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An Evening with Jonathan Franzen

In conversation with Meghan Daum
Co-presented with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Episode Summary
In Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections Franzen comically and tragically captures the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the temptations and burdens of liberty, and the heavy weight of empire.

Participant(s) Bio
Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two collections of essays, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone.

Meghan Daum is the author, most recently, of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir about real estate addiction. Since 2005, she has been a weekly opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Meghan is also the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. She has contributed to public radio programs such as "This American Life" and her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications.