldy research, and finding focus and structure in depicting chaotic, anarchic, and overlapping periods of history. The conversation will also touch on Anderson’s whole oeuvre, uncommon in its breadth and uncompromising in its integrity.

Anderson, a National Book Award winner, is a former MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults faculty member and current VCFA Board of Trustees member. Symphony for the City of the Dead, published by Candlewick Press, has been named a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the New York Times. This week, his book was named a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

Jones, a longtime faculty member for the MFA in Writing for Children & Faculty program, has written more than 30 books, including adult novels, picture books, short story anthologies, and middle-grade and young adult novels. His latest book, The Emperor of Anyplace, was released in 2015 and has won numerous awards and accolades.

The interview will take place in VCFA’s College Hall Chapel at 4:15 p.m. as part of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults winter residency. We will also livestream the interview here.