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Jonathan Franzen to appear at Skidmore

Jonathan Franzen to appear at Skidmore

Novelist, National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen will speak at Skidmore College at 8 p.m. Thurs

Novelist and National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen will speak at Skidmore College at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

Franzen will deliver the Frances Steloff Lecture at Skidmore College in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall, and read from his works. Admission is free.

Skidmore will award an honorary doctorate to Franzen, who will be available to sign books after the formal program.

Franzen’s debut novel was “The Twenty-Seventh City” followed by “Strong Motion.” But he was widely hailed as a major voice in American fiction with the 2001 publication of “The Corrections,” which won many prizes, including the National Book Award, and stirred considerable debate on the merits and prospects of the social novel.

Franzen’s most recent novel, “Freedom,” was published in 2010 and led to Franzen’s appearance on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Great American Novelist.” His newest book, “The Kraus Project” is set for release Oct. 1.

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