Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7pm, Music Building, $20
O N A T H A N R A N Z E N
with Leonard Lopate
is the National Book Award-winning author of the novels The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections, and, most recently, Freedom, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2010. He is also the author of the works of nonfiction The Discomfort Zone and How To Be Alone. Publishers Weekly has said of Freedom: “Nine years after winning the National Book Award, Franzen’s The Corrections consistently appears on ‘Best of the Decade’ lists and continues to enjoy a popularity that borders on the epochal, so much so that the first question facing Franzen’s feverishly awaited follow-up [Freedom] is whether it can find its own voice in its predecessor’s shadow. In short: yes, it does, and in a big way…. Franzen pits his excavation of the cracks in the nuclear family’s facade against a backdrop of all-American faults and fissures, but where the book stands apart is that, no longer content merely to record the breakdown, Franzen tries to account for his often stridently unlikable characters and find where they (and we) went wrong, arriving at—incredibly—genuine hope.” The Orlando Sentinel has described Mr. Franzen as a “a brave author, not afraid to take tremendous risks…[a] writer of exceptional skill and vision…insightful…dazzling to behold.” Sven Birkets, writing in Esquire, has said: “What this man writes is true, and what is true indicts us. The Corrections transcends its many wonderful moments to become that rarest thing, a contemporary novel that will endure.” The San Francisco Chronicle has said of The Corrections that it “looms as a model for what ambitious storytelling can still say about modern life…. Franzen swings for the fences and clears them with yards to spare.” The New York Review of Books has said of The Corrections: “You will laugh, wince, groan, leave the table and maybe the country, promise never to go home again, and be reminded of why you read serious fiction in the first place.” Newsweek has said: “No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer has described Mr. Franzen as “one of the brightest lights of American letters.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. Franzen will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Jonathan Franzen: Greg Martin