Jonathan Franzen In Conversation


Jonathan Franzen + Carody Culver

Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall

#Performances


#About the event

“Franzen is a master of rendering the broad sweep of humanity through the (extremely human) minutia of a family. In Crossroads, I felt a frustration and fondness for the Hildebrandts so deep it was almost familial. This is, perhaps, [Franzen’s] greatest skill as a writer . . . What more could a reader ask for, really?”

Jessie Gaynor, Lit Hub

#Artists

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, most recently Crossroads and Purity, and five works of nonfiction, including The Discomfort Zone, Farther Away, and The End of the End of the Earth.

Among his honours are the National Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Award, the Heartland Prize, Die Welt Literature Prize, the Budapest Grand Prize, and the first Carlos Fuentes Medal awarded at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Franzen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

An ardent bird-watcher, he has served on the board of the American Bird Conservancy since 2008, and has received the EuroNatur Award for his work in bird conservation.

Carody Culver

Carody Culver

Carody Culver is the incoming editor of Griffith Review. She's also been a contributing editor for Peppermint magazine and has written for Kill Your Darlings, The Toast, Books+Publishing, Archer and more. Her chapbook, The Morgue I Think The Deader It Gets, was published by Cordite in 2022, and she's been a featured Australian poet on the Best American Poetry blog.