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Sigrid Nunez and Victoria Johnson at Concordia College in Moorhead for National Book Awards event

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Author Victoria Johnson, left, MPR’s Stephanie Curtis and author Sigrid Nunez talk during the 2019 National Book Awards evening with the authors at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.
Courtesy Justin Monroe | Concordia College

National Book Award finalist Victoria Johnson and National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez speak at the 14th annual National Book Awards event at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Victoria Johnson's "American Eden" recounts the little-known story of the founding of a botanical garden in post-Revolutionary America. It's the biography of David Hosack, a physician and polymath, who was a friend of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. It was a finalist in 2018 for the National Book Award for non-fiction.

Sigrid Nunez's, “The Friend,” is a novel exploring the aftermath of a suicide and an unexpected inheritance that upends the life of a woman in contemporary New York. Nunez won the National Book Award for fiction in 2018.

The books explore grief, ambition, the importance of intellectual pursuit, and life in New York City.

MPR’s Stephanie Curtis hosted the event at Concordia College in Moorhead on October 3, 2019.