Saunders, the recipient of a MacArthur Award Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius" grant, has written four short story collections. The most recent, "Tenth of December," was reviewed this weekend in the New York Times' Sunday book review.
Critic Gregory Cowles described him as "one of the most gifted, wickedly entertaining story writers around."
Saunders will read from his collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central branch on April 13.
Other well-known writers who have been featured in previous years at the annual book-lovers festival include Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones; Laura Lippman, creator of the fictional private investigator Tess Monaghan, and "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell.