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Jonathan Franzen


The inimitable Jonathan Franzen returns to Melbourne for this live in-conversation event.

The author of six acclaimed novels including The Corrections, Freedom and Purity, his latest release Crossroads was selected as the Guardian UK Best Fiction Book of 2021 and an Independent Book of the Year, and proves him, once again, to be a master of the modern family saga.

At The Capitol, Franzen will join Astrid Edwards, host of The Garret: Writers on Writing podcast, for a conversation about Crossroads, his writing life and the state of the modern novel.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.

Jonathan Franzen will also appear in Brisbane and Sydney.


$30 full price
$25 concession
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About the book

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels including Crossroads, Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including The Kraus Project and Farther Away. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste and the Frenc... Read more

Astrid Edwards

Astrid Edwards is a bibliophile. She is the host of The Garret: Writers on Writing, judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She is the former Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and the former Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria... Read more


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113 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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