Jonathan Franzen, Farther Away
Acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen (Freedom, The Corrections) returns to Bookshop for his ONLY book talk and signing on behalf of Farther Away, his terrific new collection of essays and speeches. In Farther Away,which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love, these pieces deliver on Franzen's implicit promise to conceal nothing. On a trip to China to see first-hand the environmental devastation there, he doesn't omit mention of his excitement and awe at the pace of China's economic development; the trip becomes a journey out of his own prejudice and moral condemnation. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.
Purchase Farther Away at Bookshop now, and then bring your copy for Jonathan to sign on June 16th. You’ll receive a voucher reserving your space in the signing line when you purchase the book.
Reserve your spot in the signing line at our June 16th event with Jonathan Franzen! Your copy of Farther Away will come with a numbered signing line voucher. (Please note that this will be used for prioritized signing, not seating. Open seating will begin at 6:00 for this 7:30 event. There are no reserved seats.)
If you can't join us for this event, you can still have a copy of Farther Away signed at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by Thursday, June 14th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.
Books can be personalized with a name and brief message, not more than 75 characters in length. Messages require the author's approval and are not guaranteed.