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Jonathan Franzen, The End of the End of the Earth

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Online ordering has ended for this event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to have a copy of The End of the End of the Earth signed for you at our event, please stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831-423-0900 by 7 pm to purchase your copy. If you plan on attending the event, and would like to purchase a copy of the book with a priority signing line voucher, please do at Bookshop Santa Cruz before 7 pm, or during the signing line portion of the event. Thank you!

Bookshop welcomes acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen (Freedom, The Corrections) for a reading and signing of his sharp and provocative new essay collection, in which he wrestles with the mind, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. “As the ambiguous title of the latest work from National Book Award winner Franzen suggests, the essays in this collection contemplate our uncertain future in the face of climate change. This book is a Silent Spring for today, but instead of challenging readers to change the world, it pushes them to change themselves.” —Library Journal, starred review

In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes--both human and literary--that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen.

Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including The Kraus Project and Farther Away, all published by FSG. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. This event will have open seating (chairs usually set up an hour in advance), but you can reserve your place in the signing line when you preorder your copy of The End of the End of the Earth with a priority signing line voucher from Bookshop Santa Cruz below.

If you have any ADA accomodation requests, please contact by November 28th.