Book Presentation

The Cactus League: Emily Nemens Reads from Her Novel

Event Information

  • Friday, December 16, 2022
  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Adam-Kuckhoff-Straße 35, SR 3
  • 06108 Halle (Saale)

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The Cactus League: Emily Nemens Reads from Her Novel

Emily Nemens is the author of The Cactus League, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR. Her fiction has appeared The Iowa ReviewThe Gettysburg Reviewn+1, and elsewhere. Emily spent a decade editing literary quarterlies, including The Paris Review, which won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Award for Fiction under her tenure, and The Southern Review. She is the winter 2022/23 Picador Professor at University of Leipzig and serves as the sports/senior editor for Stranger’s Guide. Read more about her creative, editorial, and educational work at

On December 16, 2022 at 12.15 – 1.30 pm (SR 3, Adam-Kuckhoff-Str. 35)

Emily Nemens will read from her debut novel The Cactus League (2020), which the critic Charles McGrath from The New York Times Book Review describes as follows

“But what really sustains the book is not so much the interweaving as Nemens’s capacious, cleareyed understanding, which goes way beyond that of the casual fan, and her evident sympathy for her characters… [I]n “The Cactus League” she provides her readers with what amounts to a miniature, self-enclosed world that is funny and poignant and lovingly observed.”


Everyone interested is welcome to attend!