The Nieman Foundation, in partnership with the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, will host narrative journalism icon Gay Talese in conversation with Esquire magazine’s Chris Jones, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award. The Nov. 18 event starts at 2 p.m. in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, and is free and open to the public.

Talese, a pioneer of literary journalism, is the author of nonfiction books including Fame & Obscurity, A Writer’s Life and The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times. His work has influenced countless journalists and in the 1960s helped usher in a “New Journalism” centered on narrative writing. Jones, Esquire’s writer at large, is the author of Out of Orbit, a narrative about astronauts stranded in space after the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, and is a contributing editor at ESPN: The Magazine.