Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen
On Autobiography & Fiction Writing:
An Evening with Jonathan Franzen

Mondavi Center Presenting Program


National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Franzen exploded onto the literary scene in 2001 with The Corrections, an enormous international bestseller with translations in 35 languages, and American hardcover sales of nearly one million copies. His most recent novel, Freedom, was chosen as one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010 and was also a finalist in the fiction category for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award.

In his Mondavi Center appearance, Franzen will investigate the personal dynamics of fiction-writing by addressing four perennial questions that novelists are asked: Who are your influences? What time of day do you work, and what do you write on? I read an interview with an author who says that, at a certain point in writing a novel, the characters “take over” and tell him what to do. Does this happen to you too? and Is your fiction autobiographical?

Post Performance Q&A
Moderated by Eric Rauchway, Professor, Department of History, UC Davis.

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Sat • Oct 8, 2011 • 8PM

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Jackson Hall Standard

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