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National Book Festival

The 2001 National Book Award for fiction went to Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections," a sprawling postmodern family drama that was one of the decade's best-selling works of literary fiction. The novel was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Before "The Corrections" Franzen was better known for his nonfiction work, such as an essay he wrote in 1996 for Harper's bemoaning the state of literary fiction. Franzen's new novel is "Freedom" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He is a 2002 fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and makes his home in New York.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Jonathan Franzen

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