Puget Sound English Department

September 8, 2010

Jonathan Franzen at Benaroya: September 14

Professor Bev Conner alerts us that there are still single tickets available for American novelist Jonathan Franzen, the lead speaker in the popular and esteemed “Seattle Arts and Lectures” series for this year. Franzen will be speaking “On Autobiography and Fiction-Writing.” Best known for his ambitious 2001 novel The Corrections, which he claimed would–or should–reinvigorate the tradition of the Great American Literary Novel, and for the dust-up in which he rejected his selection by Oprah’s book club (and, presumably, his chance to earn the literary equivalent of the Platinum Record), Franzen is a controversial but undeniably talented author, and his most recent novel, Freedom (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010, $28) has garnered some impressive reviews (see, for example, the ubiquitous Michiko Kakutani’s review in The New York Times, here).

Tickets appear to start at $15, and can be purchased from the online Box Office.

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February 4, 2010

Last Call for Poetry! (Free!)

For those of you with a free evening tonight, here’s a golden opportunity from Copper Canyon Press to hear 2009 Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin, and a group of younger poets:

Our benefit reading, W.S. Merwin & Friends is this Thursday, February 4, 7:00, at Town Hall Seattle. (That’s TONIGHT).

The Seattle Times recommended the event, The Stranger starred it, and it is co-sponsored by the indomitable Elliott Bay Book Company.

1) Some general admission tickets are still available: W.S. Merwin & Friends.

2) Free student tickets are available! Through the generosity of donors from around the country, there are approximately 75 free student tickets to distribute. To claim student tickets (2 per person max, please), send an email to studentcomp@coppercanyonpress.org. In the body of the email include the names to be added to the will call list. Tickets will be held until 10 minutes before the reading, then released as needed.